Mall at Sears could get new look to go with new name

Published: Apr. 14, 2018 at 3:09 PM AKDT
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Proposals are under review with the Municipality of Anchorage's Planning Department to make significant changes to the Mall at Sears.

Built in 1966, the Sears store had seen few, if any major structural changes before closing earlier this month after the company announced plans to close more than 100 stores nationwide.

Linda Boggs, marketing director for The Mall at Sears said the space will now be shared between Guitar Center and a Carr's grocery store.

According to site plans filed with the Muni, proposed changes include landscaping, new windows and adding architectural design elements. As of Saturday morning, Sears signage had been removed from the anchor store.

Boggs said the mall is currently in negotiations for a new tenant to take over the East side space left vacant when a Carr's grocery store closed in 2015, but she couldn't say who might be moving in.Officials with the Muni said millions of dollars in renovations have been proposed for the area, including adding interior bike racks for shoppers, additional sidewalks and a 7,000 square foot storage addition.

Boggs said the mall will get a new name, but nothing has been officially decided at this point.