It's Official - Grocery Outlet will be one of three tenants to occupy the vacant Kmart building. In an announcement made yesterday, Thursday, March 30, Wood Investments Companies offered the following statement: "Wood Investments Companies, Inc. is very pleased that we were able to purchase the former K-Mart shopping center on Highway 18 and Fox Farm Road. We are announcing that Grocery Outlet has signed a Lease for part of the building and will provide a variety of groceries and other daily needs items to the community, while at the same time providing a positive shopping experience and value. This Grocery Outlet will be independently operated by a local family with ties to Big Bear Lake and the surrounding area".

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The City has received a minor modification application from Wood Investments Companies to divide the building into three (3) equally sized tenant spaces. Information on the other two prospective tenants will be announced as details emerge.

It is important to note that any decisions on the use of the Kmart shopping center are ultimately up to the new owner and any new tenants of the shopping center - not "the government", not the City of Big Bear Lake, nor any individual City official.

Any future use must be consistent with the City's established Development Code, which allows a wide range of commercial and residential uses at the site. As long as the future uses are consistent with the City's Development Code, these decisions rest solely with the shopping center owner, who will likely consider a wide range of factors - including the overall vision for the shopping center, the return on investment, and the potential for tenant success in the local market. Ultimately, any property owner wants the right to make the best decision for their interests, whether it be the owner of a shopping center or any individual homeowner, and the City ordinances and California law absolutely respect that right.

Having noted that simple fact above, the City's role in the use of the Kmart shopping center is one of communication, assistance, and cooperation. City staff have embraced this role and have been actively working to communicate the City's preferences, offer any helpful assistance to potential buyers and potential new tenants, and stand ready to work cooperatively and in partnership with all parties.

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