Merchants at the Kingsdale Shopping Center remain open for business as renovation continues to move forward.

Merchants at the Kingsdale Shopping Center remain open for business as renovation continues to move forward.

"It's worth the experience driving through the ever-changing maze to receive excellent customer service and exceptional value," said Jon Pugh with Ship Print eSell.

The building being erected currently on the north side of the site off Tremont is a 12,000-square-foot retail building expected to be completed by the end of the year. Fifty percent of the building has been leased and Continental is working on terms with a restaurant for another approximately 4,500 square feet.

The demolition on the Zollinger Road part of the site should start mid fall and be completed by Thanksgiving time. This will pave the way for the office/medical buildings to start in the spring once commitments have been finalized.

The pile of dirt seen currently in the middle of the parking lot should be green space this fall, as well.

Continental shared that the leasing for the center continues to go very well. Kenneth's Salon, Orange Leaf Yogurt and Burger's, Dogs & Fries are due to open by mid-September or shortly thereafter. Giant Eagle is scheduled for a mid-October opening.

This completes the existing retail, minus a couple of tenants with the new buildings coming on line next year.

The chamber, in partnership with the city, is in the process of developing several strategies to support our local area retail districts and specialty services with destination marketing.

"Our chamber retail and business development committees are working diligently to build consensus with other businesses to ensure success and provide a wealth of resources and training support as we build new bridges to provide networking and idea sharing opportunities. We want to build community among retailers to grow a network of trust, respect and support; identify and promote what makes the UA service community special," said Becky Hajost, president of the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce.