The Cavender’s Western Wear chain will place one of its new 22,000-square-foot superstores in Central Texas Marketplace, and likely will open it in time for Christmas shopping or shortly thereafter, a district manager for the company confirmed Thursday.
Real estate agent Robert Wright, who is showing properties at the marketplace, also said Thursday that the Haverty’s furniture chain will place a store there, as will Five Below, a Philadelphia-based retailer that has more than 320 locations with sales of products priced less than $5.
Five Below merchandise includes trading cards, games, stationery, books, computer software, beauty products and novelty items.
“Waco has been very good to us, and we’re excited about opening one of our larger prototypes in that shopping center,” said Cavender’s Ron Whitten, who oversees a zone that includes Waco.
Cavender’s for two decades has leased 12,000 square feet in Westview Village, at Valley Mills and Waco drives, but that location will close.
Land clearing for its new store already has begun near the Cabela’s Outpost at the marketplace, at State Highway 6 and Interstate 35.
Besides carrying a larger selection of merchandise, Cavender’s superstores have customized fixtures and “giant boot displays,” Whitten said.
He said most of the retailer’s nearly 70 stores run 15,000 square feet, with the largest standard establishment covering 34,000 square feet in Amarillo.
So far, superstores have gone up in Humble, Odessa, El Paso, Denver and Colorado Springs, with others planned in Victoria, Texas; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Waco.
The Tyler-based retailer remains family owned and operated, Whitten said, and family members choose the markets they think would support a superstore.
Apparel found in superstores will include that with a Western flavor, Whitten said, “but they also will carry contemporary and fashionable items.”
“I think it’s safe to say the one in Waco will have a lot more of everything,” Whitten said.
Alan Ritchie, owner of Ritchie’s Western Wear, 4533 W. Waco Drive, said he thinks he can continue to hold his own against the national chains, even if one opens a superstore.
“I’ve been around 36 years, and my customers have been loyal,” Ritchie said. “Boot Barn is right across the street; Cavender’s is a few blocks away. And Tractor Supply probably is the biggest of them all. But we’ve gone against Cavender’s for about 19 years now, and we’re definitely not going to panic.”
Construction of a new Cavender’s superstore is only part of the activity proceeding at Central Texas Marketplace.
Signs have gone up indicating that new JoAnn Fabric & Craft, Bed Bath & Beyond and Cost Plus/World Market stores will begin taking shape within the next few weeks, as land clearing proceeds.
Much of the progress is taking place near Cabela’s and the lodge-themed Twin Peaks eating and drinking establishment that recently opened.
San Francisco-based World Market, which has nearly 280 locations nationwide, sells an array of housewares that includes furniture, seasonal merchandise, entertaining and kitchen items, specialty foods and drinks and “inspirations and solutions,” according to its website.
JoAnn Fabric & Craft is relocating from the Fairgate shopping center near Bosque Boulevard and New Road, where it has been since 1995.