MASSENA If all goes according to plan, Dicks Sporting Goods could be opening its doors at the St. Lawrence Centre mall in the near future.
Theyre talking and its looking good, St. Lawrence Centre Marketing Manager Ronald J. Patnode said. But there isnt a deal at this time.
Mr. Patnode said negotiations are done through the malls leasing group, Spinosa Realty.
While the rumor of a Dicks coming to Massena has been circulating for months, Mr. Patnode said, no deal has been finalized at this point.
Until we have a signed agreement, we cant make any official announcement, he said.
If an agreement is signed, Mr. Patnode said, its his understanding that Dicks would occupy the former T.J. Maxx space.
It would be expanded. The space theyre looking for is larger than T.J. Maxx, he said. To accommodate them, we would extend out to the malls common area.
He also said an exterior entrance would be built before the store opens.
Were as excited and anxious as anyone to want to see this come to fruition, he said.
Another rumored potential tenant for the mall is Kohls, and Mr. Patnode confirmed that mall officials are talking to that retailer as well.
Kohls is one of a few other national retailers that the mall is courting, he said, adding at this point the mall is simply talking to Kohls.
Retailers in the mall said theyve heard the rumors about Dicks and are hoping theyre true.
It would be nothing but positive news, said Fred Englert, who co-owns Sherry and Freds Newsstand. Anything to increase foot traffic is good and theyre the perfect fit for this mall.
Linda Dalton owns and operates the Mustard Tin and said she thinks a store the caliber of Dicks coming to the mall would be good news for everyone.
It would bring more people in, she said, adding she thinks traffic from both Canadian and American shoppers would increase. Right now people drive to Watertown or Plattsburgh to go to Dicks.
Ms. Dalton also said she thinks the store could provide a boost to the entire mall and lead to more stores coming as well.