The old IGA shopping center in mid-town Payson is in the beginning stages of a transformation.
New drug and furniture stores and a relocating local feed store are bringing life to one of Payson's oldest shopping centers.
The southeast corner of the Beeline and Highway 260 is home to Country Corner, The Amazing 99 Cent Store and Auto Zone.
One of the tenants, Donut Corral, is moving to the front of the center, gaining more space and making room for an anchor tenant, Osco Drug, at the west end.
Osco is in the final stages of signing a lease, shopping center owner George Harrison said. He said the drugstore is in the process of obtaining town permits and once that is completed, it will take four to five months to open the doors.
Harrison plans to redo the front face of the center to match the dr Osco chooses. Other renovations will include a new roof and new blacktop and should be complete by May 2000, he said.
Another new face, Legacy Home Furnishings, is scheduled to open in October. Attracted by the growth in Payson, owner Dan Hill and his family have moved here from Mesa. He brings a relationship with Lazy Boy Furnishings.
"(The stores in the Valley) have all told me, 'You are going to do great because we are constantly selling to Payson'," Hill said.
Hill plans a gallery-style showroom that will open in December, where customers can see what a room looks like when all the pieces are pulled together.
"It's going to be fun to walk through just to get home-decorating ideas," Hill said.
Another new tenant, Arizona Feeds, plans to open the first week in September in the remodeled IGA center, barring any construction delays, said manager Tammy Brown. The current Arizona Feeds building on the South Beeline will be torn down as a part of the Sawmill Crossings Project on the southwest corner of the Beeline and Main Street.
"I'm looking forward to (the move)," Brown said. "(The new store) will be bigger, more organized and cleaner." The new grocery store for critters will put more emphasis on small animals, and will add a free delivery service.
This will leave only a 4,800 square-foot space open on the west end of the center. Harrison said has been receiving calls weekly from businesses looking for rental space in Payson, and he predicts the space will fill soon.