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August 27, 2018

HomeGoods plans to use part of former Sears

HomeGoods sells dishes, kitchen equipment, furniture, lighting and household accessories.
HomeGoods has more than 700 stores nationwide, including one in Gainesville.
• What: Discount home furnishing retail shop; 21 stores in Virginia.

• Proposed site: 8.8 acres in Warrenton Village shopping center.

• Address: 141 W Lee Highway, Warrenton; former Sears building.

• Property owner: Seritage SRC Finance, LLC of New York, NY.

• Redevelopment: 22,800 square feet for HomeGoods; 86,400 square feet, remaining vacant.

• Property value: $10.3 million assessment for tax purposes.

• Website: Click here
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A discount home furnishings store could soon occupy part of the former Sears building in Warrenton.

Property owners last week submitted a HomeGoods site plan to the town for redevelopment of 22,800 square feet of the building in the Warrenton Village shopping center.

The rest of the building — about 86,400 square feet — would remain a “cold dark shell,” according to the application.

HomeGoods belongs to Massachusetts-based retail giant TJX Companies, that also owns Marshalls, T.J. Maxx and other discount stores.

Marshalls, a sister store, opened three years ago in the former Borders bookstore space at the same Warrenton shopping center.

Sears subsidiary Seritage SRC Finance LLC of New York owns the 8.8-acre site. The property includes a 439-space parking lot.

The applicant proposes improving the driveway entrance closest to the building from Fletcher Drive, along with landscaping in the parking area and a monument sign.

The application requires only town staff approval.

Founded in 1886, Sears operated one of Fauquier County’s largest stores before it closed in July.

Because of the building’s size, it more than two decades ago required a Warrenton Board of Zoning Appeals variance to fit on its site, the only property in the shopping center that the Weissberg Corp. does not own. 

The single-story building of more than 100,000 square feet opened as a Kmart in 1996. Nine years later, Sears purchased Kmart, shut many of its underperforming stores and rebranded others throughout the country.

In 2005, the Chicago-based retail giant converted the Warrenton store to a Sears.

For tax purposes, the county values the building and 8.8-acre commercial site at $10.3 million.

HomeGoods has 21 stores in Virginia, including one in Gainesville, and more than 700 nationwide.

The property owners could not be reached for comment.

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Bonnie C. · August 27, 2018 at 3:35 pm
While I also would love to have a Costco closer to us than Manassas, unfortunately there is absolutely no way the Sears building is remotely large enough. Not to mention the little parking lot. Take a gander at the size of any of the Costco parking lots - & they're all usually full.
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