Less than a year after it closed, an outdoors store at Hamburg Place plans to reopen in its old spot, and a new baby goods retailer is coming to the space formerly occupied by Circuit City.
Sportsman's Warehouse, which reopened Wednesday, closed last summer as a victim of the company's bankruptcy reorganization. The chain filed for Chapter 11 protection last March, after it defaulted on loan covenants because tightened credit restricted its inventories. The Lexington store — at Winchester Road and Sir Barton Way, on the north side of Hamburg Place — survived the first round of cuts, which involved closing 23 stores to reduce bank debt and selling 15 to another company.
But it was one of three more store closings required as part of a plan approved by a board of creditors for the chain to exit bankruptcy. The chain emerged with about 25 stores open, primarily in the western United States.
Store manager Ben Bodmer said the company recently had the opportunity to reopen the stores they had closed.
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"This had always been a good area for us," said Bodmer, who cited the "extreme" number of e-mail messages and phone calls sent to the corporate headquarters by disappointed shoppers.
He said the first thing those shoppers might notice at the reopened store is its better selection.
Because of the company's bankruptcy at the time, "inventory levels had been drying up," he said. "That problem's been resolved."
Opening in late fall will be Buybuy Baby, which will have a 33,000-square-foot store in the space formerly occupied by Circuit City, said developer Patrick Madden.
The chain, a subsidiary of Bed Bath & Beyond, has 31 stores in 16 states, according to company Web sites.
The retailer could provide some competition to Babies R Us, which will soon have a second Lexington location as a store-within-a-store inside the Toys R Us on Nicholasville Road.
Buybuy Baby offers a similar line of products, including nursery and children's furniture, baby gear and toys
The Circuit City spot has been vacant since March 2009, when the chain's bankruptcy forced stores to close.
Madden said he's excited about having those vacant spots filled.
"Basically, everything's full again" in the part of the development his family still owns, he said.