Osco Drug, La-Z-Boy May Help Owners Breathe Life Into Payson Center


In recent months, the old Payson Center at the southeast corner of the Highway 87 and 260 intersection has taken on the look of a ghost town.

The center's anchor tenant, Weber's IGA, closed up shop, Manzanita Cyclery moved over to the Ponderosa Village Shopping Center, and the space vacated by Coast-to-Coast hardware remains empty.

The old center is due for a rebirth, and George Harrison said he's going to make sure that happens.

A partner in C&H Limited Liability Corporation, Harrison said he has an architect working on the remodeling of the center.

"The design has really become antiquated," he said. "We want to give it a new look, something that's a little more Payson, a little more like the (Payson Village Shopping Center) across the street," Harrison said. C&H also owns the Payson Village center. "There's a shopping center in Flagstaff that is similar to what I'd like to do, something a little more woodsy."

Harrison has also lined up a few new tenants to fill in the empty spaces.

"We've got Arizona Feed signed and ready to go in there," Harrison said. He also has a deal in the works with La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries and Osco Drug to open up shop at the center.

Once his company settles on a design, Harrison said the plans will be submitted to the town for approval. He'd like to begin reconstruction by July 1.

Meanwhile, a few changes are in the works for the Payson Village Shopping Center.

The space recently vacated by the Sleep Shoppe is being split between the Wok Restaurant, and the Department of Economic Security, which will have access to its new addition from the rear of the building.

"We've also got National Bank going in the last two spaces by Wal-Mart," he said.

"It's like playing with tinker toys -- trying to find all the right pieces and put it all together," he said. "I think we're almost there."

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