WILMINGTON, MA — Staples closed its doors in Wilmington on January 4, 2013.
For the past 2.5 years, the retail space — located at 269 Main Street inside the Wilmington Crossing plaza — has been without a permanent occupant.
Aside from a few months when Halloween Spirit, a seasonal store for costumes, accessories and decorations, opened up a temporary location, the site has remained empty.
That’s all about to change.
Savers, a popular thrift store chain, has agreed to open a permanent location at the old Staples site.
Michael Coffman, owner of Coffman Realty, which developed and manages the Wilmington Crossing plaza, confirmed the news. A move-in could occur as early as the end of this year or the beginning of next year.
Coffman told Wilmington Apple that his team will be getting started on some construction work associated with the move-in during the next 30-45 days and that the work would last 2-3 months. Coffman noted that Savers would then have some work to do on its end (e.g., hiring, training, publicity) before any grand opening.
The project has successfully navigated the Wilmington Planning Board process with site plan review on April 7 (agenda), a decision rendered for site plan review on May 5 (agenda), and a special sign permit granted on June 2 (agenda).
“I don’t know exactly when Savers will be be opening,” Wilmington Planning Director Valerie Gingrich told Wilmington Apple. “They haven’t applied for a building permit yet, but I anticipate that they will soon since they now have their plans approved.”
Planning Board approval was needed, in part, because the project calls for the removal of a wall between Savers and its new neighbor, Sleepy’s.
“The Sleepy’s will be reduced by approximately half, going from about 7,700 square feet to just over 3,600 square feet,” noted Gingrich.
UPDATE (6/5): “The new store is currently scheduled to open in February of 2016,” according to Caitlin Kinney of Edleman, Savers’ public relations company. “The date may be subject to change.”
According to the company’s website, Savers is “a for-profit, global thrift retailer offering great quality, gently used clothing, accessories, and household goods. Our business model for purchasing, reselling and recycling gives communities a smart way to shop and keeps more than 650 million pounds of used goods from landfills each year. We also help more than 120 nonprofit organizations by paying them for donated goods, which supports their vital community programs and services. All in all, we operate over 330 locations and have 20,000 employees in the Untied States, Canada, and Australia.”
Savers has 15 locations in Massachusetts, including Danvers, Fall River, Framingham, Hanover, Marlborough, Norwood, North Attleborough, Plymouth, Saugus, Springfield, West Springfield and West Roxbury. Savers has four New Hampshire locations as well — Manchester, Nashua, Plaistow and Portsmouth. No current location falls within a 10-mile radius of the future Wilmington site.
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