EAST WENATCHEE — The game of guessing which big retailer — T.J. Maxx? Kohl’s? Victoria’s Secret? — arrives next at Wenatchee Valley Mall has ended. Marshalls is on the way.
The national off-price department store with more than 750 locations in 42 states will open its 15th store in Washington in a 23,400-square-foot space now under construction between Macy’s and Food Pavilion. Tentative opening date is early summer 2014.
“This is a big deal for local shoppers who love good prices on great items,” said Becky Sager, general manager of the mall in East Wenatchee. “We’re excited to have them here.”
The mall’s owner, Los Angeles-based Vintage Real Estate, is doubling the space once occupied by four smaller stores, including former outlets for Verizon, UPS and Sally’s Beauty Supply. Construction on the expansion will be completed in a couple of months, said Sager, then Marshalls will step in and spiff-up the interior to their corporate specifications.
Marshalls and its sister company T.J. Maxx stock clothing and home decor items that they sell at reduced prices. Their website says prices are kept low by “taking advantage of department stores overbuying, cancelling orders and designers overproducing.” Discounts can hit 60 percent on some items, says the site.
The addition of Marshalls is part of a continuing overhaul of tenant mix at the mall.
By summer 2014, Sportsman’s Warehouse will fill the 49,000-square-foot Sears space vacated in August and a new Sears Hometown Store (nearly 11,000 square feet) is expected to open in the mall by the end of November.
In addition, a number of smaller stores both inside the mall and in satellite strip developments have closed or relocated to make room for new tenants, mall execs said earlier this year.