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Dunham's to occupy former Scott's in Columbia City

Whitley Co. project could bring 60 jobs.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 3:06 pm

A Michigan-based real estate company wants to convert the former Scott's Food & Pharmacy building in Columbia City into a Dunham's sporting goods store.

Kerr Real Estate plans to begin modifying the vacant store, just off U.S. 30 at 496 W. Plaza Drive, this spring to house the proposed 30,000-square-foot Dunham's store, the Whitley County Economic Development Corp. said in a news release.

Dunham's hopes to open the store this summer, the news release said. The project, which developers are billing as a “multi-tenant retail facility,” also would allow space for other tenants to locate in and around the former Scott's store, the release said.

The Columbia City Common Council was scheduled Wednesday evening to consider a 10-year package of reduced taxes on the $1.5 million of building improvements, the release said.

Kerr Real Estate estimated the project would create up to 60 jobs and involve more than $4.5 million in investments by the developer and tenants. The news release did not name any tenants other than Dunham's.