Christy Sports heads from Foothills to The Square

 

Published on December 24, 2015

The Coloradoan

Pat Ferrier

FortCollins_StoreFront“If we make a move we really like to stay within the area we chose to begin with,” said Dennis Meeker, Front Range area manager for Christy Sports.

“We have a lot of support from the community already and that shopping center has a nice draw with Sierra Trading Post on one side, Trader Joe’s on the other side and exposure” along College Avenue, he said.

Construction on the new store will begin as soon as permits are issued, said Debbie Tamlin, the Realtor who handles leasing for The Square.

The new 9,000-square-foot store nearly triples Christy Sports’ retail floor space, giving it “a larger presentation for both our seasons, ski and patio,” Meeker said. “Each category will expand.”

The addition of Christy Sports continues the renaissance at the 37-year-old Square, which is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation that began last year with the opening of Sierra Trading Post and Trader Joe’s in February.

Christy Sports and Sierra Trading Post are different stores but have the same clientele, Tamlin said. “It should bring in a lot of cross shoppers.”

Meeker said the stores share some crossover in merchandise, but benefit from being next to each other. Half of Christy Sports’ merchandise is ski and outdoor gear in the winter and patio furniture in the summer.

Once the store opens it will leave two vacant storefronts still to be leased between Trader Joe’s and Christy Sports, Tamlin said.

Brown’s Shoe Fit, a current tenant at The Square, is getting ready to begin construction on its new storefront on the north side of the shopping center. Several other leases are in the works, Tamlin said.

The Square, owned by Darrell Knudson, had languished for years as retailers fled, similar to Foothills Mall. When renovations are complete, The Square will have a promenade walkway around the building and exterior business entrances rather than in interior, enclosed mall feel.

The building’s four sides will eventually be expanded and squared off, adding about 18,000 square feet. All existing tenants, including The Sleep Store, Brown’s Shoe Fit and Hobby Town USA are expected to remain, joining about a dozen new tenants.