The previous Sears constructing at Gateway Mall has sat largely empty for greater than two years, with solely a short lived Halloween retailer occupying a part of it for a couple of months within the fall of 2019.
The 120,000-square-foot retailer was bought to new homeowners in December 2019, and so they have since been advertising and marketing it as a web site that could possibly be redeveloped as a strip mall with smaller outlets.
The Sears constructing is one in all numerous big-box retail websites sitting empty round Lincoln, victims both of shifting retail buying habits or the coronavirus pandemic.
They embody the two-level, 150,000-square-foot former Younkers retailer at Gateway, the 80,000-square-foot former Shopko retailer at twenty seventh Avenue and Nebraska 2, the 50,000-square-foot former Gordmans retailer close to twenty seventh and Superior streets and the 50,000-square-foot former Rod Kush’s 7 Day Furnishings retailer at Edgewood Procuring Middle.
Plenty of smaller shops, also known as “junior” bins, additionally sit empty. They embody the 30,000-square-foot former Contemporary Thyme Farmer’s Market at 52nd and O streets, the 30,000-square-foot Interest Foyer at forty eighth and Van Dorn streets and the 25,000-square-foot Mattress, Tub and Past that’s subsequent door to Gordmans.
With retail emptiness at its highest degree in practically a decade, the long run seems to be bleak for these giant areas, at the least as retail hubs.