A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held for the new Carson’s on the former site of The Plaza in Evergreen Park on Sept. 14 at 7:45 a.m., according to officials, who have also released details about other developments in the new Evergreen Park Open-Air Power Center. According to Bon-Ton Stores, which is building the Carson’s, the new location on the southwest end of the property at 9500 S. Western Ave., is a 120,000-square-foot, two-story store. Another Carson’s on the site, located east of the new store, will be demolished, officials said, and make way for parking at the new center. Detroit-based Lormax Stern Development is partnering with Tampa-based DeBartolo Development to construct the 425,000-square-foot center, and according to the Lormax Stern Web site, a Dick’s Sporting Goods, Whole Foods 365 grocery store, DSW footwear store, Five Below discount store, Petco pet supply store, Dressbarn women’s clothing shop, and Ulta Beauty store will be part of the development, with openings coming next summer. Demolition of The Plaza, once a 920,000-square-foot retail center, began in October of last year, about three years after a mall that was once one of the most popular in the Chicagoland area closed most of its businesses. The Plaza operated for more than 60 years in the community. Open to the public in 1952, it was originally a 500,000-square-foot open-air shopping center and was converted to an indoor mall in 1966.

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