Marquette Mall to be torn down — mostly

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Mall, once home to over 50 establishments, including a cinema, a restaurant, an arcade and multiple speciality shops, is slated for partial demolition this fall.

While much of the mall will be demolished, the western portion of the building will remain intact, said Dennis Severinsen, vice president of real estate at Great Lakes Commercial Real Estate. Dagenais Enterprises, which owns the Marquette Mall, is the parent company of Great Lakes Commercial Real Estate.

“It’s going to be everything except for the west building,” Severinsen said, noting that the Dollar Tree, the UP North Car Wash and the Pizza Hut will remain intact.

The process is currently underway, Severinsen said, as “the actual demolition will start in September” and is likely to be completed in October.

The mall, located along U.S. 41 near the western edge of the Marquette city limits, was initially developed in the 1970s, but tenancy has fallen over the past decades. After the recent departure of the Michigan Secretary of State, as well as the Riverside Auto Mall, the Dollar Tree is the only remaining business in the main mall building.

The reason for the partial demolition, Severinsen said, is “just the fact that the mall is antiquated and that property needs to be redeveloped.”

The company does not have specific plans for sale or redevelopment at this time, he said.

Cecilia Brown can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248. Her email address is cbrown@miningjournal.net.