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No quick change

by Andrew Kirk, OF THE RECORD STAFF

The space left by Linens n’ Things on State Route 224 between T.J. Maxx and World Market will remain open for at least a month and possibly until next spring.

Linens n’ Things holds the lease until the end of August. The landlord, Ross Varner of Obk Kimball Junction, said he can’t do anything about filling the space until that lease is up.

Once the space is available, he will then contact businesses he thinks might be interested in it. The earliest a new tenant could be ready to open would be about October.

That’s if they want to open their doors right away.

Because retail stores often offer seasonal lines, they may wait until the new lines arrive to open. Since October will be in the middle of autumn/winter lines, it’s conceivable that a new tenant would wait until spring to open, Varner said.

The neighbors aren’t complaining.

Sean Liston, general manager for World Market to the south, said business has been up since they left last week. Linens n’ Things were competitors on some of the items they offered.

"Now that they’ve closed, I’ve gotten more traffic," Liston said.

Elia Armendariz, opening manager for T.J. Maxx, doesn’t anticipate any change in business since the neighbor wasn’t getting much foot traffic anyway.

Both stores are nervous about who might move in.

Armendariz said it’s quite common for a Ross store, one of her main competitors, to move in close to a T.J. Maxx.

Liston dreads a store like Bed, Bath & Beyond which sells interior accessories like rugs.

He hopes a sporting goods store or other business that attracts men will move in since he often gets wives coming in while their husbands run errands.


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