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A possible sale of West Hills Shopping Center in Lebanon has at least one tenant looking for a new home this month.

Salon Inspire owner Kim Simmons said Tuesday that she is considering a property on Bay Court to be their new location in 2014.

West Hills Shopping Center has been owned since the mid 1980s by local dentist Dr. Wayne Johnson, and although Simmons said he has been “great to lease from,” the Salon Inspire group is worried that a quick sale will displace them.

“We like our spot right now. We have been here for nine years and don’t really want to move, but we don’t want to be left without a home,” she added. “Right now we are checking out a new place that came to my attention about two months ago that is set up to house a salon.”

Johnson said that as of now – nothing official has been drawn up. He confirmed that a real estate company has been eyeing the shopping center for more than a year, but have not made him an offer.

“There has been some interest and they have examined it and done studies to see if it would fit their purpose – but I don’t really know anything else right now. I still own the building,” he said, adding that the interest is causing him to lose tenants, like Salon Inspire, before a sale is officially on the table.

“I don’t know for sure that we will sell. The tenants are afraid and I can’t give them an answer because nothing has happened yet,” Johnson said.

Although he cannot say for sure, he believes the shopping center is being considered for a CVS/pharmacy.
O’Reilly Auto Parts Manager Chuck Wilson said they have been told the deal is on the table, but have no plans to relocate. “I have heard we will be staying,” he said.

A Domino’s staff member also said they have fallen victim to confusion surrounding a possible sale. The employee said that while they have seen surveyors on the lot, their franchise has heard no official word of plans for a CVS/pharmacy to come in.

 

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