Also: Lowe's plans two stores; Costco shifts Ukiah siteFramington, Mass.-based The TJX Companies, which operates stores such as TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods, may be getting ready to put a store in the vacant 63,000-square-foot Mervyn’s building at 389 S. McDowell Blvd. in Petaluma’s Washington Square shopping center.
A TJX spokeswoman said the company doesn’t talk about store openings in advance and no opening date for a Petaluma location is scheduled.
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However, the company in early May posted job openings on its website for a store manager and an assistant store manager to operate a TJ Maxx location with more than 40 employees in Petaluma.
TJX has seven North Bay stores, with TJ Maxx stores in Santa Rosa and Fairfield; Marshalls in Santa Rosa, Novato and Vacaville; and HomeGoods in Vacaville.
An agent with Terranomics Retail Services, which is marketing a number of former Mervyn’s locations for Santa Monica-based mall giant Macerich, declined to comment on a pending deal for the Petaluma store.
Macerich retains leaseholds on about three dozen former Mervyn’s locations, half of which have been reoccupied by other retailers, mainly Kohl’s and Forever 21, according to company filings.
Sonoma Storage Emporium, a four-acre 721-unit self-storage complex with 36,000 square feet of refrigerated wine storage, is set for a trustee’s sale later this month to satisfy $11.1 million in Sonoma Valley Bank claims that have been unpaid by San Rafael-based SSE LLC.
The sale is set for June 22 at 11 a.m. at the Petaluma community center.
SSE set up four self-storage complexes in the North Bay in the past several years, including Self Storage Emporium locations in Larkspur, San Rafael and Novato.
A receiver for the Santa Rosa property hired Devon Self Storage, a large self-storage facility investment and management company based in Emeryville, in late April to operate the facility, according to a source familiar with the situation.
The property had been on the market for sale at $17 million and then $15.5 million. The 248-unit Novato facility is listed for sale at $5.8 million.
There are a number of warehouse store projects that have been approved or started coming out of the ground in the North Bay recently.
Lowe’s Home Improvement received city council approval in February for a 138,000-square-foot store in a shopping center planned to be built on former airport land in Clearlake in Lake County. The Sierra Club has sued the city in county court to require an environmental impact report on the project.
The Fairfield Planning Commission in early May approved a 139,000-square-foot Lowe’s on land the city is selling for the retailer, and construction is planned to start this summer.
And Lowe’s plans to complete a store in Vallejo around the end of this year. The stores employ 120 to 150 people each.