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Old Village 6 Cinema building to be demolished, redeveloped as retail
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Old Village 6 Cinema building to be demolished, redeveloped as retail

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The old Village 6 Cinema on South Reserve Street is slated for demolition this summer and the property’s new owner has plans for redevelopment.

The Woodbury Corp. has purchased the property, located at 3804 S. Reserve St., and will likely demolish the defunct theater within the next 30 days.

“We’re going to tear down the existing theater building and build more retail there,” said Kraig Erickson, manager of leasing and development for Woodbury. “We’ll continue with the same type of retail as we’re doing at South Crossing.”

A memo released Thursday by the Missoula Redevelopment Agency placed demolition costs at roughly $336,000. Once the property is cleared, Woodbury plans four new buildings on the site, each fronting Reserve Street.

The four retail buildings would offer 23,000 square feet divided into six properties. The largest would offer 7,200 square feet, according to plans on file with the city.

Woodbury purchased the old K-Mart building in the same area and demolished it last year. A new Cabela’s store opened recently on the site, along with the Boot Barn. A Men’s Warehouse store is under construction.

Several additional properties remain undeveloped on the initial South Cross property. Erickson said plans are in the works for new tenants, including City Brew, which is expected to build on one of the available pads fronting Brooks Street.

“City Brew has a sign up, and two other tenants are taking the third pad,” Erickson said, adding that he was not at liberty to say who those tenants would be. “They’ll most likely be food uses.”

The largest parcel of undeveloped property was initially reserved for Kohl’s, a national department store. Erickson declined to confirm if Kohl’s still planned to move into the new southside development.

“We’re still working with a group there,” he said. “I’m not at liberty to say who.”

Asked if Woodbury was looking at other Missoula properties, Erickson said the developer had its eye on several.

He said the company has confidence in the Missoula market.

“South Crossing is turning out very well,” he said. “Not everything is completely signed, but I think we’re pretty much done with what we have and what we own. We’re open to looking at other properties in Missoula.”

Reporter Martin Kidston can be reached at 523-5260, or at martin.kidston@missoulian.com.

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