New businesses moving into long empty Layton big box stores

Jun 12 2013 - 9:18am

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LAYTON -- Rather than build new, two Layton businesses -- one new, the other an existing business that is expanding -- are re-occupying former big box store buildings, one of which sat empty for seven years.

The "adaptive reuse" of the old Ultimate Electronics store and the former PetSmart store along West Hill Field Road should bring a new commercial energy to the area, said Kent Andersen, Layton economic specialist.

"We are just getting so many wins with these two projects," Andersen said.

Standard Plumbing Supply Company, currently at 518 Marshall Way in Layton, is moving into the old Ultimate Electronics building at 879 W. Hill Field Road.

The electronics store has been vacant for about seven years, officials said.

The plumbing supply store opened June 3 at its new location and includes a showroom, warehouse and sales area, said Paul Bauer, Layton city building official.

Standard Plumbing Supply has also redesigned the interior walls of the building to make room for another user, Andersen said.

"The whole building is about 31,000 square feet, but they didn't need that much (space)," he said of the business.

Standard Plumbing Supply is occupying about 18,000 square feet of the building, while an additional 13,700 square feet of space has been saved for a future tenant, Bauer said.

"Standard Plumbing is assisting in the reinvigoration of Hill Field Road, west of Main Street," Layton Mayor Steve Curtis said.

In addition, Skywalker Haven, a 20,000-square-foot trampoline activity arena, opened June 8 in the former PetSmart building at 859 W. Hill Field Road.

PetSmart relocated its business about a year ago to 750 S. Main St. in Layton.

"They are calling it a 20,000-square-foot bounce haven," Andersen said of the trampoline arena, which offers a Wi-Fi lounge for those wishing not to bounce.

And for those looking to bounce off the wall, Andersen said, the Utah-based business provides that by offering a "trampoline half-pipe" that is built against the wall.

The trampoline arena also offers a food court, baskets and a dodgeball arena, he said.

"They needed a large, open building. It's a great location for a family-friendly activity," Andersen said.

Curtis agrees.

"The opening of Skywalker Haven in the old PetSmart building is very exciting. Having a family-friendly activity such as this coming to Layton will be a great amenity for the entire region," he said.

Andersen said it is outstanding news that the city has filled the two big box store buildings for adaptive reuse, particularly because companies in need of that kind of space tend to build new, and closer to Layton Hills Mall.

The way the two buildings have been remodeled on the interior and exterior, Andersen said, makes it difficult to tell that the two buildings were big box stores at one time.

Both new businesses are near the Layton Walmart and Sam's Club stores.

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