Where some see an empty lot, Chet Antonsen sees possibility. The owner of The Stockyards and Bend-based PacWest Realty Group, Antonsen wants to turn a former auction yard for ranchers into a shopping center. His plans for the 22-acre lot off of Highway 97 include a large anchor tenant such as Fred Meyer or Wal-Mart with the possibility of smaller tenants clustered around the site. “If we had one retailer in the Wal-Mart or Fred Meyer category in a 50,000- square-foot space, we’d do strip retail around that,” he explains.
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