A major improvement is coming to Carmel’s Merchants Square shopping center. Texas-based Flix Brewhouse plans to inject new life into what is now mostly empty space by opening a combination movie theater-microbrewery in the 40,000 square-foot space that was formerly occupied by the Hobby Lobby store.
Merchants Square’s landlord, Michigan-based Ramco-Gershenson Inc., recently applied for a zoning variance to allow fewer parking spaces. As it stands now, the city requires a total of have 1,960 parking spaces to accommodate the estimated influx of traffic. To create room for an additional 61 spaces the vacant Old Navy store that is current on short-term lease to Halloween City will be demolished, along with a neighboring retail space and around 10,000 square feet of the Hobby Lobby space. Valet parking may also be offered when parking is scarce.
The Merchants Square shopping center has been struggling for some time. Read More.