The sporting goods retailer Sports Authority is coming to a west Olympia shopping center that has long awaited a new tenant.
The new destination is the former site of a Linens n Things at 1200 Cooper Point Road, according to building permit information on file with the city of Olympia.
Sports Authority district manager Matt Anderson confirmed Wednesday that the retailer is coming and will open next spring.
Anderson said the company has long looked at the Olympia area, finally finding the right combination of store and area to make it work.
It recently opened a store in Bellingham and then turned its attention to South Sound.
Olympia shoppers had often visited the Sports Authority store in Tacoma, he said.
The store will measure about 35,000 square feet and employ 45 to 55 workers, with hiring likely to begin in February, he said.
Anderson said the store is geared toward families and the recreational athlete, the kind of place where you can find Little League gear or running shoes.
The new store also will begin to fill space in Cooper Point Marketplace, a shopping center that probably is better known for its number of vacancies.
It currently is home to a Staples office supply store, but several other businesses have left over the years.
In addition to Linens n Things, other businesses that have left include Old Navy, a local post office branch and Kits Camera.
Vacancies gradually are being filled in west Olympia.
Big Lots filled the former Circuit City building on Capital Mall Drive, South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity has taken a space left vacant by the Dollar Store, and Half Price Books filled an opening near Black Lake Boulevard and Cooper Point Road.
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