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Furniture store, discount retail outlets going in


KINGMAN - The 90,000 sq. ft. facility that formerly housed the Kingman Kmart store on E. Andy Devine Ave. is undergoing interior renovation and improvement. Co-owner Ben Laparne and his partner Mike Dewitt are dividing the structure for future use by three tenants.

A furniture store will occupy the south end of the building.

“I will confirm that we have inked a deal for an Ashley Furniture outlet,” Laparne said. “I can also tell you that we’re talking with several other retailers and we’re getting a tremendous amount of interest on that building from different users. We’ve talked to Harbor Freight and we’ve had some interest expressed from a Dollar Tree.”

Laparne said a restaurant lease is not contemplated because the exit of Kmart left a big shopping void at that end of town.

“People have stopped here and come into the building and they’re really missing a variety retail store in a huge way,” he said. “They are anxious for us to put a discount retailer there.”

Laparne said he and his partner do not own Bashas or Taco Bell, but that the old Kmart and other buildings leased to a dispensary, a shoe outlet and a hair cutting salon will get new store fronts. He said the makeover will include parking lot resurfacing and establishment of a pad for another potential commercial enterprise.

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