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Posted on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 : 10:48 a.m.

Construction on Dick's Sporting Goods store in Pittsfield Township on track to be completed in September

By Lizzy Alfs


Construction on the new Dick's Sporting Goods in the Waters Place Shopping Center includes replacing the facade, gutting the interior and adding an exterior addition.

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Construction on the new Dick’s Sporting Goods store on Lohr Road — formerly occupied by Linens 'N Things — is making headway as the general contractor aims for a mid-September completion.

The national chain signed a lease to occupy the 35,000-square-foot space in the Waters Place Shopping Center earlier this year. The storefront, located in the same complex as Borders, Kohl’s and Best Buy, has been empty since Linens 'N Things closed in 2008.

Construction on the building started May 2, said Bill Schurer of Rycon Construction, Inc., the general contractor for the project. Beal Inc. has the demolition contract on the property.

So far, the building has been completely gutted, and both the front facade and exterior walls have been torn down.



Schurer said the front of the building will look like a typical Dick’s store, with large brick columns and the standard blue Dick’s Sporting Goods sign.

The project also includes increasing the building’s footprint by 7,000 square feet with an exterior addition, which Schurer said will begin in two weeks.

He said the store should be open for business sometime in October.

Communications officials from Dick's Sporting Goods did not respond to requests for comment.

Dick’s spent years deciding on its first Washtenaw County location, coming close to building in two different areas.

The company first considered building a 47,074-square-foot store on Briarwood Circle in 2006. Then, in 2007 the company filed site plans with Pittsfield Township to build a store at the site of a self-storage facility at 3060 Lohr Road.

Tom Goldberg, an owner of the Waters Place Shopping Center, said in a previous report that moving into this existing location in the Waters Place complex made the most fiscal sense for the sporting goods store.

“The fastest way to get to the finish line is to take existing space,” he said.

Dick’s, based in Corapolis, Penn., employs about 10,200 workers at more than 400 stores in 40 states, according to filings.

The company (NYSE: DKS), which has a market capitalization of $4.45 billion, reports $4.94 billion in annual revenue.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at


Peter Jameson

Fri, Jun 17, 2011 : 4:51 a.m.

this is huge news!

say it plain

Thu, Jun 16, 2011 : 9 p.m.

Perhaps this will mean the end of MC Sports at Briarwood...but it's now too late for the only cheap-o movie theater in town, that they replaced at Briarwood, as I recall.. They seem even more dead at Briarwood than they were in Oak Valley Plaza, I don't know how that corporation is doing in the great sporting-goods store wars, but I'm not sure how that move is working out for headquarters...

Buster W.

Thu, Jun 16, 2011 : 4:10 p.m.

Good news! I believe the anticipated completion date as of a few months ago was December. I stopped going to Dunham's in Maple Village a couple years ago after I dealt with a very rude female cashier. Just tried to return a couple items.

say it plain

Thu, Jun 16, 2011 : 8:53 p.m.

ah, yes, I know her, lol...I can say I once stood behind--maybe a couple years ago now!..a poor customer there dealing with her unpleasantness ;-) I think he was trying to get a gift card honored, and congress had just passed legislation requiring stores to stop messing with consumers' redemption of these things. It had been a fun little game for them to suddenly be worthless, and she seemed to be trying to convince him that he was lucky to still be allowed to spend the money Dunham's had already received for the card lol.

Charlie Brown's Ghost

Thu, Jun 16, 2011 : 3:33 p.m.

This could be bad news for Dunham's, at least the in Maple Village. That place has had grumpy, helpless staff staff for years. Want to buy shoes? You have to first go to the cash register and ask them to send somebody over to the show department, and then hope they show up, and then hope they stay around long enough to get you a couple pairs of shoes to try on. The Dick's store in Brighton is fantastic, with great staff, and hopefully the Ann Arbor store will be the same. Good Night and Good Grief

Charlie Brown's Ghost

Thu, Jun 16, 2011 : 5:40 p.m.

Good points. And I know exactly which staff member you're speaking of. Maple Village has always, since I can remember, which is decades, been a run-down shopping center. Some of the smaller stores are better, like Green Paws, and Plum does what it can to bring up the image, but until a respectable anchor store comes in there it will always be what it is now. I'm guessing that will never happen, because expressway access is difficult with the Maple/Jackson intersection being such a hassle.


Thu, Jun 16, 2011 : 4:17 p.m.

True - but Maple Village is pretty run-down to begin with, with the exception of the (relatively) new Plum Market. It just doesn't seem like a location that generates a lot of traffic. Besides, Dunham's is more of a lower-end sports store anyway, while Dick's is more upscale - there's a good reason one is next to K-Mart and the other will be next door to Kohl's. I think the place this could really hurt is MC Sports in Briarwood - that store seems almost invisible to begin with, and I doubt this will help its traffic.


Thu, Jun 16, 2011 : 3:30 p.m.

Looks like Stewie Beal is the contractor on this, I wouldn't get my hopes up any sort of timeline for completion. "Precisely as Intended"!