Shopko building sold; will reopen as retail mall
After months of speculation as to what will move into the closed Shopko building in Kasson, it is now official that the structure will be remodeled into a commercial retail center.
A.C.S. of Kasson officially closed on the 36,000 sq. ft. building on May 27. Shopko filed for bankruptcy in 2019 and the building was purchased from First Commonwealth Bank of Pennsylvania.
Brad Clemens, who owns A.C.S. of Kasson along with Pat Adamson, said the building will be split into about nine individual retail locations which will take up about half the building. Six of those stores will have their own entrance from the outside and the others will have entrances from the interior.
Three of the businesses are nearing completion of rental agreements, he said. One of those retail outlets, he added, is a specialty ice cream shop.
A storage facility is a possibility for the portion of the building that is not remodeled for retail.
Clemens said work on the remodeling is anticipated to begin in July and will include remodeling the interior as well as constructing outside entrances to the retail area.
Clemens said that he and Adamson have had “our eye on this for a while” The Rochester resident said they have been hearing good things about Kasson and have decided it is a good move.
The building has been empty since Shopko filed for bankruptcy and closed down all its stores last year.
Information from the Minnesota Department of Revenue lists the sale price of the structure at $1.2 million. Clemens said he anticipates they will be putting another million into the renovations.