One of the anchor stores in Greenville’s largest shopping center is closing its doors, but what happens after that is still to be announced.
The Bealls store in the Greenville Promenade Shopping Center has posted a sign outside the front door, indicating it will be closing, with a closeout sale underway.
When contacted Thursday afternoon, the store’s manager confirmed the closing but referred all inquiries to the public relations department at Stage Stores, Bealls’ parent company. A call from the newspaper to the number had not bee returned as of press time.
A recent story in the Athens Daily Review newspaper revealed the Athens store is not closing but changing over to Gordmans in 2020. Gordmans is a chain of off-price department stores founded in Omaha, Nebraska.
Stage has announced it is converting about 100 stores, 89 this year and more in 2020.
Bealls is one of the original anchors of the former Crossroads Mall, which opened about 35 years ago at 6834 Wesley St. The mall was demolished and transformed into the Greenville Promenade through an agreement with the city of Greenville.
In March 2012, city officials entered into an agreement with Triyar/Crossroads Greenville Properties for the redevelopment of the property. The city would receive a portion of the increased sales taxes generated by the redevelopment of the mall, splitting the increase with the mall’s owners.
Under the terms of the agreement, Triyar/Crossroads was to invest $11 million on the transformation.
After the redevelopment, Bealls closed its original location at the center and reopened at its current space in July 2015.