By Michael Campbell, News Editor
PRINCE GEORGE – After sitting vacant for months on end, a new tenant is slated to move into the largest space in The Crossings Shopping Center come this summer.
Tuesday, Deputy County Administrator Jeff Stoke announced that retailer Big Lots will be moving into the former home of Farmer’s Foods and Winn-Dixie, making a private investment to renovate the 51,000-square foot space.
“We are very pleased to have a business come back to the former Farmer Foods store,” William Robertson, chairman of the Prince George Board of Supervisors said in a press release Tuesday. “We welcome them to the County and wish them much success in our region. Big Lots will be a great complement to our existing business base.”
According to Stoke, the shopping center’s owner, RCC Crossings, LLC, and Hackney Real Estate are also investing in several property upgrades to complete the lease transaction.
That work is already underway in the shopping center, as crews have already fenced off the area and begun working on the structure this week.
The Columbus, Ohio-based retailer operates over 1,400 stores across 47 states, including locations in Colonial Heights along their Boulevard business corridor and in Chester just off Jefferson Davis Highway.
“Prince George County is pleased with Big Lots’ decision to grow in our community”, Prince George County Administrator Percy Ashcraft said following the announcement. “We are fortunate that a publically recognized business such as Big Lots is able to showcase their new location in our pro-business environment. Big Lots will be an asset to our citizens and employment base.”
For Stoke and Prince George as a whole, efforts to fill the vacant space in The Crossings have been going on for some time.
While discussing continued economic development plans for the county’s Exit 45 corridor, which is in the midst of its own business boon, Stoke explained how the county worked to eventually reach the point where a tenant is moving into the empty retail space.
“We have attended numerous International Council of Shopping Center shows and directly approached vice presidents of real estate development for numerous companies to have them take a look at Prince George County,” Stoke said. “We are out there marketing this community using investments like the one at Exit 45 to show that the county government is behind the business community, we are going to support them and we are going to make the area look better so they can survive and thrive in their current business.”
In terms of hiring, Stoke reported that the new store expects to begin the hiring process for prospective employees this summer, with those interested in applying being asked to visit the Big Lots’ website at http://biglots.com/corporate/careers.
The store is tentatively scheduled to open sometime during the summer of this year.
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