The former Mandan Central Market is up for sale or lease, but it likely won't be a grocery store.
“Efforts in the near-term may need to expand beyond grocery use because of the existing lease agreement,” according to the city’s newsletter, the Mandan Messenger.
The lease by Central Market expires Dec. 31, 2016. Early release of the lease may be possible for non-grocery use. Mandan Business Development Director Ellen Huber said the building’s owners likely won’t be able to get the lease released early for another grocery store as long as Central Market pays on the lease.
City officials did contact regional groceries about coming to the area but have had no commitment.
Huber said having a grocery store on Main Street has driven traffic to other businesses in Mandan’s downtown. As more apartment units are being added downtown, many residents walked to the store.
Central Market closed in December and Thrifty White Drug is moving its pharmacy to a new building on Overlook Lane near Wal-Mart in Mandan. The owners are willing to lease, lease with option to buy, or sell the properties. The properties are available together or separately.
Joersz Land, LLP, owns the former Central Market building and the Thrifty White Drug building. Joersz Land is run by brothers Wally, Bob and Marv Joersz.
The former Central Market, is 32,173 square feet and sits on 2.68 acres. The building was constructed in 1989.
The Thrifty White Drug building at 511 First St. N.W. is 15,785 square feet and sits on .8 acres. The building was constructed in 1976.
The two properties are adjacent and could be combined for one larger retailer.
Bob Joersz said Runnings representatives looked at the property but they weren’t able to agree on a sales price.
Joersz said Link Golz, the owner of the True Value Hardware Store in Ashley, also has contacted him about the Thrifty White Drug building.
In November, Golz proposed to build a $1.7 million hardware store on land west of the Morton Mandan Public Library. In January, he said he may pull out of the $64,495 purchase offer he made to the city if a replacement is not found to fill the former Central Market building.
Huber said at the time Golz made the purchase offer, he also had been interested in the Thrifty White Drug as an alternative location. The store moving opens up that option for him.
The city and the Bismarck-Mandan Development Association will continue with outreach efforts to fill the space. If still available, the property also will be marketed at the International Association of Shopping Centers retail expo in May.
The buildings are in Mandan’s Renaissance Zone and the area eligible for Storefront Improvement matching funds.