COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Washington Prime Group Inc. (NYSE: WPG) today announced that Burkes Outlet and Home Centric will open at Morgantown Mall in Morgantown, West Virginia, in the fourth quarter of 2021. Burkes Outlet and Home Centric, sister brands owned by Beall’s, Inc., will share more than 30,000 SF of space at Morgantown Mall within a former department store location. This new Burkes Outlet and Home Centric combo store will be accessible from both exterior parking and the town center’s enclosed common area.
Burkes Outlet offers the latest styles in apparel, shoes, handbags, accessories, and beauty products, all at 70% off other stores’ prices. Home Centric provides everything needed to make a house a home, from brand-name home fashions to artisan creations to one-of-a-kind treasures from around the world.
Burkes Outlet and Home Centric join the dynamic and growing tenant lineup at Morgantown Mall. 2020 brought the adaptive reuse openings of first-to-market Dunham’s Sports and Ollie’s Bargain Outlet as well as the renovation of the AMC Theatre. In 2020, as part of the town center’s redevelopment initiatives, Morgantown Mall entered a unique partnership with WVU Medicine to redevelop its former Sears location to serve as a logistics, distribution and fulfillment center serving the broader WVU Medicine network as part of Washington Prime Group’s Fulventory initiative.
Lou Conforti, CEO and Director of Washington Prime Group stated: “While lots of landlords ‘talk the talk’ about curating a retail venue to best serve its demographic constituency (especially within Middle America), Washington Prime Group has been a leader in this regard as well as common area activation and relevant adaptive reuse. So, when Mountaineer Country asked for a fresh selection of family fashions and home furnishings, we listened. Morgantown, let’s welcome Burkes Outlet and Home Centric with the classic John Denver ballad which accompanies every home game victory. Just remember, before the country road takes you home, stop by Morgantown Mall and say hello to our new neighbors.”
Morgantown Mall is a premier shopping destination in Morgantown, located conveniently at the intersection of State Route 19 and I-79, and is easily accessible by area residents, including students and faculty from West Virginia University.
About Beall’s, Inc.
Headquartered in Bradenton, Florida since 1915, the family-owned corporation now operates more than 560 retail stores in 21 states under the names Bealls, Bealls Outlet, Burkes Outlet and Home Centric and online at beallsflorida.com, beallsoutlet.com and burkesoutlet.com. The privately held company has been owned and operated by the founding family for over 100 years. Learn more at www.beallsinc.com.
Washington Prime Group continues to innovate with the introduction of Fulventory, the Company’s last mile fulfillment initiative. Fulventory allows tenants to utilize space within the Company’s assets for last mile fulfilment and BOPIS (buy online and pickup in store), as well as inventory clearance. As BOPIS and BORIS (buy online and return in store) continue to gain traction with consumers, Fulventory captures the nexus between physical space and eCommerce and advances the symbiotic relationship which exists between the two.
About Washington Prime Group
Washington Prime Group Inc. is a retail REIT and a recognized leader in the ownership, management, acquisition and development of retail properties. The Company combines a national real estate portfolio with its expertise across the entire shopping center sector to increase cash flow through rigorous management of assets and provide new opportunities to retailers looking for growth throughout the U.S. Washington Prime Group® is a registered trademark of the Company. Learn more at www.washingtonprime.com.
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