The $25 million makeover of Arbor Square at the corner of Highway 5 and Douglas Boulevard that housed the Douglasville K-Mart for decades is nearing completion.
Construction on the strip mall, which spans from Monterrey’s down to the new Tile & Stone Express location, is expected to be completed in April, Connolly Investment and Development Chief Executive Officer J.R. Connolly said.
The newly remodeled Arbor Square will a feature a Bealls Outlet, a HomeGoods, a Burlington Coat Factory, and a Smoothie King. A Del Taco, which is still in its early stages of construction, will be an outparcel in the shopping center near the Arbor Parkway side. Connolly, whose company owns the shopping center, said another business that hasn’t been announced yet will go in an outparcel where the Chevron sat on the Douglas Boulevard side of the shopping center.
Arbor Square was built and opened as a K-Mart shopping center in 1977. K-Mart closed in 2012, and Connolly Investment & Development was looking at ways to make Arbor Square a high-end shopping center just before the store closed.
In addition to the new businesses coming, the entire shopping center received a new exterior and interior look, according to Connolly. Most of the parking lot has been repaved and landscaping islands were added with trees. Connolly said there’s still more repaving and landscaping to be done.
“You can see that it’s definitely a brand-new shopping center in almost every respect,” Connolly said. “New parking lot, new sight lighting, new landscaping, new stores, new facade. There’s not much of the old that remains.”
Burlington Coat Factory, Bealls Outlets, and HomeGoods are all expected to open within the next 90 days, according to Connolly. Smoothie King is the newest addition to the revamped strip mall. The juice bar is going to move where Boost Mobile currently is located and Boost Mobile will move down a couple of spots in the strip mall. Connolly said he's not sure when the Smoothie King plans to open.
“What’s next is to operate the project and do whatever we can to help our merchants be successful and have a project that our customers, our neighbors like to come to,” Connolly said. “So that’s what we’re excited about next, which is actually operating, having these great merchants be in the community and do well and provide their goods and services to our neighbors in Douglasville and surrounding areas.”
Stores like Boost Mobile, Monterrey's, and Tile & Stone Express are still open despite the exterior construction work going on at Arbor Square.