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Vacant Sears store at Glenbrook to be torn down, redeveloped into Portillo’s and new space

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Not long after one of Glenbrook Mall’s anchor tenants closed its doors, development plans are already underway for the space.

This map shows the space Seritage LLC owns at Glenbrook Square. (Courtesy Seritage LLC)

According to an application filed this week to the Fort Wayne Plan Commission, New York-based Seritage Growth Properties wants to demolish the Sears building and the auto center.

They already own the land, and want to put in a free-standing Portillo’s restaurant.

Portillo’s is a Chicago-style restaurant that specializes in hot dogs, Italian beef and burgers.

The company also wants to add a new retail building that will be connected to the Glenbrook Square Mall.

At this point, Seritage is still looking for tenants to go into that retail space.

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In the master plan submitted on Tuesday also calls for new signage in the form of a 15-foot pylon for the Portillo’s, BJ’s Brewhouse and Chick-fil-A. The existing BJ’s Brewhouse and the Chick-fil-A are part of Seritage LLC’s parcel of land.

The plan says because the site is nearly 20 acres and is adding new restaurants and tenants, it deserves its own signage on the property.

This application would have to be approved by the Plan Commission.

The next order of business is a public hearing on March 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Citizen’s Square, and a week later on March 18, the Planning Commission will hold a vote on the application.

Sears officially closed in November 2018.

According to its website, Seritage Growth Properties formed to take the failed Sears Holdings real estate and turn their properties into viable retail, dining and mixed-use areas.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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