Reno Public Market set to begin first phase of demolition Monday

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - It was an 'Early Pioneer' in local shopping centers and on Monday, a portion of that shopping center will be demolished.

Crews will demolish 6,000 square feet of the west end of Shoppers Square. The 56-year-old center has seen better days. The Casazza family says the old mall will be turned into the 'Reno Public Market.' It will include retail spaces, along with food and beverage options.

Rick Casazza, a partner with the Reno Public Market, says it was time to improve, especially with the nearby area under construction.

"It all ties together. There is all types of stuff happening up and down midtown, up and down Wells Avenue that is bringing this area back together," said Casazza.

To bring the mall back together, it's going to cost $34 million. The project will be done in three phases and is expected to take 2 years to complete.

Demolition is expected to begin after 10 a.m.

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