|The new look for the Kings Park Shopping Center.|
The Giant grocery store will be expanded from its current size, 28,000 square feet, to just over 50,000 square feet. The new building will have a higher ceiling; from the street, it will look like it has two stories.
Giant will close June 19, and demolition will start after July 4, says Rosemary Ryan of Braddock Supervisor John Cook’s office.
To create adequate parking for the new, bigger Giant, the building that used to house the Kings Park Veterinary Hospital at 5241 Rolling Road, will be demolished, too. The project is scheduled to be finished in March 2015. The renovation of Giant is being undertaken by the Giant Food Co.
At the same time, Regency Centers, which owns the rest of the shopping center is updating the center with new facades, so the stores will look like they have two stories. “The renovation won’t add to the footprint, but will add more visual interest,” Ryan says. That project is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving 2014.
The current open area with outdoor seating between Giant and CVS will be converted to a larger plaza for outdoor dining and will have piped-in music. This area will be available to patrons of all of the restaurants in the shopping center.
The community room on the second floor of the shopping center, which was badly damaged several years ago when the pipes burst, will be renovated, too. It’s currently managed by the Braddock Road Youth Club, which is negotiating with Regency to continue that relationship.
The renovation also calls for a new entrance to the center from Rolling Road, parking lot improvements, and new sidewalks. Businesses will stay open during the renovation.