At Home in Lee’s Summit: Opening planned for spring

Lee’s Summit is to get a new big-box furniture and home goods store, At Home, which will occupy a prominent vacant building on Missouri 291.

Demolition of the building’s façade is underway.

The work is to make way for remodeling of the exterior and interior for the store, said Mark Dunning, director of the city’s Development Center. The former Sears store has been vacant since 2011, he said.

Stacey Sullivan, spokesperson for At Home, said the store will be 87,000 square feet with opening planned for spring.

She said the company has a flexible floor plan so that when it finds a second-generation big box available, it is able to move quickly.

According to a fact sheet on the chain’s website, At Home was founded as Garden Ridge Pottery in 1979, then renamed to “At Home” with the start of a rebranding campaign in 2014. The company operates three stores in Missouri, out of 81 locations in 21 states in the U.S.

Stores average 120,000 square feet and offer about 50,000 items, including furniture, housewares, garden supplies, bedding, towels, rugs, seasonal items and home décor.

Sullivan said the store carries everything one might need for a home. While a competitor might carry 60 rugs, At Home carries 600.

“We pride ourselves on the breadth of our selection,” Sullivan said. “We say every room. Every style. Everyday low prices.”

The Missouri 291 corridor, which has several vacant buildings, has been a source of worry to officials and residents who fear it could slide into long-term blight.

“Many citizens had voiced concern over vacancy of this building. It’s good a viable tenant is moving in,” said Councilman David Mosby, chairman of the Community and Economic Development Committee.

Mosby said reuse of buildings also has a ripple effect of promoting improvements to other infrastructure.

Mosby said that the section of Rice Road (the outer road) in front the building is private property rather than a city or state road, and it’s been deteriorating. The city manager is working on a plan with the company for fixing the road, he said.

Just off the highway, Hy-Vee has opened a new fueling station and convenience store on Langsford Road, replacing a vacant Earl May garden center. Road improvements were made there to ease traffic congestion.

87,000 square feet of items from pottery, to rugs or sofas in new At Home store coming to Lee’s Summit