NISKAYUNA — Discount clothing retailer Burlington is setting up a new store in Mohawk Commons.
Conversion of the roughly 29,000 square feet formerly occupied by Bed Bath & Beyond and Maurices is underway.
The New Jersey-based company formerly known as Burlington Coat Factory operated 761 stores as of January, including in Latham, Guilderland and 45 other locations across New York state.
Niskayuna Town Planner Laura Robertson said the proposal earlier this year to site a Burlington in town was a welcome development.
“They moved into the old Bed Bath & Beyond spot and they’re completely renovating the whole thing. We’re pretty excited about that,” she said. “They have a pretty cool facade upgrade package.”
Bed Bath & Beyond has been closing stores by the dozens in recent years. It dropped the ax on its Niskayuna location in 2018 and the storefront has remained vacant.
Robertson said the space formerly occupied by the home decor retailer, about 24,000 square feet, is not big enough for a big-box store but is too large for most smaller retailers.
“It’s a tough size to rent,” she said. “That’s why we were so excited when Burlington rented it.”
Combining the former Maurices, the floor space totals about 29,000 square feet. For comparison, the Market 32 nearby is roughly 75,000 square feet and the Target is 125,000 square feet. Party City is about 12,600 square feet and Famous Footwear just 10,000.
On Wednesday afternoon, the former retail space was stripped to its bones on the inside and the former front door to Bed Bath & Beyond appeared to be on its way to being sealed up.
Colored brickwork will be added, Robertson said.
It will be a good addition to the retail landscape in town, she said.
“I think it’s compatible with the commercial district and it will bring more service to residents,” Robertson said.
“And we like it when there isn’t a vacant space any more.”