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Demolition of Miracle Shopping Center to Begin by the End of October

The project may disrupt traffic on neighboring streets as trucks haul away the building's remains.

Demolition of the 9th Street and Palm Avenue shopping center will begin Oct. 26, a notice sent out Tuesday by the city said.

Buildings in the 700 block of Palm Avenue will be demolished Oct. 26 and buildings in the 800 block of Palm Avenue will be demolished Nov. 14.

Operations will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The old shopping center will be torn down to make way for a new center which so far has commitments from Fresh & Easy, Panda Express and Starbucks to open stores, said Imperial Beach Redevelopment Agency Coordinator Jerry Selby.

Trucks hauling away remnants of the old building on 8th and Delaware Streets and Palm Avenue and 9th Street could disrupt traffic, said Public Works inspector Larry Martin, but no street closures have been planned.

The Miracle Shopping Center was first opened to the public in 1949. Businesses began to relocate after the city purchased the property in 2009 but the final store closed its doors in July of this year.

A contract to demolish the building was awarded at a Sept. 7 City Council meeting to Patriot General Engineering, whose offices are based in La Mesa. The demolition will cost about $412,000.

Aaron October 05, 2011 at 01:22 AM
I know a lot of people are polarized about this, but the new development looks nice. I'm presuming Building "A" would be the Fresh & Easy, the angled entrance roof is kinda one of their design trademarks. The second 15k retail space would likely be a Walgreens or Rite Aid, based on typical property sizes.
SmokeNgun October 05, 2011 at 03:10 AM
SD Business Journal says Fresh & Easy backed out of the deal because of the delays. I was really hoping for Fresh & Easy to put Wally's out of business. Where can we find the list of retailers that have signed leases?
Shorebird October 05, 2011 at 02:22 PM
Iam so sorry to hear we lost Fresh&Easy,,,That is a huge disappointment. I was looking forward to a good quality grocer with fresh produce and frozen foods, a pleasant shopping experience in a less odorous market.
Shorebird October 05, 2011 at 02:23 PM
I am so sorry to hear we lost Fresh&Easy,,,That is a huge disappointment. I was looking forward to a good quality grocer with fresh produce and frozen foods, a pleasant shopping experience in a less odorous market, closer to my home.
Steven October 05, 2011 at 02:27 PM
Can we lose Starbucks too?
Mitchell D. McKay October 05, 2011 at 02:29 PM
As I have previously stated in this venue, I think a PetCo store and a new, modern US Post Office (at the west end of the center) as "anchor" businesses would ensure consistent consumer traffic to the new commercial development. I would also think a long-term contract for the PO would provide some guaranteed revenue stream for the City for many years to come...I'm just saying!
Brian October 05, 2011 at 05:29 PM
If this is true, then it is bad news. I, too, was looking forward to Fresh & Easy putting Wally's out of business. If anyone is interested in trying to get them to change their mind, you can go to www.freshandeasy.com/locationSuggestions.aspx and ask/beg/demand that they reconsider.
michael jones October 05, 2011 at 09:20 PM
how about a chipotles mexican food. - sound good for good quality mexican food
Fayette (Davis) Driskell October 05, 2011 at 10:41 PM
My goodness..progress does go on, doesn't it?..having grown up in IB in the 50/60's, I remember the shopping center as being a very busy one..there was a furniture store there where we bought our 1st T.V. as well as our new lvng/rm furniture..Mode-O'Day, where my Jr/Sr prom dresses came from, as well as other clothing..Rexall Drug, they not only supplied all the meds we took, but also had awesome strawberry malts!!..the show, where many of us spent our Fri or Sat evenings..Sec.1st Nat'l Bnk, where I was initiated into the world of employment, (WORK!!), after school 2-3 days a week..there were several businesses, very prosperous ones too, that serves the ole memory bank of adding to the growth of IB..as sad as it is at times to see the old go, its always nice to see "new" growth, "new" blood, that will continue to aid IB in its growth as the new day for new business dawns...
sherri frank October 05, 2011 at 11:29 PM
I will miss the shopping center as I worked at the Palm Theatre while in high school,,Sherri Gantert
Lyndsay Winkley October 06, 2011 at 03:06 AM
As a clarification: Janney, Selby and Brown said at tonight's council meeting that Fresh & Easy has not backed out of the coming construction.
SunSand&Surf October 06, 2011 at 12:50 PM
Fresh and Easy backed out of the original proposed development a year or so ago.
Aaron October 06, 2011 at 01:33 PM
That's good to hear, Lindsay!
Shorebird October 06, 2011 at 03:38 PM
CIty Council has said a lot of things..why not ask Fresh & Easy? I borrowed this next information from Brian, "If anyone is interested in trying to get them to change their mind, you can go to www.freshandeasy.com/locationSuggestions.aspx and ask/beg/demand that they reconsider." I have already inquired, waiting for a respponse.
SmokeNgun October 07, 2011 at 02:12 AM
I agree, the IB city council cannot be trusted to tell the truth. I checked the Fresh & Easy website, No IB location. There is a store going into the downtown area. Called their marking department today and left a voice mail. Also sent an email to the corp. office.
chris October 11, 2011 at 06:52 PM
since they gonna put starbucks why not put a jamba juice across from each other... alot of people would go for jamba juice. and yeah i would go for fresh n easy also.. but would like other stuff. like a desert place..
Shorebird October 11, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Response from Fresh&Easy says they have no plans for opening in IB.
chris October 11, 2011 at 07:04 PM
i feel good about rebuilding a new cool place. we need a lil classy here in i.b since were closer to coronado. and by the beach. we need something that we dont have to travel far up north to get ethic food or a place to chill or hangout.... In-n-Out would be nice also, or maybe a burger lounge.
chris October 12, 2011 at 02:05 AM
thats a bummer
chris October 12, 2011 at 02:06 AM
what about they put sprouts/henrys? is that better. if not whole foods?
syndee holt October 18, 2011 at 10:47 PM
I sincerely hope that Fresh & Easy comes to IB! We drive all the way to East Chula Vista to shop there. My son is a chef and it's the only commercial market he'll go to! If you haven't tried it, you are missing out AND spending too much $$. I've begged them through their website to come to IB and will continue to do so..

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