|Apple Valley will welcome the region’s first Burlington Coat Factory later this year.
Taking over the 80,000 square foot building vacated by Mervyn’s in January of 2009, the store is expected to attract shoppers from the entire Victor Valley. The building is located in Jess Ranch Marketplace at the corner of Bear Valley and Apple Valley Roads, which also includes Winco Foods, Best Buy, Cinemark Theaters, 24 Hour Fitness and Bed Bath & Beyond.
“This is just the shot in the arm we needed,” said Apple Valley Mayor Peter Allan. “It fills up our largest commercial vacancy, and will provide jobs and tax revenues for many years to come.” About 100 full-time equivalent jobs are anticipated.
The center’s great location and strong mix of large and small retailers and restaurants have put this intersection on the retail map, with over 1.5 million-square-feet of shopping, dining and services.
“The addition of a Burlington Coat Factory will not only support, but will increase activity at Jess Ranch Marketplace,” said Neil Soskin, Vice President and Director of Leasing, who handled lease negotiations for the center on behalf of Weingarten Realty Investors.
According to Kenneth Henderson, Apple Valley’s Assistant Town Manager for Economic and Community Development, the addition of Burlington Coat Factory will be a boon for High Desert residents. “No longer will our citizens have to travel to Ontario to shop at Burlington. We believe this announcement is a sign of good things to come,” said Henderson. “Mal Riley & Associates is the developer for Jess Ranch Marketplace, and Weingarten Realty Investors handled the lease negotiations. Kudos to them for getting this deal done in a difficult economic climate.”
Burlington Coat Factory is a national department store chain which offers current, high quality, designer merchandise at prices up to 60% below those at other department stores. Burlington Coat Factory features coats, apparel, shoes, and accessories for the entire family with over 394 stores located across 44 states nationwide.