MOUNT POCONO, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- New development is coming to a plaza that's been partially shuttered for years.
Soon it will be a place for pet lovers, bargain shoppers, hungry families and possibly even fitness fanatics.
K-Mart moved out of the Mount Pocono Plaza in 2015, leaving behind a large, empty building. Two years later, new life is coming to it.
Vehicles pack one portion of the Mount Pocono Plaza, but on the opposite end, there's nothing for shoppers to see.
Part of the former K-Mart will become an Ollie's Bargain Outlet, which shells closeout and excessive inventory items. Currently, the closest Ollie's locations are in Wilkes-Barre and Allentown. Customers will find deals on a variety of merchandise from bedding, to books, and kitchen appliances.
"I think it's a good selection," says George Gianacopoulos of Mount Pocono.
Heidenberg Properties Group leases the plaza. A spokesperson says Pet Valu is also coming.
"We could use a pet store nearby because we have to go all the way to Stroudsburg," says Gianacopoulos.
There's talks of a Planet Fitness gym, too.
"I would love a closer gym besides, you know, going all the way to Tannersville," says Erika Harriott of Pocono Summit.
Harriott shops at the Weis and Dollar tree in the plaza. She's looking forward to a Hibachi restaurant that's moving in.
"I'm all for sushi, so I'm excited about that," says Hariott.
Residents Eyewitness News spoke with say they're looking forward to the redevelopment, saying it will bring more jobs and customers to the plaza.
"We need things that will be beneficial to Mount Pocono," says Jessica Banks of Mount Pocono.
The new businesses are expected to move in by this Fall. The leasing company says two spaces in the plaza are still available.