For a few years now, the old K-Mart site on Avondale Dr. just off I-85 has sat vacant, with no activity save the occasional illegal dumping into the wildlife area to the property's rear, and the concomitant biannual visits by local Scouts troops to clean up their fellow man's junk and help the resident beavers out a bit.
The vacant shopping center has been an eyesore and sore point for neighbors in the Duke Park, Colonial Village, Northgate Park, and Braggtown communities, which have wanted to see the old shopping center put to more productive use.
The late 2006 opening of a Compare Foods supermarket in the old Winn-Dixie portion of the shopping center just to the west of K-Mart's pad was a good first step towards renewing the sleepy center. Now comes word from retail and office researcher CoStar that Harbor Freight Tools, the popular retailer of "top-quality tools," has leased 15,000 sq. ft. in the vacant K-Mart building, which is currently undergoing up-fit and renovation in preparation for the store's arrival.
Also of interest: CoStar reports that another 30,000 sq. ft. in the old K-Mart has a pending lease; together, this means that half of the old discount store's space is now spoken for. No word on what other tenant is coming to the building.
From the "Stuff I Never Knew" department: Apparently, the landlord for the K-Mart building is none other than the NCDOT. Anyone know more about that?