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Building permit issued for Old Navy

SHARON CASKEY HAYES • Mar 14, 2007 at 12:45 PM

Site preparation work continues Tuesday at the Kingsport Pavilion Shopping Center on Stone Drive. Ned Jilton II photo.


KINGSPORT - Old Navy has joined the lineup of new retailers coming to Kingsport.

Kingsport's building department has issued Old Navy a $666,000 building permit for the exterior only of a new store in the Kingsport Pavilion Shopping Center.

The apparel store joins anchor tenants Target and Kohl's to receive building permits for the new shopping complex, which will eventually include more than 30 stores and restaurants.

Merchants Holding Co. (MHC) of Austin, Texas, is developing the 625,000-square-foot center on 78 acres on East Stone Drive, at the old Mason Dixon site.

Matt Lukas, vice president of MHC, said Tuesday construction is progressing on schedule.

"Most of our site work is complete. We're finishing the dirt work, the anchor building is going up, the next one will start immediately, and the other buildings will start going up in the next 30 days," Lukas said.

The complex is scheduled to open Oct. 14.

Kingsport Pavilion is expected to be constructed in two phases. The first phase is a $55 million development on 51 acres from Clark Branch to Leslie Branch. This phase, which includes the main anchors, will total around 425,000 square feet. Phase two includes 27 acres east of Leslie Branch. It will add about 200,000 square feet to the shopping complex.

Target was the first tenant to receive a building permit for the site, followed by Kohl's, and now Old Navy.

Old Navy is part of the Gap Inc. family and features clothing for men, women and children. The store is known for its denim, graphic tees, cargos and fleece.

Kingsport Pavilion is also expected to include a national book chain, six to seven restaurants, and other smaller retail stores.

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