SCOTTSBLUFF — In February, Payless ShoeSource announced it was closing 2,300 of its stores, including one adjacent to the Walmart center in Scottsbluff. However, that space won’t be vacant for long.
Later this year, Great Clips and Little Caesars Restaurant will become new tenants at the property.
Michigan-based Schostak Brothers and Company, a 99-year-old real estate company that owns properties nationwide, began searching for a replacement as soon as Payless announced the closure.
Tom Litzler, Schostak Brothers executive vice president and chief operating officer, said the company’s leasing representatives did a good job of marketing the property and identifying some potential businesses to fill the space.
“I’m not sure what the magic was, but we found two quality tenants for the building,” Litzler said.
Work on dividing the building is already underway, although no date has been set for completion of the work.
Great Clips currently has a store on Avenue B in Scottsbluff and will open its store near Walmart as soon as possible.
Little Caesars has done business before in the community when it was located in the former Kmart building in Scottsbluff. The carryout pizza restaurant closed some time before the Sears-Kmart Corporation began closing its own stores.
Founded in 1959, Little Caesars is the largest carryout-only pizza chain in the nation as well as the third largest overall, trailing Domino’s and Pizza Hut.
“We don’t have an exact date for when either business will be open,” Litzler said. “I’m sure they’d like to be in operation as soon as possible.”