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Home décor retailer fills big-box vacancies
A national home décor retailer is opening two stores in the region — and filling the shoes left by two big-box retailers
At Home, owned and operated by the Plano, Texas-based home décor and craft retailer Garden Ridge, will open stores tomorrow in Jenison and Kalamazoo.
The stores are the first At Home stores in the country, said Stacey Sullivan, a spokesperson for At Home.
“At Home is brand new," Sullivan said.
The stores carry more than 50,000 home décor items and follow an “everyday low-pricing model,” Sullivan said.
“Many stores carry home décor, but none the size of our big stores,” Sullivan said. “Where another big-box retailer might carry six varieties of patio cushion, we carry 60.”
The stores will bring more than 45 jobs to the community. Applications are still being accepted at both locations for full- and part-time positions.
The Jenison store, which was previously a Target, is in an 87,000-square-foot space, at 334 Chicago Dr.
The store is close to a strong residential population, which makes perfect sense for a home décor brand, Sullivan said.
“We maintain a highly flexible site-selection model — we own, lease and build new stores to support growth — which allows us to be opportunistic when sites like these become available,” Sullivan said.
The Kalamazoo store, which was previously a Kmart, is in a 78,000-square-feet space, at 4620 Stadium Dr.
The area is enjoying significant retail growth, which made it an ideal fit for the brand, Sullivan said.