A furniture store new to Roswell is planned for the former Sears location on South Main Street.
The store and surrounding land of about 215,487 square feet are now owned by Jenkins Furniture Inc.
That corporation is controlled by Joe Jenkins and his family, the operators of an Ashley Homestore and a Jenkins Home Center store in Carlsbad.
People working at the 1000 S. Main St. site indicated Tuesday that they could not answer questions, but public records obtained from the city of Roswell showed that the $750,000 building remodel is being headed by Rock Creek Renovations of Carlsbad.
According to various sources, the new store, which measures about 56,000 square feet, is planned as an Ashley Homestore and Outlet, and a few drawings submitted for permits included that logo.
It will be the second furniture store in the southside retail development known as the Broadmoor Shopping Center. The center has several other retail operations, including a mattress store, but the other furniture store is Make-It-Home Furniture.
The owner of the Make-It-Home store, a family business that opened in July 2017, said that he welcomes the new operation.
“I think overall a new business coming to Roswell is good for the community and good for the people here,” said Chuck Martinez. “Even though it is competition, new business is good for the area.”
He added that his store sells different brands and different types of furnishings, and he said that he thinks having a new business on the south side to draw shoppers to the area will help boost customers and traffic.
According to the Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. website, the furniture company is the largest manufacturer of home furnishings in the world and Ashley Homestore is the largest furniture retailer in North America, with 955 stores in 55 countries.
The Sears closing in spring 2017 represented the loss of a longtime Roswell employer and retailer. It had opened the South Main location in February 1957. At one time, the store had employed 200 people, but the workforce had been downsized several times over the years as its parent company, Sears Holding Corp., went through bankruptcy reorganization proceedings. The store employed about 20 people when it closed.
Jenkins was not able to be interviewed by press time, so it is unknown when he plans to open the new store.
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