MANCHESTER — Dick’s Sporting Goods will open a store in the Plaza At Burr Corners later this year, taking over the space recently vacated by Pilgrim Furniture City, one of the plaza’s owners said.
Dick’s did not return calls seeking comment on its plans and whether that will mean closure of the store in the Shoppes at Buckland Hills mall, which is less than a mile away.
If Dick’s leaves the mall, which seems likely, that would mean two of the five anchor stores would be vacant. Sears closed its store in the mall early this year.
Mall management also did not respond to requests for comment.
Edward Silvera, a principal of Surrey Equities and part owner of The Plaza at Burr Corners, confirmed that Dick’s signed a lease agreement last month.
Silvera said that Dick’s leased approximately 55,000 square feet of space in the plaza, taking over the vacant space left by the former Pilgrim Furniture City and Planet Fitness.
According to Silvera, a lot of construction is needed before Dick’s will be open and operating from that location, but that it could open before the end of the year.
“That’s when we hope it will open,” Silvera said.
He said he anticipates Dick’s will bring an increase in traffic to the plaza, and believes it is an overall good fit for the location.
“We’re very excited,” Silvera said.
Tenants in the strip shopping center at the intersection of Buckland Road and Tolland Turnpike include At Home, Kobe Asian Bistro, and Dover Saddlery.
While many retailers have struggled in recent years, Dick’s in March reported fourth-quarter revenues grew 19.8% over the previous year to $3.13 billion.
The company reported a 57% increase in online sales, which represented 32% of overall sales, compared with 25% a year earlier.
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