LAYTON -- One of Layton Hills Mall's most popular stores will soon be packing up and moving across town.
Michael Christensen, a partner at the Thackeray Company, said Deseret Book will move to the shopping center on the southeast corner of Main Street and Hill Field Road.
"Deseret Book is slated to open in mid-October and will be combining operations with its distribution services," Christensen said.
He said the arrival of Deseret Book in the shopping center will revitalize an area that has needed new stores to fill vacant space.
"We had a number of tenants leave at once," Christensen said, noting that Bed, Bath & Beyond, Aaron's, Knight Mattress and Lone Star Steakhouse all moved out around the same time within the past 18 months. "We worked hard to replace them. We think bringing in Deseret Book will be great for the center in order to get it revitalized."
Christensen said Deseret Book will be moving to a bigger area than the store has at the mall. The new location will be 9,971 square feet.
"Deseret Book is always looking for ways to serve our customers better," said Gail Halladay, managing director of marketing and communications. "In the case of our Layton location, we have secured new retail space for a store outside the mall, which we believe will provide added convenience for our customers."
While the new store will open in mid-October, Halladay said, the mall location will remain open through the end of 2011.
Deseret Book has been a good draw for the Layton Hills Mall, said the mall's general manager Barry Smith. However, Smith admits that stores come and go, and the mall is prepared to move on.
"We're already marketing space to other retailers, so I don't think it will have a lasting impact," Smith said.
Smith said Deseret Book is trying to do away with its mall stores, and having the Layton location move is just a step in that process.
"I think it goes along with their merchandising concept, and combining with the distribution makes a lot of sense for them," Smith said. "It's probably just a change of the times."
The change will certainly help the Thackeray Company's development.
Currently, Halloween City is in the spot left vacant when Bed, Bath & Beyond moved across town. However, that store will vacate the space Nov. 19. Christensen said that PetSmart will begin moving in near the start of 2012, and the store should open its doors there by April.
Christensen said his company is working to find a tenant for the vacant Lone Star Steakhouse pad, and he is in discussions with a few restaurants. Christensen also said there will soon be a new entrance to the shopping center.