MASSENA Dicks Sporting Goods is advertising on its company website for a golf pro to work in the chains yet-to-be-opened Massena store.
While the help-wanted ad seems to indicate the chain 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, said Ronald J. Patnode, the malls marketing manager. We hope to have something to announce soon.
Mr. Patnode said its not unusual for businesses to advertise for jobs they dont plan to fill immediately, especially ones that they think may take a long time to fill.
Im not saying thats what Dicks is doing, but thats a common thing for businesses to do, Mr. Patnode said.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the only position Dicks was advertising for was the golf professional/apprentice.
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, the plan is for Dicks to build a 49,255-square-foot store and occupy the space previously filled by T.J. Maxx.
Mr. Patnode had said previously that the space Dicks is looking for is larger than the T.J. Maxx location. To accommodate the needs of Dicks, the mall would expand the space into the common area. Mr. Patnode said an exterior entrance for the store would be built.
A call to the chains media relations department was not returned Wednesday afternoon.