This story from WSJ.com (full text) shifted our thoughts about tenants in empty buildings:
The former Circuit City building in Tupelo is now home to Furniture Center. (photo by Djournal’s Carlie Kollath Wells)
Vacant Circuit City Stores Inc. locations, Home Depot Inc. parking lots and excess space in Sears Holdings Corp. stores are finding new life as restaurants in a sign of how the sluggish economy is reshaping the commercial landscape.
Darden Restaurants Inc. has been opening Olive Gardens in closed supermarkets, Circuit City stores and motels, and placing its LongHorn Steakhouses in erstwhile Blockbuster Inc. outlets and Borders Group Inc. bookstores.
Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. has been taking over space in Sears stores and on the parking lots of big-box retailers with excess land.
It’s a strange thought for us – Olive Garden in a former Circuit City building. What do you think?
Update from Biz Buzz reader Joseph Newell: As of Sunday, a temporary Halloween store is now in Furniture Center. That’s right – we have two popup stores in Tupelo now (previous coverage).