14B — August 11 - 24, 2017 — New Jersey — M id A tlAntic

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include renovation of the Kmart building into a 30,000 s/f showroom for Raymour & Flanigan $13 million project bringing Olive garden to Vineland on track V

iNELAND, NJ — The $13 million project ex- pected to bring Olive Garden and furniture giant Raymour & Flanigan to Del- sea Dr. is moving forward as planned. Vineland Director of Eco- nomic Development Sandy Forosisky told The Daily Jour- nal she spoke with Raymour & Flanigan representatives, who said the company is finalizing the lease for two lots at the site of the former Kmart. Part of that process includes a site plan exhibit that must be approved by Olive Garden,

Olive Garden and Raymour & Flanigan are expected to anchor new businesses coming to the former site of Kmart on South Delsea Dr. according to Forosisky.

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The project calls for the reno- vation of the Kmart building which closed in October 2015 into a 30,000 s/f showroom for Raymour & Flanigan and a 50,000 s/f Gabe's discount clothing store. Olive Garden and still-to- be-named grocery and auto parts stores would also be con- structed on 123,000 s/f of space at the 15-acre site at 3850 S. Delsea Dr.. The existing TD Bank and Arby's restaurant on location would be unaffected by the project. In March, the New Jersey Economic Development Au- thority approved a proposal by Raymour & Flanigan Proper- ties, LLC, that includes roughly $3 million in eligible state tax refunds. Earlier this month, the NJE- DA at its board meeting OK'd a recommendation to designate Vineland Delsea Dr., LLC (VDD), as the recipient of the incentives. In a memorandum to the board, NJEDA president and COO Timothy Lizura wrote. "The expectation was that Raymour & Flanigan Proper- ties, LLC would create a new single purpose entity (VDD) to be the owner of the property, which is consistent with how development projects are han- dled by (Raymour &Flanigan)." Lizura noted VDD was pre- pared to close on one of the two lots needed for the project at a cost of $2.85 million. The March proposal said the project would create approxi- mately 133 full-time jobs. Estimated opening dates for the businesses are contingent on land acquisition, with Ray- mour & Flanigan needing a year; Olive Garden and Gabe's 18 months; and the grocer and auto parts stores two years. n

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