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by Jill Fier

The transformation of the University Mall shopping center will continue this spring and summer, as one new building gets its finishing touches and another takes shape. A rough economy apparently is not slowing progress the changes along 22nd Avenue South are expected to relocate one business to the shopping center, and at least three new-to-Brookings stores will open shortly thereafter, said mall owner Craig Kreyger. Brookings residents can already see that a new building on the southeast corner of the University Mall property is about to open. On the east side is a new 3,000-square-foot space reserved for Zesto Drive-In . The store will be open year round, have a drive-thru window and enough inside seating to accommodate 60 customers.

The other side, about 1,700 square feet, is not officially spoken for, but Kreyger said he’s actively negotiating to fill the space. He said he envisions another eatery as a great neighbor, something that will complement but not compete with the next-door ice cream, hamburger and hot dog shop. 3 stores committed

Just to the west of that structure is the footprint for another multi-tenant building . The first space is reserved for The Rage, a used DVD, CD and video game and system store owned by Taylor Companies of Brookings.

The Rage will be located in a 2,400-square-foot space and will employ two fulltime and two part-time workers.

The second space will become Glik’s , a regional clothing and shoe store that caters to young adults. Brands offered by the retailer include Silver Jeans, Billabong, Hurley, Roxy, Fox, Quiksilver, DC, Volcom and more.

The company has 52 stores in eight states throughout the Midwest. One location just opened in Aberdeen, and another will open soon in Mitchell. The store nearest to Brookings is in Marshall, Minn.

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