The Brookshire retail center at 126th Street and Gray Road could be nearing a sale.
City Councilor Jeff Worrell, whose district includes the site, said the center has not been sold but that he’s had discussions with “one highly-qualified interested party” about purchasing it.
“My role as a city councilor and representative in the district is to be as helpful, forthcoming with information and supportive as I can be,” Worrell said. “I’m trying to make sure there are no roadblocks I have control over in order to keep the wheels turning and forward progress being made.”
The center is home to Gymboree Play & Music, Rad’s restaurant, CVS Pharmacy and other retailers, but its largest space has been vacant since mid-2017 when Marsh — which took ownership of O’Malia Food Market in 2000 — went out of business. The O’Malia family still owns the shopping center.
City officials have previously said they expect near-term future development of the site to be done by the private sector, but some have been in discussions with multiple grocery stores to promote the former O’Malia Food Market site and bring a supermarket to the east side of Keystone Parkway.
“I’m hopeful that the city and Carmel Redevelopment Commission don’t have to be involved on that site,” Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard said. “We want to focus our resources on the older center core of the city.”
Worrell said the city hasn’t officially offered any incentives to lure a grocer or developer but that all options are being considered.
“I am entertaining every single question. I’m trying to provide reasonable answers based on history or opportunity,” he said. “There are lots of ideas being thrown around.”