Who will occupy Albertsons?

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

The empty Albertsons grocery store at Independence Street and Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau has sat like a giant question mark since April 2002.

What enterprise could fill a 57,560-square-foot building?

The answer will come at a media conference at 1:30 p.m. today at Albertsons. Developer Jim Maevers, tight-lipped on Tuesday, would only say he'll be there along with representatives of the future tenants.

Albertsons closed in Cape Girardeau only 13 months after opening its doors, a casualty of a company restructuring that included closing 165 underperforming stores in 25 states.

Arby's restaurant purchased the corner of the parking lot previously occupied by Albertsons' defunct gas station and convenience store. Developers leveled that building and plan to open the new restaurant in late December.

For news about who will take over the bigger building, check semissourian.com today immediately after the news conference, and read Thursday's Southeast Missourian for all the details.

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