Sawmill Crossing Proceeds As Planned

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Sawmill Crossing has as many tenants and as much rent revenue as its owner, Kaibab Industries, projected for this point in its life. And its pad sales have met or exceeded expectations.

However, the construction plan is running a little behind schedule, according to Paul Peterson, spokesman for Kaibab Industries.

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Chili's has only been open a short time in Payson, but has already made a name for itself among Rim country residents as the place to go for great appetizers. Chili's won first place in the Roundup's Best of Payson readers' poll for having the best Awesome Blossom and Southwestern Egg Rolls in the area.

In the existing buildings there are only two vacant spaces. The main structure, where the Sawmill Theatres are located, has a single unit that is about 720 square feet.

The new structure, in which Club USA will occupy about 60 percent of the space, has an additional 1,700 square feet available for rent.

The construction of the Club USA building was one of the primary developments at Sawmill Crossing in 2002, but the one with the highest profile was the opening of Chili's Restaurant. Peterson said other developments included acquiring Flowers by June as a tenant and selling one of its Highway 87 frontage pads to REMAX. With the sale to REMAX, all of the Beeline pads have been purchased, however one pad on Main Street, where the construction trailer is located, remains available.

Peterson said construction plans call for another building to the east of the Club USA building. It will be about 10,000 square feet. He said they had hoped it would have at least been under construction, if not completed, by now, but the economy has put that behind schedule. It will probably be started in about six months to a year from now, Peterson said.

"We have been very happy with the way people have received the theaters. I believe Chili's is quite pleased with the response it has had. And Club USA will be open within two to three weeks," Peterson said.

As for the future, when the one building east of Club USA has been built and everything is fully occupied and the Main Street pad is sold, phase one for Sawmill Crossing will be complete, Peterson said.

He said for the time being there are no plans to develop the five acres on the south side of the property.

Sawmill Crossing businesses

Apothecary Shop of Payson

Chili's

Club USA

Flowers and Gifts by June

Marble Slab Creamery

Mountain Respiratory Care

Quizno's Classic Subs

Rim Country Kids

Sawmill Theatres

State Farm Insurance, Deborah Barber

Stockmen's Bank

The Cookie & Coffee Cafe

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