At Home store plans to open in Geneva

  • An At Home house-decorations store is planning to move in to the former Gander Mountain space in the Fabyan Crossing shopping center on Randall Road.

      An At Home house-decorations store is planning to move in to the former Gander Mountain space in the Fabyan Crossing shopping center on Randall Road. Rick West | Staff Photographer

 
 
Posted12/12/2017 1:00 AM

An At Home superstore is planning to move in to the former Gander Mountain space in Geneva.

The city's plan commission will have a hearing Thursday about changes to the landscaping and the appearance of front of the building, which is at 2100 S. Randall Road in the Fabyan Crossing shopping center.

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The building has been vacant since August; Gander Mountain declared bankruptcy in the spring.

According to At Home LLC's 2017 annual report, it had 123 stores as of January 2017, with plans to open 25 stores a year. It was founded in 1979 as Garden Ridge in Texas, and was acquired by an investment group in 2011.

The report says its stores that have been open at least a year average $6 million in net sales.

The home decor stores typically employ about 25 people, plus a store director and store manager.

They sell furniture, window treatments, rugs, kitchenware, bath items, bedding, lighting and more.

It has Illinois stores in O'Fallon, Aurora and Schaumburg.

The space in the 24-year-old shopping center has previously housed a Venture, then a Kmart, before Gander Mountain moved in 2003.

The commission meets at 7 p.m. at the city hall, 109 James St.

Remodeling continues on the site's next-door neighbor in the center, the former Dominick's grocery store space. It is being turned into a Burlington department store and a Fresh Thyme grocery store. Geneva agreed to rebate as much as $5 million in sales taxes to get those retailers.

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