Over the past two years, the Casto company has worked to update the 20-year-old Sunbury Plaza by upgrading landscaping, adding new signs and renovating the buildings.

Over the past two years, the Casto company has worked to update the 20-year-old Sunbury Plaza by upgrading landscaping, adding new signs and renovating the buildings.

Now that the work is close to completion and work on state Route 161 has finished near the plaza, Casto will celebrate a grand reopening of the site between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. this Saturday.

"We had remodeled the center, and upon completion was essentially when all the road construction started taking place up on Sunbury Road and 161," said Sarah Benson, a Casto representative. "This construction almost completely blocked consumers from ingress and egress of the center."

The purpose of the grand reopening, Benson said, is to remind the community that the center remains vibrant and to thank residents for their patience during construction.

While most of the renovations on the site wrapped up in 2006, Beth Vander Pol, the site's property manager, said Casto still is finishing remodeling a portion of the site.

That portion, which Benson said should be completed in June, will become home to two new tenants: Outdoor Source and Summit Home Mortgage.

Outdoor Source, an outdoor sport supply store, also has a location in Upper Arlington. It will occupy two slots in the plaza totaling more than 5,000 square feet that will be combined into one, Vander Pol said.

Summit Home Mortgage will take over a 1,600-square-foot site.

Vander Pol said the plaza was an important site for Casto to redevelop.

"It's got access," she said. "It's close to residential areas."

The completed portion of Route 161 will enhance access to the site, Vander Pol said, but Casto, along with the plaza's 24 tenants, will be celebrating the end of the construction with the grand reopening.

"I think everyone's just glad the construction's finished," she said.

During the grand reopening, the tenants at Sunbury Plaza, which include McDonald's, Kroger and Arby's, will participate in sidewalk sales and giveaways. There also will be games for children, face painting, character and balloon artists, and music provided by a local radio station.

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