Dillard’s is acquiring the former Sears store in Killeen Mall for its Ladies and Home department, the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce chairwoman said Tuesday night.
Meredith Viguers spoke to the Killeen City Council during the quarterly briefing by the chamber and the Killeen Economic Development Corporation.
The Killeen Mall will have upgrades, completed by the end of the second quarter of 2020, that include the Dillard’s acquisition, Viguers said. Sears closed its doors in March due to a nationwide closing of locations around the country, including Killeen.
Mayor Pro Tem Jim Kilpatrick, who is also president of the KEDC board, talked to the council about the new downtown location of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Texas and the expected date of the National Mounted Warfare Museum groundbreaking.
The new Boys and Girls Club will be at 704 N. Gray St. and is expected to have a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse to serve Killeen’s preteens, a 14,000-square-foot gym and college center for teens and create eight additional jobs. Its current location is on West Avenue B in Killeen
“This is the first time a Boys and Girls Club facility is serving our teens, our youth in the North Killeen area,” Kilpatrick said.
The corporation is also predicting a spring 2020 groundbreaking for the Fort Hood-based National Mounted Warfare Museum.
Phase I of the 58,000-square-foot museum is projected for completion in 2022 and will feature 13,000 square feet of permanent exhibit space and 7,000 square feet of temporary/opportunity exhibit space, according to a recent news release from the National Mounted Warfare Foundation.
The museum will be located outside of the main gate of Fort Hood between the Marvin Leath Visitor’s Center and the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment stables, and will be fully accessible to the public, the release stated.
Viguers also discussed a potential grocer locating in North Killeen.
The October closing of the H-E-B store at 809 N. Gray St. left only two grocery stores in the city north of Interstate 14. For shoppers without easy access to transportation, that is a problem. IGA Foodliner closed in August. Stores north of I-14 remaining are Delicias Meat Market, 1001 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd. and O-Mart, 714 S. Fort Hood St.
Viguers said that the downtown location, according to H-E-B corporate offices, was losing about $500,000 a year and was not deemed profitable, hence the reason for the closing.
The property is owned by H-E-B and it could be months before corporate will decide what to do with the property.
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