Officials with Marshalls, a chain of discount department stores, have filed a building permit with the city of Vincennes, officially making it the second anchor store to announce construction in the Kimmell Pointe Shopping Center.
Mayor Joe Yochum on Monday confirmed that Marshalls had filed building permits with the inspector's office. Colt Michaels, executive director of the Area Plan Commission, said plans calling for a 21,000-square-foot building had made their way to his desk as well.
He expected to be able to approve them, he said, without consideration of the full APC board, which meets today at 6 p.m.
He had also approved permits for signage from Marshalls back in November, he confirmed.
Yochum said he was thrilled to receive the news.
“It just keeps getting better,” he said. “I'm excited and not just for that side of town but for everybody. These stores will surely draw people from all over, all the surrounding counties, for sure.
“And if they come here to shop at those stores, hopefully they'll visit our other stores, visit downtown Main Street, while they're here.”
Local officials announced the first anchor store, Hobby Lobby, back in July, and construction is nearing completion.
Developer Heath Klein has said he expects Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts store based in Oklahoma City that also sells party supplies and home décor, to open sometime during this first quarter.
Last fall, officials with Texas Roadhouse, a popular steakhouse, announced plans to build there as well.
And more are on the way, Klein said.
“We're getting very close to (securing) another anchor store,” he said. “Although we're still a few months away.
“And we're in negotiations with several more. I would expect several of those announcements coming within the next year or two.”
And Klein — who spent more than two years putting together the initial deals — said he is thrilled with the way it's all come together.
“We're getting national names we didn't initially think we could get,” he said. “But once we were able to land Hobby Lobby, we had several others express interest.
“Everything is falling into place much better than I had anticipated,” Klein said. “This is going to be a great thing for the community.”
It's actually been five years since Klein first announced he'd purchased the old Kmart property in the hope of redeveloping it, and it's been two years since the city's Redevelopment Commission partnered with him in building the Kimmell Road extension.
Progress took something of a hit in the fall of 2017 after one big box retailer pulled out at the last minute, a move that eventually caused Klein to switch development partners.
But it was a move, he said, that led to "bigger and better" anchor stores.
The RDC, too, just completed a $4 million reconstruction of Main Street, the first of a three-phase effort.
The first section picked up at 22nd Street and headed out to Jamestown Apartments; it includes connection into the Kimmell Pointe shopping center.
The two subsequent phases will eventually take Main Street improvements all the way out to Richard Bauer Drive.