LAYTON -- Layton Hills Mall has signed a major-league new tenant.
CBL & Associates Properties announced Thursday that Dick's Sporting Goods will join Layton Hills Mall. The new 46,500-square-foot sporting goods store will locate in the former Mervyns, which closed in December 2008. The new store is scheduled to open in October 2011.
"Dick's Sporting Goods will be an excellent addition to Layton Hills Mall and further demonstrates our ongoing efforts to enhance the shopping experience at each of our centers," said Stephen Lebovitz, president and chief executive officer of CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
Layton Hills Mall General Manager Barry Smith said interior and exterior construction will begin this month and should be completed by mid-August.
The store will be the second Dick's Sporting Goods store in Utah, with the other one at the Gateway in Salt Lake City.
"Dick's Sporting Goods will be a good complement to the merchandise mix in the mall," Smith said. "I'm excited they chose Layton for its second store, and I'm also excited that we were able to attract them to Layton Hills Mall. I think it speaks well about the Layton area and the economic activity here."
Dick's Sporting Goods is an authentic full-line sporting goods retailer offering a broad assortment of brand name sporting goods equipment, apparel and footwear in a specialty store environment.
The new addition to the mall will use the lower level of the former Mervyns store, with an outside entrance, while the top floor of the former Mervyns will be home to mall shops, Smith said.
Layton Hills Mall is already home to Sports Authority, and with the upcoming arrival of Dick's Sporting Goods, the question has emerged as to whether Sports Authority will remain in the mall and compete with the bigger store.
Smith said he does not know what Sports Authority has planned.
"I know they announced a new store in Farmington earlier in December," Smith said.
A message left at Sports Authority's corporate office was not returned.
Ben Hart, Layton's economic development specialist, said the city is excited because the new store will fill a vacant building, create more jobs and bring people into the Layton Hills Mall area.
"There were a lot of opportunities for Dick's to be in other places in Utah, and they chose to come to Layton," Hart said.
Hart said many people from Davis and Weber counties have traveled to Salt Lake City to experience shopping at Dick's Sporting Goods store, and with the new store in Layton those shoppers will get to stay closer to home.