WARNER ROBINS -- Warner Robins’ former Kmart store is becoming a big home decor shop.
A sign is already up on the Watson Boulevard for At Home, which is expected to open by early summer, “just in time for patio and grilling season,” said Stacey Sullivan, director of public relations for At Home, in a statement. Demolition and electrical contracting crews were working there this week.
At Home was rebranded last year from its previous name, Garden Ridge. The company’s other stores include locations in Stockbridge and Norcross.
The location wasn’t closed long. The Kmart at 2063 Watson Boulevard closed in October. It had opened in 1975.
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Bill Mulkey, Warner Robins building and transportation director, said At Home was working on plans for the building before Kmart closed.
“They’re going to take up the whole store, and do some not-major renovations. They’re going to move the entrance back pretty close to where it was, in the middle of the store,” Mulkey said.
When Kmart closed, the entrance was nearly at the right edge of the building. The location is rather wide, about 200 feet deep and about 500 feet wide.Tax records list it as having about 101,000 square feet, though a sign in front shows it at about 108,000 square feet.
Sullivan said the company expects to have 25 full- and part-time employees. Kmart had had 77 employees, most of them part-time.
Sullivan said At Home will a big assortment of home decor products.
“We enable our customers to express their personal style by choosing from an expansive selection of more than 50,000 unique items, across broad product categories including patio furniture, garden, home furnishings, wall decor and decorative accents, rugs and housewares,” she said.
At Home has 80 stores in 21 states, according to the company websites.
Telegraph archives were used in this report. To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.