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Albany strip mall showing signs of progress

June 10, 2007

Albany - - Get ready for more places to eat, shop, and relax. Kohl's Department store announced it will soon open in Albany. Also, for the past couple of months, we've been keeping you up to date on the progress of a 14,000 square foot strip mall also coming to that same area.

This week, steel was placed on the nine acre facility and developers say they're ready to bring an array of businesses that will give you more options to shop. 

14,300 square feet of free space will soon be a place for you to shop to your heart's content.

"419,000 people come into Albany to shop from the surrounding counties and they will get off at this interchange and see our site first," says Mary Carter of Thomas Crane Realty.

Walden Park will sit on the corner of Nottingham Way and Ledo Road, convenient for Liberty Expressway drivers. The first sign of progress....steel that appeared this week.

Organizers say they've got some companies just about ready to move in.

"A Seafood restaurant from Florida, a Mexican restaurant, a day spa, nail salon, we've got several that we're really close with making deals with."

But with nine acres of land, Carter says, there are still quite a few spots available for companies wanting to do business here.

We hit the streets to find out what you'd like to see. To our surprise, many of you have similar aspirations.

"Anything that we don't have that you would like?" we asked Geetah Ravindar.

"Olive Garden!" she said.

We also asked Samantha Smania.

"Olive Garden. I like their restaurant," she answered.

"Any particular restaurant you might like?" we asked Sharon Basko.

"Oh I love Olive Garden. That's like the best," she agreed.

"We need to get us an Olive Garden. They need an Olive Garden," Billie Jean Boone told us.

"Do you think their ideas might be given some consideration?" we asked Carter.

"Oh yes, were always looking for new ideas," she said.

Only time will tell. But until then, keep watching as more shopping options soon become reality. 

Other ideas floating around for the Walden Place strip mall include a bank and possibly a big box retail company. The first phase of construction is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

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