Carrs Safeway, Guitar Center to replace Midtown Sears
A Carrs Safeway supermarket will return to a Midtown retail complex which the grocery chain left more than two years ago, replacing the mall’s namesake department store.
Al Tamagni Sr., chair of the Midtown Community Council, said a lease for Carrs Safeway, as well as a Guitar Center music store, moving into the Sears store area of the Mall at Sears was signed in December. Stakeholders in the project, including Carrs Safeway and the mall’s owners, presented details on the project at a recent council meeting.
“They showed us some drawings and what the outside’s going to look like,” Tamagni said. “And then they gave us the presentation that that Carrs is going to move into the Sears, and that there’d be a guitar store there – and some enhancements all around the outside of the total structure, and do some enhancements on the inside also.”
Neither of the new stores, Tamagni said, will affect the Nordstrom Rack outlet store which opened in part of the Sears store’s original space.
Repeated attempts by KTVA to contact Carrs Safeway, as well as Sears-affiliated real-estate firm Seritage Growth Properties, were unanswered by Tuesday afternoon.
An agenda from the community council meeting mentioned that the mall's name is expected to change to The Shops at Seritage.
Sears’ parent company, Sears Holdings Corp., has moved to close more than 100 Sears and Kmart stores nationwide by mid-April, including the Anchorage location and its attached Sears Auto Center.
The mall’s previous Carrs Safeway, on the west end of the building, closed in September 2015 after company officials said it had been underperforming. A number of temporary tenants have since occupied the site, which Tamagni said was unable to host a new Carrs location.
“You know, that location is OK, but the store itself is obsolete,” Tamagni said.
Scott Jensen and Lauren Maxwell contributed information to this story.
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