MASSENA - Dicks Sporting Goods has an advertisement on its company website looking for a golf pro to work in the chains yet to be opened Massena store.
But while the help wanted advertisement seems to be a harbinger that the retail store is planning to open a Massena store, St. Lawrence Centre officials say a contract between the mall and Dicks has yet to be finalized.
Its close, but theyre still going through negotiations and finalizing details, St. Lawrence Centre Marketing Manager Ronald J. Patnode said. We hope to have something to announce soon.
Mr. Patnode said its not unusual for business to advertise for positions that they dont plan on filling immediately, especially positions that they think may take a long time to fill.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the only position Dicks was advertising for its Massena store was a golf professional/apprentice.
Im not saying thats what Dicks is doing, but thats a common thing for businesses to do, Mr. Patnode said.
With the opening of Shoe Dept. Encore last week and an announcement from Dicks likely on the horizon, 2013 could be a very good year for the mall.
Hopefully when this Dicks deal is done there will be others that follow suit, Mr. Patnode said. Thats our hope and expectation.
According to designs for the store hanging in the mall office, the plan is for Dicks to build a 49,255 square foot store and occupy the space previously filled by TJ Maxx.
Mr. Patnode previosuly said the space Dicks is looking for is larger than the former TJ Maxx location. To accomodate their needs, the mall would expand the space into the common area. Mr. Patnode also said an exterior entrance for the store would be built.
A call to the chains media relations department was not returned Wednesday afternoon.
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