MANCHESTER – Dick’s Sporting Goods will open a store in Plaza At Burr Corners later this year, taking over the space recently vacated by Pilgrim Furniture City, one of the square’s owners said.
Dick’s didn’t return calls for comment on his plans and whether it would mean the closure of the Shoppes at Buckland Hills malls, less than a mile away.
If Dick’s left the mall, which is likely, it would mean two of the five anchor shops would be empty. Sears closed its store in the mall earlier this year.
Mall management did not respond to requests for comments either.
Edward Silvera, Principal of Surrey Equities and partner in The Plaza at Burr Corners, confirmed that Dick’s signed a lease last month.
Silvera said Dick’s has rented approximately 55,000 square feet on the square and has taken over the vacant space left by the former Pilgrim Furniture City and Planet Fitness.
Much construction will be required before Dick’s can open and operate from this location, according to Silvera, but it could open before the end of the year.
“Then we hope it opens,” said Silvera.
He said he expected Dick’s to increase traffic in the square and believes that overall this is a good fit for the location.
“We’re very excited,” said Silvera.
Tenants at the Strip Shopping Center at the intersection of Buckland Road and Tolland Turnpike include At Home, the Kobe Asian Bistro, and Dover Saddlery.
While many retailers have struggled over the past few years, Dick’s reported in March that fourth quarter sales were up 19.8% year over year to $ 3.13 billion.
The company saw online sales grow 57%, representing 32% of total sales, compared to 25% last year.
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