Last week the Journal-Gazette published an article with the caption of “Retail to Refresh Broadway Corner.” The corner discussed in the article is located at the northeast corner of the Broadway and Taylor intersection. That intersection is already home to George’s International Grocery, the Mad Anthony Brewing Company (formerly known as Munchies Emporium), and several other small businesses. And guess what unique name the strip mall will have – “The Shoppes onBroadway.”
Anyone reading the JG article can see the buzzwords indicating a strip mall type of shopping center. The article notes that tenants could include quick-service restaurants (just call them fast-food joints), a hair salon, a video store, or a tax preparation business. One building is designed to include a drive-through, which indictes a fast-food chain of some type.
In addition to the strip mall, the brothers who own the property, Brian Straley and Tim Straley, are selling a portion of the land to another developer who plans to build a gas station and convenience store at the intersection next to the strip mall.
The comments from the brothers about the new strip mall are truly inspiring, “There’s just a need for nice retail here”, “The corner serves as a gateway into the city, and the Shoppes at Broadway will help make a positive impression on thousands of drivers who pass the site daily”, “The redeveloped corner will fit in with plans to revitalize downtown.”
Please, it is another strip mall which will simply join the dozens and dozens of other strip malls which litter the Fort Wayne and Allen County landscape. A rose is a rose is a rose.