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Retail developer plans changes to shopping area

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A group of retail development companies has submitted plans of changes to this South Main shopping center to increase its marketability. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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An Albuquerque retail development group is considering changes to a southside shopping center that has been largely vacant for years.

Documents filed with the city of Roswell indicate that a group of companies whose agent is Joshua Skarsgard plans to upgrade tenant spaces and make other changes to the shopping center in the 1300 block of South Main Street between West Wildy and West McGaffey streets.

The retail development was once the home of the major tenant Skeen Furniture Warehouse, which occupied about 46,000 square feet from summer 2009 to 2015, according to information from published news articles and a sign on the building about the liquidation sale. Now the retail center is occupied by Little Caesar’s Pizza, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Kana Clothes LLC. A Watermill Express water dispenser also stands in the parking lot.

A Walgreens at the corner of McGaffey and Main streets, adjacent to the shopping center, occupies land owned by a different company, according to county real estate records.

Skarsgard did not return phone calls by press time. But the city documents indicate that Retail Equity Development 5 LLC, Retail Equity Development 7 LLC and Red Shamrock 6 LLC are planning to increase the marketability of the property by remodeling and upgrading some of the existing tenant spaces, altering the 6.3-acre property to condense lots and possibly creating an “outparcel” at the southeast corner of the property near Main Street for future development. The developer also intends to rename the property to the Roswell Pavilion Shopping Center. New Mexico Secretary of State records list Skarsgard, who has given an address in Albuquerque, as the organizer and agent of all three companies.

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The city of Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission approved a final plat Tuesday night for the center, with the city’s Planning and Engineering Department writing of its agreement with the plans. But the Roswell City Council still must vote on the matter at a future meeting.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.