With a Sears hardware store set to open soon inside Greencastle's Putnam Plaza shopping center, it appears a new restaurant may be coming too, the site's developer said Monday.
Midland Atlantic, the company that bought the shopping center earlier this year, received approval Monday night from the city plan commission to subdivide two lots along Indianapolis Road between O'Reilly Auto Parts and National City Bank.
One of the owners of Midland Atlantic, Aaron Boyle, told city officials Monday that the company is currently in negotiations with a restaurant to open in the lot next to the auto parts store. He declined to identify the restaurant but said an announcement will be made once a lease agreement is met.
Plan commission members gave their strong support of the project and voted unanimously to approve the request.
"I'm excited," board member Colleen Matthews said.
So far, the company has confirmed that the Sears store is set to open soon in the empty section once occupied by Wal-Mart and that a Peeble's department store will move into an adjacent space later this summer.
More information about Peeble's can be found on the company's website, peebles.com
Boyle told the plan commission he is optimistic that the remaining spaces in the strip center will be filled in the future. He said he thought all of the current tenants of the shopping center, which include Tractor Supply, are planning to stay as well.
"We're excited about being in Greencastle," Boyle said after the meeting. "It's a great community."