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Developer plans to tear down Sears to build new retail building, Portillo’s restaurant

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — The location once occupied by the now-closed Sears may get new life as a different retail building.

A plan filed with the Fort Wayne Plan Commission would continue the Shoppes at Glenbrook Development Plan. New York-based Seritage SRC Finance LLC bought the former Sears building and auto center.

The Sears at Glenbrook Square closed in November 2018 amid ongoing bankruptcy issues.

SEARS MEMORIES: Socks. It began with socks. 

Under the plan, the former Sears building and auto center would be demolished. A new retail building would be constructed and attached to the Glenbrook Square building.

The plan also calls for a freestanding Portillo’s restaurant. The tenants for the new retail building have yet to be determined.

The existing BJ’s Brewhouse and Chick-fil-A restaurants were also built on the Seritage parcel on different site plans and are a part of the Shoppes at Glenbrook development.

The planning commission’s document states the nearly 20-acre size of the site, along with new restaurants and other tenants, warrants its own signage. With the proposed plan, three monument signs would be placed.

The signs would be for Portillo’s, BJ’s Brewhouse and Chick-fil-A. A 15-foot freestanding sign would identify the Shoppes at Glenbrook and individual tenants as they come to the new building.

A public hearing for the proposed plan is set for 5:30 pm on March 11 at Citizen’s Square Suite 150. A week later, the commission will vote on the application.


Jacob Burbrink

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