OCEAN TOWNSHIP - At Home, the home decor chain, will open a store at Seaview Square shopping center.
At Home has signed a lease to move into the first floor, about 100,000 square feet, of the now-empty Sears building, Mayor Chris Siciliano said Monday.
The national retailer, which bills itself as a home decor superstore, opened a 94,500-square-foot store at the Laurel Square shopping center in Brick in late 2018. It has other New Jersey stores in Turnersville, Cherry Hill and Wayne.
An At Home representative could not be reached for comment.
Sears closed its store at the shopping center, located at the intersection of Route 35 and Route 66, in 2018. It sold the building to the owner of Seaview Square last fall, according to land records.
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At Home will help attract other businesses, Siciliano said.
"They are taking the first floor," Siciliano said. "Upstairs, they (Seaview Square) are open to either the whole piece being leased or maybe a part of it."
He was happy see a new tenant in the large vacant store. "That's a good store to have in there," Siciliano said. "You look at a big store, like a Sears, going empty, you go, 'Oh boy, keep your fingers crossed.'''
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At Home continues the leasing momentum at Seaview Square.
A combined Marshalls and HomeGoods store is under construction next to Homesense and Sierra Trading Post, which are all owned by The TJX Cos. Once completed, Seaview Square will be one of the few shopping centers in the country to have four TJX brands.
Marshalls and HomeGoods will move to Seaview Square from their current location across Route 66 in Neptune.
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Last year, discount chain Five Below opened a store next to A.C. Moore.
A.C. Moore is expected to close its store. The store's contents are now on sale, according to signs inside the store and on the windows.
The South Jersey retailer in November said it would shed its chain of more than 145 stores, with CEO Anthony Piperno citing "the headwinds facing many retailers in today's environment."
The firm said Michaels, a Texas-based chain with more than 1,260 stores in 49 states and Canada, would assume the leases of about 40 stores and a distribution center. A.C. Moore will close the remaining stores in its chain, which stretches from Maine to Florida.
Last week, a Michaels spokeswoman said the company has not yet decided which A.C. Moore locations will be rebranded.
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