More retail for Mandan
More retail could be coming to the east end of the “Strip.”
Randy Rhone has purchased the former Rivertree Inn property at 4524 Memorial Highway and is demolishing the buildings to make room for a shopping center.
Rhone plans to break ground in the spring on a 40,000-square-foot retail center. He said the development will have room for up to 20 tennants.
“For Mandan, it’s quite a big undertaking,” he said, Ellen Huber, Mandan business development director, said the last sizable retail development in Mandan before Wal-Mart was a shopping center near Dan’s Supermarket.
Huber said no other retail center property is available on the market right now. She anticipates space to also open up near the Wal-Mart north of town.
Rhone said Kyle Holwagner of Daniel Companies is handling the leasing and is talking with “unique” restaurants and retail outlets not available in Bismarck.
“There was a need for it,” Rhone said. “The whole area is growing exponentially.”
Rhone said Mandan is “lacking in retail,” especially that area in southeast Mandan. He said the center will give those residents more services and the location also will be easily accessible to residents in southwest Bismarck.
Huber said she thinks a retail center is well suited for the location.
“You’re seeing more retail on that end of the Strip,” she said. She added that retail also is part of the city’s Memorial Highway development plan made several years ago.
Huber said a lot of what is sold on the Strip now are “bigger ticket items” like cars, boats, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles.
“There’s definitely room for more and a need for more,” she said. “Some of the Strip is more industrial in character but there’s an opportunity to the east.”
Huber said there are destinations in the area retailers could capitalize on like Dacotah Centennial Park and Prairie West Golf Course.
Huber said Rhone has not brought any plans for the center before the city yet.
Rhone said the architect is still working on the layout. He said the design will be modern contemporary and will “beautify that end of the Strip.”
The location also boasts high visibility and traffic flow, with parts of the development visible from Bismarck Expressway and other parts visible on the Strip.
The Rivertree Inn on Memorial Highway in Mandan is being torn down to make room for a shopping center with up to 20 retail stores. Photo by Tom Stromme, Lee News
By Jessica Holdman