West Chester shopping center undergoing $14M renovation, including new Krispy Kreme

A longtime Butler County shopping center is undergoing a $14 million renovation project that will add a handful of new businesses and provide additional space to some of its existing tenants.

Tylersville Pointe has 8,000 square feet to the east side of Big Lots, which will allow the chain to carry out its new “Store of the Future” format, according to Bill Mees, director of development for Midland Atlantic, which purchased the shopping center in 2018. A grand re-opening is scheduled for Aug. 27.

The Twin Dragon restaurant next door to Big Lots is getting a full facelift and a new Ross Dress for Less department store will move into a newly constructed space next door, according to marketing material for the site.

The plaza also will add a new Krispy Kreme location in an outlot between Taco Bell and First Financial Bank. Mees said the popular doughnut company and coffeehouse chain is hoping to start construct on the new store by the end of the year.

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Part of the shopping center project also involves the complete overhaul of more than 14,000 square feet of retail space on the property’s west side.

Tenants opting to ink a new lease agreement include Tobacco Marketplace, grocer Casablanca Mediterranean Food and restaurant Dancing Roll. That latter business is moving from its previous 1,500-square-foot location in the shopping center to a new 2,200 square foot storefront it will open in about two weeks, Mees said.

New businesses opening at Tylersville Pointe include Milk Bar, which has a location in Hyde Park Plaza, and Lakomka Deli, which has another location in the Deerfield Twp. area, and laboratory testing business CompuNet.

Midland Atlantic continues to actively market a 1,200-square-foot vacant storefront, also added new landscaping, re-paved the parking lot and installed LED lighting.

The firm has tackled a number of properties along Tylersville Road including Voice of America Centre and Tylersville Farm, which is anchored by an LA Fitness. It also has developed a number of outparcels in front of that shopping center, spots that include McDonald's, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa and restaurant Curritos.

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In 2014, Midland Atlantic sold Voice of America Centre to MetLife, but it continues to handle all property management and leasing for the site, Mees said. It's also kept its

“We’ve got a good history and a good familiarity with that corridor and a great relationship with West Chester Twp.,” he said. “As we’ve been in that corridor, we’ve always been eyeing this corner and seeing the value of the real estate.”

Tylersville Pointe, formerly known as Kingsgate Plaza, had been under the same ownership for about 30 years before Midland Atlantic purchased it in 2018, Mees said.

“We were just looking for a chance to try to re-brand it and roll it out as an upgraded, renovated shopping center and put our own spin on it,” he said.

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