JACKSON — An 8,600-square-foot strip mall is coming to the outskirts of Jackson near the intersection of Interstate 90 and U.S. 71, with construction expected to commence in June.
Donnie and Audree Schoenrock, who own Kat’s Hog Heaven, a restaurant in downtown Jackson, teamed with the Jackson Economic Development Corp. to formally unveil the project Thursday morning on the site of the planned development, which will be built just off Industrial Parkway. The strip mall will be designed as a home to five tenants — with two of those already determined and three open to interested parties.
The Schoenrocks have signed a franchise agreement with Cabin Coffee Co., which recently opened a new location in Blue Earth. Cabin Coffee has locations in Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa (seven communities, with Mason City and Clear Lake — the company’s first store — being in closest proximity) and Minnesota (four cities, with another one also on the way in Stewartville). Cabin Coffee locations “take pride in being active businesses in their own communities” and roast beans every day on site, according to the company’s website, cabincoffeecompany.com.
“We wanted to find a way to invest in our community even more because we believe in this place,” Donnie Schoenrock said.
JEDC President Scott Reimer, who attended Thursday’s brief ceremony, explained that the organization worked on coordinating the strip mall for between nine months and a year.
“There weren’t a lot of investors looking to step up to do a project like this in a smaller community, so we took it upon ourselves to hatch this project and contact local business owners and see if we could get something going,” Reimer said.
The Schoenrocks expressed interest and were subsequently introduced to Cabin Coffee CEO Brad Barber through Tom Nelson, the contracted economic development coordinator for the city of Jackson and an employee of Community and Economic Development Associates.
Cabin Coffee will be one anchor of the strip mall, with the other being Subway, now located south of the planned strip mall site on U.S. 71. The JEDC is recruiting additional tenants for the site. Plans are for the building to be completed and open for business this fall.
Tri-State General Contracting of Jackson was hired for the project, and the firm has already prepared renderings for both the retail building and site layout. Tri-State Director of Construction and Design Mike Pigman, whose firm worked on Worthington’s New Grand Theatre building and is the contractor for the city’s new fieldhouse project, was also present for Thursday’s event in Jackson.