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February 21, 2019

Work begins to remodel old Sears for HomeGoods

Photo/Lawrence Emerson
A $1.8-million project has started to divide the former Sears store and remodel one-quarter of it for HomeGoods.
• What: Discount home furnishing retail shop; 21 stores in Virginia. 

• Proposed site: Part of 100,000-square-foot former Sears store on 8.8 acres in Warrenton Village shopping center.

• Address: 141 W Lee Highway, Warrenton.

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

• 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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Staff Journalist
Renovation at the future HomeGoods site started last week at the old Sears building in Warrenton.

The property owners started a $1.8-million project to demolish part of the vacant building and remodel the entire interior of the “big box” at 141 W. Lee Highway.

A chain link fence wraps around the store, blocking one of two shopping center entrances off Fletcher Drive.

The town this month issued a building and demolition permit for work that includes adding a wall to divide the space into a multi-tenant building.

Sears subsidiary Seritage SRC Finance LLC of New York owns the 8.8-acre site that includes 439 parking spaces.

The Sears store closed in July.

The property owners in August 2018 submitted a site plan for HomeGoods, a discount home furnishings store. It would occupy 22,800 square feet, about one-quarter of the building in the Warrenton Village shopping center. 

The town has yet to approve a final site plan for HomeGoods.

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

The applicant proposes improving a parking lot entrance on Fletcher Drive, along with landscaping in the parking area and a monument sign. 

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 site at $10.3 million.

The property owner could not be reached for comment.

Contact Cassandra Brown at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-878-6007.
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Savefauquiercounty2019 · February 24, 2019 at 4:17 pm
While the town sits on their hands, the community residents spend their monies in Gainesville.
Truepat · February 22, 2019 at 6:15 am
It would appear to be an excellent opportunity for someone on the town council to reach out to Sam's or Costco regarding this space. Has there been an active approach to finding a business that could be "needed"?
AndreaDickson · February 21, 2019 at 11:47 pm
It is good to know about this renovation work.
Renovations are done to improve the look of that particular area. Renovation experts from Home Quality Remodeling renovate the home according to the customers need. One can also renovate to change the overall look of the home.
rally39 · February 21, 2019 at 6:45 pm
Wow! Another store that sells nothing but junk with a “Made in China” label.
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