Strip mall vacancies test Peoria economy

PeoriaBy Jackee Coe | The Republic |

Two freshly painted and renovated shopping plazas in downtown Peoria stand in stark contrast to two others nearby that struggle to find tenants.

A church and a few businesses cling together and hope for revival in the otherwise empty Peoria Town Center, near 83rd and Peoria avenues. No anchor tenant exists and a “store closing” banner hangs outside a Blockbuster Video store.

Across the way, boarded-up windows, cracked asphalt and weeds have largely overtaken Adobe Plaza, which once attracted shoppers to a Smitty’s grocery store and a restaurant near Grand and 84th avenues.

The strip malls have seen owners and tenants come and go over the years.


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