Retail move

Big 5 Sporting Goods moving store to Triangle Center in Longview

2013-09-06T19:01:00Z 2014-01-17T22:13:49Z Big 5 Sporting Goods moving store to Triangle Center in LongviewBy Erik Olson / The Daily News Longview Daily News
September 06, 2013 7:01 pm  • 

Big 5 Sporting Goods will leave its 16-year home at the Three Rivers Mall in Kelso in January and will open a new store at the Triangle Center in Longview early next month, store officials said Thursday.

The California-based retailer has been looking to move out of the indoor mall for months, mirroring a trend among retailers nationwide. The new Longview site, located between Chase Bank and Office Depot, is bigger and allows the sporting goods store to expand its hours, Big 5 officials said.

“I think it will be more convenient for the customer,” store manager John Mouneir said.

Indoor malls nationwide were hit hard by the recession, and they’ve been slow to recover as retailers are seeking are increasingly seeking open-air spaces and fighting competition from online sellers.

Vacancy rates at indoor malls have ticked down over the last year to around 8 percent. Nevertheless, a decade ago vacancy rates were only about 5 percent, according to Reis Inc., which tracks retail trends.

Mall manager Linda DiLembo declined to reveal the vacancy rate of Three Rivers. The mall is down to one food seller and has not found a permanent anchor tenant to replace the Emporium, which left in 2004. Three Rivers officials have met with representatives with national retailers, restaurants and other businesses to replace Big 5, DiLembo said, declining to name specifics.

However, DiLembo said she’s optimistic about the mall’s future. Regal Cinemas expects to start construction soon of a new 12-screen movie theater in the former Sears space, which will boost foot traffic and attract more businesses to the mall, she said.

Three Rivers officials are also adding new services, such as free wireless Internet, DiLembo said.

For the Triangle Center, the addition of Big 5 is a big win, making the outdoor mall nearly full. Key sites still available are the former Just Music and More site at the east end of the outdoor mall and a former mattress store across the parking lot.

Over the last three decades, the retail core of the Longview-Kelso area has flowed back and forth like water sloshing across a bathtub. When the Three Rivers Mall opened in 1985, big retailers such as Sears fled downtown Longview for the promise of an expanded customer base in Kelso along Interstate 5. In recent years, stores with a long history at Three Rivers, such as Diamond Showcase and now Big 5, have come back to open-air sites in Longview.

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  1. No Nickname
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    No Nickname - September 06, 2013 11:01 pm
    The former mattress store is NOT vacant. Do some research once in awhile.
  2. Cheney119er
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    Cheney119er - September 07, 2013 7:54 am
    I buy shoes and a few other things at Big 5. I won't miss the walk through the Macy's Brassiere department. I won't miss the drive to Kelso. I suspect the foot traffic is so sparse at 3 rivers that Big 5 and everybody else wants out. Doesn't the "one food vendor" say it all. Isn't it just a matter of time until Macy's and Penny's have had enough and all the big promises of "other retailers" fall empty againl

    Other than Target I have no interest at all over there.
  3. cowlitz88
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    cowlitz88 - September 07, 2013 10:20 am
    If the Three Rivers Mall was managed properly in the first place, businesses would not be leaving left and right. It's a good visible location. It is going to take a LOT more than moving a theatre into the old Sears to revitalize the mall. We need STORES that people will shop at. I would spend money here if I could but the limited selection and terrible service I receive at most local retailers, both chains as well as locally owned, has sent me to Portland to do most of my shopping.
  4. Diane Dick
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    Diane Dick - September 08, 2013 11:51 am
    Remodel the Mall so Penney's and Macy's are stand alones with more space so they can offer more diverse merchandise. Recreate the rest of the space into a covered outdoor mall. Use the I-5 location to bring in some higher end retailers, Chico's, Coldwater Creek, a kitchen store, Panera Bread, Olive Garden, and maybe a Kohl's, Marshall's. With this primo location just off the highway it should be marketed as a shopping destination. The Chamber should publish an online guide to all local stores.
  5. cheers7
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    cheers7 - September 08, 2013 2:32 pm
    Have to wonder how something right off the freeway cannot figure out how to attract business..get with it mall managers! The mall needs to come down and be done like triangle!
  6. LongviewParent
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    LongviewParent - September 09, 2013 12:02 am
    Three rivers mall is a sucking chest wound. Simple Band-aid will not fix it. Crush it start over. Costco would fit nice!!
  7. MuddyGrimes
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    MuddyGrimes - September 10, 2013 1:57 pm
    I am sure that one could just walk the mall and get an idea of the current vacancy rate. I am sure it is not pretty, one could probably drive downtown Longview or Kelso and do the same.

    I do have to point out that you said Big 5 moving out is following a national trend of retailers leaving indoor malls, yet farther down in the article you mention that nationally vacancy rates have moved down to 8%, (understandably not back to pre recession levels of 5%) but nationally they are moving
  8. MuddyGrimes
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    MuddyGrimes - September 10, 2013 2:03 pm
    down. Which indicates that indeed retailers are moving back to indoor malls.

    The foot traffic that a movie theater will bring will drive bodies through the doors. I am guessing there will be retailers wanting to he near them.

  9. Two Cents Worth
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    Two Cents Worth - September 21, 2013 5:00 pm
    a shoplifter's license plate number down. Security is only allowed to kick out shoplifters that are caught (usually by Sears) for one day.....ooowww that makes a statement to the little yahoo's. Not to mention the patrons that would be accosted in the parking lot for gas money from panhandlers. Target security is top notch but is only responsible for their parking lot and store. It's my opinion that the Three Rivers Mall management are maybe purposely trying to make the mall so undesirable?
  10. Two Cents Worth
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    Two Cents Worth - September 21, 2013 5:14 pm
    Three Rivers Mall management are either incompetent or have another agenda? I can't believe they would be in their positions by being stupid or incompetent, so I have to believe they are up to something else. Why else would management keep raising prices for rent to the point that it was cheaper for "Fibre Credit Union" to purchase a $500k corner lot and build a brand new building rather than stay in the mall?
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