Old Builder's Square finally leased

November 6, 2007
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Builder’s SquareThe empty big-box Builder's Square near Lafayette Square Mall finally has a new tenant after sitting vacant more than 10 years. Garden Ridge, a Texas-based home-decor chain, plans to take the 110,000-square-foot space and open its first location in Indiana. The company hopes to open in February 2008, around the time a new Wal-Mart Supercenter opens nearby. The deal is a strong sign that the Wal-Mart is driving new retail interest in an area that has struggled for years. Garden Ridge has more than 35 stores in 14 states. Wayne O’Hara of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate represented Garden Ridge and Home Depot, which owns the old Builder's Square. The building is at the northeast corner of 46th Street and Lafayette Road.
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  • Ever notice all these generic depressing big box stores make every suburban part of the city look EXACTLY the same! Seriously. :(
  • Dude, Lafayette Sq. needs everything it can get, and if it's Wal Mart etc that's fine.
    This is good for the LS area and look for continued development off of 65/Laf Rd. There are some good ethnic restaurants there also. Maybe one of these days Simon will get around to tearing down the mall and bringing in some big time retailers.
  • I'm very familiar with Garden Ridge and had actually contacted them to ask them about ever opening an Indy store. Of course it was a generic response but nice to see they are giving the area a try. They are very similar to Flower Factory (which we have on the southside) and Old Tyme Pottery. This will be great draw for the area with easy off/on to the interstate.

    Nice to see a good reuse of that building!
  • any update on that old Dicks Sporting Goods on the NE side?

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