The $47 million redevelopment of West Manchester Mall will change the look and style of the 32-year-old shopping hub — and it will also add a few pets.
Petco is planning a store at the revamped mall, according to township records and a company spokeswoman.
At the earliest, the pet store is anticipating an October opening date, said Petco spokeswoman Megan Gonzalez.
Whether Petco will close its store a mile away at 905 Loucks Road is unclear. Gonzalez said she couldn't confirm that detail until closer to the new store's opening date.
Petco also operates York County locations in Springettsbury Township and Hanover.
Plans will be heard before West Manchester Township's zoning hearing board at 7 p.m. Tuesday, when mall developers are expected to request additional signage for the store.
Mall developers are asking for a variance to allow two large signs for Petco, which is being planned between the mall entrance and former Bon-Ton store on the Route 30 side of the mall, according to plans submitted to West Manchester Township.
A township ordinance allows for one sign, said Monica Love, township zoning officer.
It's common for township government to approve applications that aren't completely in line with ordinances, she said.
Other requests: Mall developers also are asking for variances to loading dock locations, the space between parking spaces and the number of shade trees included in its landscaping.
A township ordinance requires 22-foot wide interior driveways, but some mall driveways don't meet that requirement. Developers are asking to continue new interior roads at less than 22 feet wide so they don't have to redo all parking spaces between the mall and Route 30, Love said.
Also, a township ordinance requires one shade tree for every 300 square feet of required interior landscaping.
Per the redevelopment plans, the mall would need 144 shade trees to meet the current township ordinance. But developers are proposing 111 shade trees, according to an application with the zoning hearing board.
It is still unknown when construction may begin.
Tony Ruggeri, co-founder of mall owners Dallas-based M&R Investors, said no firm construction dates are in place.
But the new mall is expected to be open in time for this year's Christmas shopping season, he said.
Once complete, the mall will have changed from an enclosed retail center to an outdoor shopping hub, similar to Hunt Valley Towne Center in Maryland.
Other than the mall's four anchor stores — Kohl's, Macy's Regal Cinemas and Walmart — and Petco, no other stores have been confirmed or announced.
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