Image via At Home stores

published on August 15, 2019 - 11:57 AM
Written by David Castellon

For about the past nine months, the former Kmart store in Clovis has sat empty — but not for much longer.

Texas-based retail chain At Home, described on its website as “the home décor superstore,” has reportedly signed a lease on the empty former department store at 1075 Shaw Ave. and has obtained a permit from the city to begin renovations, said Andrew Haussler, the city’s community and economic development director.

At Home’s website states that it sells a variety of household goods, including some furniture, bedding, decor, rugs, bathroom items and more.

As of January, 191 At Home stores operated in 38 states, with 11 of them opened in the first quarter of the company’s current fiscal year, according to the company’s quarterly report.

If you haven’t heard of the chain, that’s not surprising, as there are only three stores in California, all in the southern part of the state — Riverside, San Diego and Foothill Ranch, east of Irvine.

At Home’s website states it’s “one of the fastest growing retailers in America, offering more than 50,000 on-trend products to fit any room, style and budget.”

The former Clovis Kmart was one of several stores in the chain that were closed last year amid financial troubles for its parent business, Sears Holdings Corp.

Hobby Lobby coming

About a block to the east, the Toys R Us also closed last year, along with all the other stores in the nationwide chain. But it also has a new tenant coming in, as Hobby Lobby confirmed earlier this week that it had signed a lease for the store and plans to open there some time next year.

Pizza and coffee

Clovis also is expecting the arrivals of a new Starbucks coffee house and a MOD Pizza, Haussler said.

The two will occupy adjoining spaces in a single building now being built on the northwest corner of Clovis and

Ash avenues — at the edge of the parking lot for the city’s new Costco store .

MOD was founded in 2008 by a husband-and-wife team in Seattle.

“MOD is the original superfast pizza experience — a pioneering fast-casual concept that puts you in the driver’s seat. Artisan-style pizzas and salads are individually sized, made on demand, and ready in just minutes. Choose from over 30 toppings – the price stays the same no matter what you pick,” according to the website.

Today, MOD operates restaurants in 25 states and England, with 64 in California cities that include Sacramento, Napa, Corona, Chico and Redding. The Clovis restaurant will be the chain’s first in the Central Valley.

Mexican food

Clovis has another restaurant opening on the horizon, but it will not be a new business to the city.

Hacienda Tequila restaurant and bar at 1414 Clovis Ave. is preparing to move down the street to the Barnyard shopping enter, leasing the former Dukes restaurant, which closed a couple of months ago, Haussler said.

Operators of the restaurant couldn’t immediately be reached for comment, but a sign outside the restaurant suggests the move may come with a name change, as it says, “Hacienda Family Mexican Restaurant COMING SOON.”

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