LAYTON -- The dominos have started to fall in the proposed 27-acre Fort Lane Village commercial retail development.
Canyon Office Products, a 43-year fixture in the Fort Lane Shopping Center at Fort Lane and Gentile Street, will soon move because of the pending demolition and redevelopment of the center.
The Layton business, owned by the Hales family, will open Jan. 2 at its new location, 377 N. Marshall Way No. 3, said Robert Hales, business manager and co-owner.
The new location allows for an expanded showroom and larger warehouse.
Clair and Twila Hales originally opened Canyon Office Products on Layton's Main Street in 1960 as a printing and supply business. In 1967, the business moved to the Fort Lane Shopping Center.
The company has evolved into a commercial office products distributor, Hales said.
It specializes in mid-price furniture for offices employing five to 50 workers in the area from Salt Lake City to North Ogden.
Canyon Office Products employs five full-time workers in addition to hiring temporary employees to help as needed, Hales said.
As of November, the center housed about 12 tenants, most of which were smaller tenants in the outlying buildings, Hales said.
Property owner and local businessman Kevin Garn announced in August a big-name anchor tenant has committed to the Fort Lane Village LLC redevelopment project.
There is speculation that anchor tenant may be WinCo Foods, a large-scale supermarket chain based in Boise. WinCo is expanding into Utah, including a store under construction in Ogden.
Fort Lane Village, part of the old downtown Layton revitalization, will brush up against the $97 million south Layton interchange under construction.
Hales said redeveloping the shopping center will be good for the city, which along with the landlord has been helpful in relocating his business.
"We were ecstatic to be able to keep him here and get the business in a new location," said Layton economic specialist Ben Hart.
The city also continues to work with the Fort Lane Village development group, he said. "We want to assist in any way that is appropriate and in the best interest of the city."
He said the city has not received applications for construction work on the site.