Bed Bath & Beyond to join Gordmans in former Target building


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BY MATTHEW OLSON
molson@kenoshanews.com
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Bed Bath and Beyond is the second tenant for the former Target store at Southport Plaza.

Menomonee Falls-based Continental Properties Company Inc. purchased the site at 7450 Green Bay Road last month and announced plans to split the 90,000 square feet into a pair of retail spaces. Gordmans, a Nebraska-based department store, was identified as the first tenant for the site.

Bob Adashek, property manager for Southport Plaza, said today that Continental Properties has indicated that the remainder of the former Target would be filled by a Bed Bath & Beyond.

“Continental Properties has purchased that space and is in the process of remodeling it,” Adashek said. “The understanding is that Gordmans and Bed, Beth & Beyond will be there to anchor that space.”

Adashek said both stores would be expected to open in the summer or fall of 2013. Brian Wilke, development coordinator for the city of Kenosha, said the only permits that have been filed with the city for this property are a request to change the building’s facade and an electrical permit for the Gordmans site.

Bed Bath & Beyond operates about 1,000 locations in the United States and Canada, though this would be the company’s first Kenosha location. The store sells a wide variety of home goods, home appliances and linens. Gordmans operates 83 stores in 18 states and stores include features such as a children’s theater, sports-themed seating areas and discounted name brand clothing lines and accessories.

The nearest Bed Bath and Beyond is in Racine, also on Green Bay Road. Gordmans has several locations in Illinois and Wisconsin, but the Kenosha store would be the first in southeastern Wisconsin.

Adashek said filling the former Target, vacant since that store closed and relocated to Pleasant Prairie in 2008, would be a significant development for Southport Plaza.

“The purchase of the Target store really does spell for some positive things looking forward into 2013,” Adashek said. “We do have quite a bit of interest in other vacant spaces in the shopping center.”

Much of that interest involves the next largest vacant space at Southport Plaza: the former Jewel grocery store at 7014 Green Bay Road.

“There’s nothing confirmed for that space, but we have had a lot of interest in it,” Adashek said.

Jewel closed at Southport Plaza in 2006. A Sentry store moved into the space in 2007, only to close seven months later.

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