Marshalls opening late fall in Great Barrington

Plaza looking for new tenants

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GREAT BARRINGTON — With about half the former Kmart store here gutted and under construction, retailer Marshalls appears closer to opening its doors to area residents who in January lost the chain store and its mix of low-priced goods.

But on either side of the new Marshalls location in Barrington Plaza on Stockbridge Road, several spaces are still awaiting new tenants, now that Olympia Sports has left and Radio Shack is on its way out.

And 28,000 square feet of the former Kmart is also open for as many as two new tenants.

Marshalls is set to open late fall 2017, according to David Bujnicki, senior vice president of Kimco Realty Corp., which owns the plaza. And he said the company is working to get those empty spaces filled.

"We continue to actively market the other available spaces to a mixture of local, regional and national junior anchor tenants," Bujnicki said in an email. "We will disclose the names of future tenants once we have a fully executed lease and the prospective tenants give us permission to do so."

Marshalls sells brand-name clothing and household goods at a discount, and will open shop in roughly 24,000 square feet of the former Kmart, which closed due to parent company Sears' financial troubles and changes to customer shopping habits.

Kimco has an agreement with the town to renovate part of the remaining sections by January 2018 to avoid neglected storefronts next to a shiny new Marshalls.

Price Chopper is Kimco's other anchor store at the plaza, which is one of the New York-based company's 524 shopping centers.

According to the town, the plaza is the second highest taxpayer in Great Barrington, next to the Fairgrounds Plaza on South Main Street, with its Big Y anchor.

Kimco will renovate the interior and fa ade according to Marshalls' standards, according to Associate Development Director Christopher Ciminiello. The retailer, owned by TJX Cos., also has an outlet in Lenox.

Bujnicki said Kimco has hired a local construction company, but declined to provide the name.

Ciminiello told the Great Barrington Planning Board last fall that Kimco hopes to use Marshalls' popularity to draw other tenants, and said he was confident the company would succeed in this.

"We were only able to find one tenant," Ciminiello told the board. "Marshalls is a great tenant to have it serves all our shopping centers very well. It generates traffic."

T.J. Maxx owner TJX -- part of the large Marmaxx Group -- acquired Marshalls in 1995, according to the company. The Marmaxx Group is the "largest off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S.," according to its website.

The Great Barrington store will add to the 1,007 Marshalls stores in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.

Reach staff writer Heather Bellow at 413-329-6871.


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