The company that manages what many people call the “old Safeway Shopping Center” is preparing the property for a makeover. Borg Property Services President Bret Borg said new paint and other improvements will brighten up the exterior of the buildings on Stockton Hill Road south of Interstate 40.

“I think it’s the best retail location in town. It’s got so many things going for it,” Borg said. “It’s just a tired building and it’s primed to be rehabbed and reap the benefits.”

In addition to the exterior facelift, a number of other improvements and additions are envisioned. A site plan for further development of the property includes construction of up to 3,500 sq. ft. of new retail space fronting the arterial where a steakhouse was torn down weeks ago.

Other plans call for construction of a couple of new restaurants. Borg said one would likely be a fast food eatery fronting Stockton Hill road between the fuel station and the building complex to the north.

Borg said a more ambitious goal is the construction of a 3,500 sq. ft. “sit-down” restaurant on the northwest portion of the property. That area currently hosts a parking lot at the elbow of the building, with good visibility from the interstate to the north.

Borg said there are ongoing efforts to secure new tenants for vacant spaces in the building complex that formerly hosted Hallmark, Radio Shack, Hastings and The Family Dollar. Parking lot resurfacing constitutes the tail end of the planned improvement campaign.