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Hibbett Sports

A Hibbett Sports store is seen in Apopa, Fla., in 2017. 

BLOOMINGTON — Hibbett Sports plans to open a new store at Eastland Mall later this year.

The store will be located near the Charlotte Russe store in the mall and occupy approximately 4,700 square feet, said Stacey Keating, spokeswoman for mall owner CBL Properties.

"It should open this fall," she said.

The city of Bloomington issued a building permit May 31 to Pittsburgh, Pa.-based Rycon Construction Inc. for $60,000 to renovate the space at the mall for Hibbett Sports.

Hibbett officials could not be reached Friday for comment.

Hibbett Sports, headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., "is a leading athletic-inspired fashion retailer with more than 1,000 stores primarily located in small and mid-sized communities across the country," according to the company's website.

The stores, including one at the Hickory Pointe Mall in Forsyth, feature footwear, apparel and equipment from top brands like Nike, Under Armour and Adidas. 

The store's addition comes as CBL is trying to fill vacant spaces created by  longtime anchors Bergner's, Macy's and J.C. Penney and other retailers closing their stores at the indoor mall in east Bloomington.

Macy's and J.C. Penney both closed last year. Two other anchors, Kohl's and Sears, remain open.

Bergner's, a retail tenant at Eastland since 1973, is among nearly 230 properties across the country that are being sold by their bankrupt parent company, The Bon-Ton Stores.

CBL said it is evaluating redevelopment plans that include new retail for the Macy’s space, but provided no new information Friday. 

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Contact Maria Nagle at (309) 820-3244. Follow her on Twitter: @Pg_Nagle

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Bloomington Reporter

Bloomington reporter for The Pantagraph.

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