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At Home to move into former J.C. Penney store in Dallas

The northeast Dallas corridor is a destination for many of the big-box stores that are commonly found in the suburbs.

Plano-based At Home has filed a building permit to remodel a former J.C. Penney store in Timber Creek Crossing on Skillman and East Northwest Highway.
Plano-based At Home has filed a building permit to remodel a former J.C. Penney store in Timber Creek Crossing on Skillman and East Northwest Highway.(David Woo / Staff Photographer)

At Home is bringing its discount home furnishings superstore inside the Dallas city limits and plans to open a store next year in northeast Dallas.

The Plano-based retailer has filed planning documents with the state to remodel a former J.C. Penney store in Timber Creek Crossing on Skillman and East Northwest Highway. At Home confirmed that it filed plans but said it hasn’t been approved yet.

“We are always looking for great locations within the (I-635) loop that are easily accessible and within a vibrant retail node,” the retailer said in an emailed statement.

The shopping center, which is across from a Home Depot, opened in 2011 and includes a Walmart and Sam’s Club and fast-food restaurants Chick-fil-A and Whataburger.

The empty parking lot and exterior of the J.C. Penney after it permanently closed last year in the Timber Creek Crossing shopping center.
The empty parking lot and exterior of the J.C. Penney after it permanently closed last year in the Timber Creek Crossing shopping center. (Juan Figueroa / Staff Photographer)

Construction is scheduled to begin in late July and be completed by late December, according to the state filing.

The store will probably open early next year when it can be set with spring and summer merchandise. The building has 99,673 square feet of space, which is slightly bigger than the 85,000 square feet that At Home has said it targets for new stores.

At Home, which has 225 stores in 40 states, is stepping up its new store expansion after pausing as most retailers did when the pandemic started a year ago. CEO Lee Bird told investors last month that it continues to believe the company can expand to 600 stores. At Home is one of the retailers that did well during the pandemic as the stay-at-home economy inspired Americans to spruce up their homes.

The Skillman/Abrams/Northwest Highway/Park Lane area has become even more of a destination in recent years with a collection of big-box stores that dot the suburbs. Medallion Center has been there since the 1960s and houses Target and Kohl’s.

The northwest corner at Abrams and East Northwest Highway was built out in 2018 with Burlington Coat Factory, Academy, Five Below and Marshalls.

The shopping corridor extends east from North Central Expressway and Park Lane where NorthPark Center and the Shops at Park Lane are located. The area includes the Dallas Children’s Theater, REI, the flagship for Dallas-based Half Price Books and the only Costco Business Center in Texas.

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Maria Halkias, Staff writer. Maria Halkias has covered the retail scene for The Dallas Morning News since 1993.

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