Waynesville, N.C. -- Shopping center developer CBL & Associates Properties, based in Chattanooga, Tenn., said Friday that it has launched construction on its newest community center project Waynesville Commons, located in Waynesville, N.C.
The 127,500-sq.-ft. shopping center will be anchored by a new 85,000-sq.-ft. Belk fashion department store, which joins the existing Walmart.
Also anchoring the project will be Michaels, and PetSmart, along with 11,000 sq. ft. of specialty stores. Initial site-work is underway with a grand opening scheduled for October 2012.
Belk will relocate from its current 50,000-sq.-ft. store at Ingles Market and will incorporate a new retail design, lighting, merchandise presentation and décor, and will offer expanded merchandise assortments.
“This represents an $8.2 million investment for Belk that will create an exciting new shopping environment designed especially for our customers in Waynesville,” said Bill Roberts, chair of the Belk Northern Division based in Raleigh, N.C.
The current Belk store will continue to operate at Ingles Market until the new store opens next October.