Exclusive: Demo to start this week on former Sears at West Oaks Mall
By Anjali Fluker
The vacant Sears store at West Oaks Mall this week is going to start its transformation into a new customer care center set to create hundreds of jobs.
The first level of Sears, which is about 69,000 square feet, will be renovated into an office space for a Xerox Corp. (NYSE: XRX) customer service center later this year, said Thomas Reid Jr. of St. Louis, Mo.-based Guarantee Construction, the project manager. Interior demolition at the Ocoee mall is set to start sometime this week.
The new Xerox center, which will be focused on processing statewide toll transactions for the Florida Department of Transportation, is expected to create more than 500 jobs ranging from executive-level to customer service positions, as previously reported by Orlando Business Journal.
Guarantee Construction is still awaiting approvals on drawings for the new facility, but Garrard Inc. was named as the demolition contractor, and the interior razing and rebuilding is expected to take about three months, project director Thomas Reid Jr. told OBJ.
“We’re overseeing the demolition and remodel, and we’re going to try to get done by August,” Reid said.
Repurposing the Sears box into an office center is the first step by Las Vegas-based mall owner Moonbeam Equities I LLC to rejuvenate the mall. The property eventually is expected to include multifamily, a hotel and other uses along with the existing retail, as OBJ previously reported.
Moonbeam spent $15.9 million to buy most of the 1.1 million-square-foot mall property in late 2012 and a year ago, began talking about bringing in a mix of uses.
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Fluker, A. (2016, May 10). Exclusive: Demo to start this week on former Sears at West Oaks Mall. Retrieved January 6, 2017, from http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/blog/2016/05/exclusive-demo-to-start-this-week-on-former-sears.html