Construction on Dick's Sporting Goods store in Pittsfield Township on track to be completed in September
Lizzy Alfs | AnnArbor.com
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.
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.