POTTSTOWN PA – Ross’ Dress For Less, which for 10 years has been one of five anchor stores in Coventry Mall at the intersection of U.S. Route 422 and Route 100 in North Coventry Township, will close its doors Jan. 19 (2014; Sunday), a manager there confirmed Wednesday (Jan. 8). Employees were told of the impending closure weeks ago, she said.
The manager declined to offer a reason for the closing. “That’s not something we’re discussing,” she said.
Remaining mall anchor stores – Kohl’s, Boscov’s, and Dick’s Sporting Goods – all continue in operation.
Ross’ would be the second retail anchor to leave the mall in about two years. A Sears department store closed there during early 2012. The huge, more than 121,000-square-foot space Sears once occupied remains vacant.
The Ross’ space is much smaller; only 30,000 square feet. Finding a replacement tenant for it is said to be a priority for the mall’s management, and might be easier given its more limited size, a local retail leasing expert claimed. The mall’s properties are being marketed for lease by commercial real estate broker Jones Lang LaSalle. A call by The Post to the mall management office was not returned.
California-based Ross Stores Inc. opened its Coventry Mall unit during Spring 2003. It was reconstructed in half of a former Bradlees department store that closed at the mall in early 2001. More than 75 local employees lost jobs when that store was shuttered due to bankruptcy, according to a report at the time.
Ross’ describes itself as the “largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with 1,112 locations in 33 states, the District of Columbia and Guam,” as of May 2013. It also operates 115 dd’s DISCOUNTS stores in nine states. During 2013, according to a Motley Fool investment website report, the company opened 63 Ross Stores, and 23 dd’s.