Bed Bath & Beyond is leaving Longview’s Triangle Center, while AutoZone is reportedly filling a long-empty space in the outdoor mall.
The Longview Bed Bath & Beyond is one of 37 locations in 19 states that are slated to close through February as the company reports declining sales. A sign draped over an empty building at the north end of the mall says AutoZone is coming soon as the company reports a recent increase in net sales. An AutoZone representative could not be reached to confirm the store open date.
Bed Bath & Beyond inventory is featured in the Longview store at 20-40% off, and items used by employees such as office furniture are also for sale. The big box retailer has occupied around 23,000 square feet in the outdoor mall for at least a decade.
AutoZone will take over the 13,500-square-foot building on Ocean Beach Highway that housed Ace Hardware until summer 2019.
Woodford Commercial Real Estate in Kelso announces that retail space that previously housed an office depot next to the new AutoZone location is now available for rent. Another retail area, two catering areas and an office are also available.
The Triangle Center was originally an indoor mall that was built in the 1960s and converted into a 260,000-square-foot outdoor mall in the early 2000s. The space is anchored by WinCo Foods and includes national chains like Rite Aid, Michaels, and Petco.
Bed Bath & Beyond reported a roughly $ 100 million drop in personal sales in the third quarter of 2021 on Jan. 6 due to the inability to restock shelves during backups of the pandemic’s supply chain.
In the summer of 2020, the chain also announced that in-person sales fell 49% in the first quarter of 2020 due to pandemic closings, while online sales rose 82%, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the company’s total net sales. Despite the surge in online sales, the company lost about $ 2 per share and announced that 200 of its 1,000+ US and Canadian stores would close over the next two years.
AutoZone recently reported an increase in net sales. The company reported net sales up approximately 16% year over year for the quarter ended November 20, 2021. During that time, AutoZone opened 15 new stores in the U.S. for a total of 6,066, according to the auto parts retailer.
The Fortune 500 Company lists 10 Longview jobs – including delivery drivers, sales representatives, and managers – available at careers.autozone.com. The AutoZone closest to Longview today is about 30 minutes south in Battle Ground, according to its website.
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