Mixed-use redevelopment proposed at former Weekends Only store in St. Louis County
September 15, 2023
By Gloria Lloyd – Reporter, St. Louis Business Journal | Sep 15, 2023

One of Weekends Only’s former St. Louis retail properties has sold for nearly $10 million and will be converted into a mixed-use redevelopment with multiple tenants.

The 9.47-acre site and building that housed the former South County location of Weekends Only, the St. Louis-based furniture retailer that closed all its stores earlier this year, sold for $9.9 million June 23 to an entity affiliated with Apple Investors Group, based in Chino Hills, California, according to St. Louis County records. The prior owner and seller was Brentwood-based Pace Properties.

A proposed mixed-use redevelopment of the site, which is in unincorporated St. Louis County, was on the agenda for the St. Louis County Planning Commission’s meeting Monday, but was listed on the county’s website Thursday as postponed. A representative of the St. Louis County Department of Planning said that the hearing was postponed at the request of the petitioner, who needed more time, and the hearing is expected to happen next month instead.

Under the plans shown on the county website, the 92,000-square-foot Weekends Only building would be subdivided into multiple tenant spaces. Development costs were not disclosed.

Dogwood Social House, a restaurant and bar with activities such as axe throwing and arcade games, would occupy about 28,000 square feet. Another 39,300 square feet would be taken by a self-storage facility.

A smaller restaurant and a bank are proposed to be constructed on outlots of the property in the large existing parking lot lining Lindbergh Boulevard.

If approved, the mixed-use redevelopment of the Weekends Only location in South County would be the first example of the shuttered retailer’s prime real estate being reused since the store closures.

The proposed new restaurant would be the fifth location of Dogwood Social House, which has existing locations in Ellisville, Cape Girardeau and both O’Fallon, Missouri, and O’Fallon, Illinois. The South County location would have 300 seats and operate as a restaurant/bar/nightclub, with a covered patio, according to a site plan submitted to the county.

The proposed self-storage facility would occupy multiple levels, with an elevator for access between floors, according to the site plan. It would occupy some frontage of the main building, but would wrap to the back behind 22,575 square feet of unspecified retail.

The new owner is represented for leasing by Sansone Group brokers Grant Mechlin, Mark Kornfeld and Jackie Hall.

Sansone Group declined to comment on the project. The firm posted on LinkedIn about the developer’s “visionary plans” for the site: “We look forward to witnessing the transformation and success that Apple Investors Group will undoubtedly bring to this space.”

Representatives of Apple Investors Group did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Apple Investors Group and Dogwood Social are both owned by Andy Patel and Anissa Patel, franchise restaurant owners from Cape Girardeau who started the Dogwood Social House concept there in 2019 and first expanded to St. Louis in 2020, according to the Southeast Missourian.

The Patels’ Apple Investors Group, which owns 27 Applebee’s locations and three IHOP restaurants, ranked 180th this year on the Franchise Times’ list of the 200 top franchisers, listed by revenue. The company’s franchise division posted $70 million to $80 million in revenue last year, according to Franchise Times.

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