Local Kingsgate Shops Make Way for Nation Chains - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/4/05

Local Kingsgate Shops Make Way for Nation Chains

Some local businesses in a Southwest Lubbock shopping center have been asked to move to make room for some national stores. Campus design, Tucker Brown, and Davidson Salon are just some of the businesses that are already packing up and moving locations.

Alan Berger is the owner of campus design and has been operating his business in the Kingsgate shopping center since 1999. But when he went to renew his lease he was turned down.

The United Supermarket store on 82nd and Quaker will be closing next October and is in the process of building a new Market Street location just blocks away on 98th and Quaker.

With Uniteds upcoming closure Graco needed a plan to draw new business into the Kingsgate shopping center. Sources tell us that they're following that plan with the idea of bringing national chains like Bombay for Kids and a designer men's clothing store, Joseph A. Banks into the center.

Graco would not speak to NewsChannel 11 on camera but sent a statement stating.

"We are fortunate that several local tenants and national tenants have interest in these centers. The fact that prominent national retailers have the desire to join our local tenants speaks highly of the retail environment in Lubbock, Texas. However, it is our policy not to discuss leases that are in progress, and, out of respect for their privacy, not to discuss the business of our tenants. At an appropriate time, we will be happy to discuss new developments in these projects."

The question is now, what will happen to these local businesses now that they are closing their doors at Kingsgate in less than a month...

"It's very high risk any time you've built success in an area and then you have to try to build success somewhere else, there's a risk," stated Alan Berger.

Campus design plans to relocate to 98th and Quaker, near the new United Market Street.

Tucker Brown has already teamed up with a boutique and will be in business the day they close.

Both businesses say they are sad to loose a good location. But both are hopeful local shoppers will continue to buy from local vendors.

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