Farewell, Kmart: King Soopers ready to raze Fort Collins site, make way for new store

Pat Ferrier Fort Collins Coloradoan
Published: 10:48 a.m. MT Jan. 12, 2021 Updated: 10:07 a.m. MT Jan. 13, 2021

A MAX Transit bus heads North past the pothole-laden parking lot used primarily by people riding the bus on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at the old Kmart parking lot at East Drake Road and South College Avenue in Fort Collins, Colo.

Within the next few months, Fort Collins could finally see the wrecking ball come down on the blighted Kmart plaza at 2535 S. College Ave., in the heart of Midtown.  

After years of talks, studies and different iterations, Dillon Cos. — the parent of King Soopers owner Kroger — will ask the city’s planning and zoning board on Jan. 21 to approve its plan to raze the old Kmart, Loaf ‘N Jug and former Radio Shack buildings to make way for what they’re calling Midtown Gardens Marketplace.

The project includes replacing the small and aged King Soopers at 2325 S. College Ave. with a 123,000-square-foot store similar to the North College Marketplace that opened in 2011, along with a new fuel station with seven gas pumps on the northeast end of the site.

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