April 01, 2008
Demolition crews began tearing down the former Ralph’s supermarket building at Coddingtown Mall this week to make way for a Whole Foods Market scheduled to open next spring.
A crane with powerful jaws began ripping through the concrete wall facing Range Avenue on Monday, opening a gaping hole that crews will expand until the building is reduced to rubble.
Replacing it will be a 49,000-square-foot modern market with a bold, swooping roofline and a facade of brick and wood.
The project is the first phase of the long-promised multi-million dollar renovation of the aging center, built by Hugh Codding in 1962.
Simon Property Group, which purchased a 50 percent stake in the mall in 2005, hopes to increase traffic to the mall by attracting new national tenants while maintaining a mix of locally owned businesses, according to marketing manager Devon Foster.
Many tenants are excited that upgrades have finally begun after more than two years of discussions.
“They’re happy to see the renovations and happy to see new retailers coming in,” she said.