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Hibbett Sporting Goods, Dollar Tree coming to Butler

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By Jeff Moore

Construction work is underway at Butler Outlet Mall to expand for new Hibbett Sporting Goods and Dollar Tree stores set to open this spring.

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Krishna Patel, who owns the outlet mall with his father Manny Patel, said this is the first phase of three they are planning for the retail facility on Hwy. 227.

By the end of March, Patel said the construction will be complete on store spaces for Hibbett and Dollar Tree. He said the sporting goods location will be about 5,500 square feet, while Dollar Tree’s new space will be about 8,000 square feet.

Both stores’ main entrances will open to the front of the building, not inside the outlet mall.

Eryn Vincent, a real estate assistant with Hibbett Sporting Goods, said the company plans to open the Carrollton store by mid- to late-May.

Hibbett Sports stores offer a large selection of quality branded athletic equipment, footwear and apparel.

Vincent said Hibbett selected Carrollton for a new location because the company likes to serve smaller communities to keep residents from having to drive distances to larger box stores, such as Dick’s Sporting Goods. Hibbett has 56 other locations in Kentucky and one in nearby Madison, Ind.

Hibbett’s new Carrollton store will employ eight full- and part-time employees, which Vincent said is standard for its operations.

Patel said he and his father wanted to bring national brand stores to be tenants at Butler Outlet Mall.

He said they worked to bring the Dollar Tree to town because it is the top ranked store in its class, above Dollar General and Family Dollar. While those other companies focus on families with incomes of $20,000 and $30,000 or less, he said studies show Dollar Tree also attracts customers from the $40,000 to $60,000 income range because of the quality of its merchandise.

“It’s going to be quite a boost to have Dollar Tree open up over there,” he said.

Patel said Dollar Tree is also expected to open this spring.

Carroll County Community Development Corporation Executive Director Bob Yoder said these new stores are “a good fit” for the outlet mall.

“I think it will be great for the people of Carroll County,” Yoder said.

In the second phase of renovations for the outlet mall, Patel said improvements are planned for the front and entrance of the building and facilities such as the restrooms. They also are negotiating with a shoe store to locate inside the outlet mall in this phase, which they hope to complete by the end of summer.

The third phase will bring construction of a separate building behind the outlet mall to house a new Kid’s Zone, he said. They hope this project, which will feature a family atmosphere much like that in a Chuck E. Cheese, to be complete by the end of the year.

But he said those plans “are still under negotiation” and are subject to the forces of the economy.

Patel said he believes the economy is looking up and holds the potential to help them make these improvements at Butler Outlet Mall.

Patel said that the economic conditions led several tenants to close their stores there in recent years. But he has worked to try to bring new ones in hopes of bringing new jobs back for those who lost theirs when the stores left town.

He said he has asked the companies coming in to the outlet mall to give strong consideration to employees who had worked there in the past.

“As the economy improves, we have high hopes for Carrollton,” he said.

He said the changes at the outlet mall have been part of a cycle and, with the changes underway, they hope to pull in new business from the region to the outlet mall and its stores and restaurants.