Some east side Evansville stores are switching spots with new names and upgrades coming soon. There is a carousel of store changes happening in the city’s busiest shopping district.
Building big business is a noisy process. The former H.H. Gregg building has contractors cutting metal fittings to build a new facade for Burlington Coat Factory.
The circular saw can be heard clear across the parking lot, but so can busy Burkhardt Road. It is the cornerstone for 3 shifting stores between 4 east side locations.
Dick’s Sporting Goods started the great shakeup, moving out of its home for the last 17 years in Evansville’s Pavilion shopping center to a new spot, not too far away, in the East Lloyd Commons.
The old store was about 42,0000 square feet and the new one is 64,000 square feet. Store managers say the lease was up in the old store, and after Gordmans closed, it was a good opportunity to expand.
“We actually forgot they were changing locations and headed over that way and looked and saw they’ve moved, so we had to turn around and come over here,” says one shopper at the new store.
Dick’s officially opened earlier this week, and will celebrate the new store this weekend starting with a
Ribbon cutting Friday morning. They will have giveaways and prizes for people who show up early on Saturday and Sunday. You can find more information online.
It’s unclear what, if anything, will replace Dick’s across the street. Officials with the Pavilion didn’t return a phone call from Eyewitness News.
The current Burlington store near Green River Road and the Lloyd Expressway will move to the Lloyd Crossing shopping center, but a manager with the store wasn’t sure when.
After Burlington moves, Evansville’s first At Home store will take its place. It specializes in furniture and home decor.
(This story was originally published February 8, 2018)