Nice To See A Store Actually Moving Into The Westgate Mall

It seems in the past few years it’s been one store after another leaving the Westgate Mall. So now we can actually talk about one moving in!

The Westgate Mall reports Ashley Furniture is moving into the former Herberger’s store.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore opened in Baxter in August of 2006 with about 31 employees. The furniture store opened in a portion of what was the Gander Mountain building, as a tenant in the building. But timing wasn’t in its favor. The housing market was starting to indicate the massive economic downturn that was on the horizon. By December of 2007, the Great Recession arrived. And by late November of 2008, Ashley Furniture was closing.

Lexington Realty, owner and manager of Westgate Mall, announced a new lease was signed with Ashley HomeStore to move into the mall with more details on construction and an opening date to follow.

Scot Snitker, Lexington Realty, released a statement.

“When Herberger’s left the property due to bankruptcy it left a very large space to backfill,” Snitker wrote. “Planet Fitness was the first step and now another great company in Ashley is the next step. I want to be clear it’s not the final step we are taking. We are aware of the other challenges and are working with other potential tenants and will have more exciting announcements soon.”

Hallmark, Payless footwear and Dairy Queen were some of the more recent closings in Westgate Mall. Bette Mae’s is also closing. And there are other more long-term vacancies with dark storefronts in the mall from previous closings.

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