Dick's Sporting Goods Signs Lease
Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc., which offers a full line of sporting goods equipment, apparel and footwear, is coming to the former Goody’s department store space at Center Park Shopping Center in Aberdeen.
“They have signed a lease,” said Britt Byrne, a senior property manager for Faison Enterprises Inc. in Charlotte, which owns the shopping center.
Byrne deferred further details to Dick’s. The company’s public relations firm did not return telephone calls from The Pilot on Tuesday.
Patrick Coughlin, president and CEO of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce, said the decision by Dick’s Sporting Goods to locate in Moore County “speaks volumes.”
“It shows how well things are starting to come back here and the strength of Moore County as a regional shopping destination,” Coughlin said. “Their investment here indicates the potential they see for growth and profitability. It tells me that they think they can make money in Moore County, which is a good thing.”
Coughlin added that while he “hated to see” the demise of Goody’s, he is “excited” that Dick’s is coming soon.
“Personally, I think it’s incredibly significant that that retail space is going to be taken by another major brand,” he said. “It’s not going to sit empty.”
The move comes less than a year after Stage Stores Inc. switched flags from Peebles to Goody’s, believing that the Goody’s name still had substantial brand equity in Moore County. Goody’s, which previously operated at Pinecrest Plaza Shopping Center in Southern Pines, opened at Center Park last April and closed earlier this year.
Dick’s will lease 34,649 square feet of space in Center Park, which is anchored by Harris Teeter.
Aberdeen Town Planner Kathy Liles said that she had not spoken with representatives from the sporting goods chain recently, but there had been prior discussions when Peebles and Goody’s occupied the building.
“About a year ago, they were having conversations with us, but we were never able to bring them to closure,” Liles said.
Liles said Dick’s could move into the building and open right away if the use complies with the town’s ordinances, it passes a building code and fire inspection, and a privilege license is obtained and filed with the town.
“Once we have all those pieces, we are good to go,” Liles said.
Any structural changes to the interior or exterior of the building would require a building permit.
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