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Business

Swarm of furniture stores to hit Pasco

By CHUIN-WEI YAP
Published April 20, 2007


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Central Pasco's second major furniture store is expected to open in the first week of June, an Ashley Furniture spokesman said Tuesday.

An official opening date has not been set. There is a chance the store may open in late May, but "June-ish" looks more likely now, Chuck Spang said.

"We're working very hard to get the store ready," he said.

Ashley, based in Arcadia, Wis., would join Rooms To Go on State Road 56. A third major furniture retailer, Haverty's, is also slated to open a store in Cypress Creek retail center, the mall off Interstate 75 where Ashley is set to open.

In May of last year, Rooms To Go opened where SR 56 joins Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.

Ethan Allen is planning to open a store at Cypress Creek next year. Kids Room, a California-based furniture store, is slated to open a store at the Cypress View Square minimall, next to Seven Oaks on SR 56.

Subscribing to shoppers' preferences for "cluster shopping," furniture stores typically open near each other, retail brokers say.

Together, Ashley and Haverty's will take up about half of the 210,000 square feet of the Cypress Creek retail center, which is distinct from the giant Cypress Creek Town Center regional mall proposed next door.

Cypress Creek retail center is also proposed to house Chuck E. Cheese's. The mall's brokers are still trying to confirm a third and final anchor, said Jim Kovacs, managing director of Colliers Arnold, a commercial real estate firm.

Kovacs said Cypress Creek's developers are tentatively scheduled to turn over the Haverty's store, which is yet to be built, to the retailer in August.

It may not be until September that the rest of the mall, beyond Ashley, opens for business, he said.

Chuin-Wei Yap can be reached at 813 909-4613 or cyap@sptimes.com.

[Last modified April 19, 2007, 07:34:13]


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