Vienna Mall announces Sears demolition, new re-development plan

VIENNA, W.Va. (WTAP) The owners of the Grand Central Mall announced plans Wednesday to demolish the former Sears store and begin re-developing the mall property into a “hybrid town center.”

Demolition will begin early next month, according to Washington Prime Group Inc., which owns the mall. The Sears store closed in December.

In a news release, the company said plans are in the works to develop an open-air component that will feature “first to market big box retailers.” An announcement about those stores is planned in the near future, officials said.

The mall property has seen some big changes in recent months with the opening of H&M, Hibbett Sports, Ulta Beauty and Five Below. In addition, Big Lots has announced plans to open a store later this year in the former Toys R Us location.

“We’re proud of the four new store openings that occurred last year and the upcoming Sears redevelopment is going to take Grand Central to the next level." said Jody Hopkins, the mall's general manager. "Our commitment to deliver an expansive merchandise mix, family friendly events and popular dining options for our guests will keep our community center the best location for all your needs for years to come."