LAYTON -- Ream's Boots and Jeans is about to get a new neighbor.
Big Lots is planning to move its location from near the Layton Hills Mall to the space left vacant when Ream's grocery store had its going-out-of-business sale in August.
"It's a good fit," said Reams Property Manager Rod Allred. "They wanted to be by the freeway. It's a great location."
Allred said the Ream's building, a 47,000 square foot structure located at 1040 North Main Street, is being remodeled to fit the new tenants. The western wear store remained open after the grocery store left, and Allred said the store remains open even though construction crews are working on other parts of the building.
Ream's had been working with Big Lots for a while, Allred said, and knowing that Big Lots was interested in moving to the building influenced the decision to close the grocery store.
"We had this in the works, so that was part of the deal," Allred said. "That location is really good for retail location, but not for grocery,"
Big Lots, currently located at 495 West 1425 North, will join the list of businesses that have, or soon will be, relocated within Layton city limits. Bed, Bath & Beyond and Aaron's Furniture have recently moved locations while Deseret Book and PetSmart will soon have new homes.
Ben Hart, Layton's economic development specialist, said it is interesting to see businesses move around the city.
"It's good for tenants to be operating in space most effective for them," Hart said. "We want these businesses to be successful as they can be. If finding a new location is what it takes, then their success equals success for the city."
Messages left at Big Lots corporation headquarters by the Standard-Examiner were not returned, but Allred said Big Lots is planning on moving into the redesigned building sometime in 2012.
At least one more tenant will move into the Ream's building. Allred said that after the portion of the building reserved for Big Lots, which is south of where the western wear store is located, crews will renovate the part of the building on the north side.
"That will either fit one or two new tenants," Allred said. "There are some people looking at it, but noting is sure yet."
Hart said that the city wants to be involved in filling vacant buildings, but does not favor any locations over another.
"Every vacant building, with very few exceptions, has underlining activities where businesses are looking at that property," Hart said. "The city never tries to get in the way of filling vacant buildings."