Business: Ledbetters seek variances for ‘footprint’ of East Bend center’s proposed shops, restaurants; hearing is June 20. Thatcher’s Barbecue in Summerville training staff; no opening date yet.

Business: Ledbetters seek variances for ‘footprint’ of East Bend center’s proposed shops, restaurants; hearing is June 20. Thatcher’s Barbecue in Summerville training staff; no opening date yet.

 

Another step toward redeveloping the Kmart site into the East Bend retail and restaurant center is set for June 20.

That’s when the community’s Board of Adjustments will hear Ledbetter Properties’bids to seek zoning variances for the center’s planned reconstruction to house between 20 and 28 stores, restaurants and other options. The variances deal mostly with setbacks associated with what Wright Ledbetter described in a recent City Commission as the total reshaping of the nearly 20 acres. The board meets at 2:30 p.m.in the Sam King Room at City Hall.

Ledbetter,¬†at the City Commission’s May 13 meeting, said the city should expect “a total redevelopment of the site.” That includes demolition of the 190,000-square-foot Kmart building and ripping out existing infrastructure. The site would then be “rebalanced” as Ledbetter described it with new infrastructure followed by 100,000 square feet of new retail and restaurant space. In all, 20 to 28 businesses new to the area, he says.

City planners confirm Panda Express and Texas Roadhouse have been in talks about a potential location there. We’ve heard Old Navy, Kohl’s and Five Below as well.


The front of Thatcher’s in a Hometown photo from December.

Thatcher’s Barbecue & Grill in Summerville training staff; still hiring. While there’s still no opening date to share, the family behind Thatcher’s Barbecue reports they’re close to serving at 10070 Commerce St. This update from Monday morning: “We are getting close! We have hired some of the staff and they are training at our Calhoun location. We are still searching for more front and back of house staff. And a meat prep day shift position.” Apply at Thatcher’s.

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