Former Dickson City Kmart Springing To Life
DICKSON CITY — The owner of the former Kmart building off Business Route 6 plans to revamp the 120,000-square-foot structure into several retail operations, including a trampoline facility.
Benjamin Hadar of New York City has his first two tenants, Allure Salon Group and Planet 3 trampoline park, renovating their spaces and getting ready to open in January, he said Friday in a phone interview.
Hadar hopes to draw other businesses to the former Kmart building at 1011 Scranton/Carbondale Highway, including a gym, supermarket, brewery and medical office, to name a few types.
“I want to make it into a fun place with a lot of tenants,” Hadar said. “I want to make it into a really nice place.”
Hadar’s purchase three years ago of the 16-acre Kmart property in Dickson City was his first real estate venture in Northeast Pennsylvania, he said. After the Kmart closed last year, Hadar gained full control of the property in March and set about dividing it into several separate retail spaces.
Renderings of his vision for the building call it a marketplace and show the Planet 3 Extreme Air Park trampoline center occupying nearly 22,000 square feet of southwestern end of the building, and next to it the Allure Salon Group in 10,100-square-foot space.
“We’ve had a very strong response to people in the area because everybody knows this location for many years,” Hadar said. “It’s the main shopping drag, the main shopping corridor.”
The Dickson City location will be the second Allure Salon Group site, owner Karen Kaminski of Moscow said Friday in a phone interview. She opened her first Allure Salon Group in Wilkes-Barre Twp.’s East End Centre in June 2017.
The salon-group business model, featuring several turnkey salon suites under one roof, is new to this area but popular in other parts of the United States, said Kaminski, who also is a sales representative in the beauty industry.
The Allure Salon Group in Wilkes-Barre Twp. has 12 of 14 salon suites occupied, with a nail technician, skin salon, microblader, hair stylists and barbers, she said. Her tenants include former salon owners who wanted to cut costs and salon professionals who wanted to go on their own and work for themselves. They go into salon suites with their own following of loyal clientele, she said.
“I run mine like I’m the landlord,” Kaminski said of her salon suites. “I give them (her tenants) turnkey salons, they pay me rent and I pay their (utility) bills. It gives them the opportunity to be an independent salon owner and double, almost triple, their income.”
The Dickson City location of her second Allure Salon Group will have 17 salon suites, of which six are currently booked with a mix of hair and skin salons, she said.
“Ben’s location was perfect for me,” Kaminski said of the Dickson City site. “I don’t need visibility. I needed the parking and a bigger space. The trampoline guy next to me is even a bigger bonus,” in terms of additional traffic.
A representative of Planet 3 trampoline park declined to comment on that site Friday.
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