VICTOR, N.Y. (WROC) — New plans are in the works for the old Sears store at Eastview Mall.
The now-vacant Sears building had been an anchor store at Eastview until it closed in November of 2018. Victor Town Supervisor Jack Marren confirmed on Monday that it will be turned into a Dick’s Sporting Goods store. Dick’s currently occupies a storefront in Cobblestone Court across the road from the mall.
This new Dick’s store is expected to be 100,000 square feet, which is double the size of the current store. A portion of the parking lot, 60 spaces, will be converted into a fenced-in outdoor field area which will allow customers to try out sports equipment. A climbing wall is also part of the plan.
“It’ll be a new shopping experience. There’ll be climbing walls inside and there’s actually a new addition, an outdoor playing field which is fenced in, and it’s an opportunity for the consumer to come in try out a soccer ball, kick it around, maybe a baseball glove, lacrosse stick,” Marren said.
He also said Dick’s has always done well in the region, and they’re hoping to bring in more customers by putting the store in the mall. Construction could begin as early as the end of this year.
There are currently no plans for the portion of the old Sears building which housed the auto center, a 19,000 square foot area. There are also no plans for a new tenant for the space in Cobblestone Court once Dick’s moves out.
A total of 41 employees lost their jobs when the Eastview Sears closed last year. There are no longer any traditional Sears stores in the Rochester area.