Kirkland's is the latest store to eye the new West Manchester Mall site.

The Tennessee-based retailer of home goods submitted plans to West Manchester Township to open a store at the revamped shopping hub, said Monica Love, township zoning officer.

A $47 million redevelopment is slated for the 32-year-old mall, changing the look and style to an open, outdoor plaza.

As developers breathe life into the aging, outdated shopping center, retailers have been lining up to be part of the new marketplace.

Along with the anchors — Kohls, Macy's, Regal Cinemas and Walmart — Ann Taylor Loft and Petco have also signed on to have shops at the new mall.

Kirkland's plans call for a store to open between Petco and Ann Taylor Loft, which will be near the middle of the mall.

It will be the retailer's first store in York County. The nearest store is at the Rockvale Outlets in Lancaster.

Timeline: Tony Ruggeri, co-founder of mall owners Dallas-based M&R Investors, said no firm construction dates are in place.

The anchor stores will remain open during all construction, and the new mall is expected to be open in time for this year's Christmas shopping season, he said.

There are still a lot of variables up in the air and plans that need to be approved, Ruggeri said.

"We've received a set of revised plans we're in the process of reviewing," Love said.


Developers have submitted revised land development plans that include recently approved changes by the township's zoning board.

For example, on March 25 the board approved variances to ordinances that regulate off-street loading spaces, driving room between rows of parking spaces and the number of trees required at the mall.

Updated plans: Those variances and stormwater issues have been updated in the land development plans submitted to the township.

Because the revised plans were received on Tuesday, township supervisors might not be able to vote on them at their next meeting on Thursday, April 24.

"That's a tough turnaround," Love said. "The board may be reviewing them, but it may be too soon to recommend an approval."

If plans aren't approved next week, they could go up for approval at the supervisors' next meeting on Thursday, May 22.

But the township has already approved a demolition permit, which is valid until February.

"They could start tearing down the old mall any day now if they want to," Love said.

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