9/3/2017 – Bargain Hunt fills retail void at Lenoir Festival Shopping Center

Posted on: September 3rd, 2017 by admin


September 3, 2017


By Virginia Annable
(Lenoir) News-Topic

Another long-vacant storefront on Blowing Rock Boulevard has been filled as Lenoir’s retail economy continues to grow.


Bargain Hunt, a discount retailer based in Tennessee, opened at the Lenoir Festival Shopping Center, where Belk and Tractor Supply operate. Bargain Hunt’s 25,000-square-foot facility is part of what used to be a Bi-Lo grocery store.


Bargain Hunt is relatively new to North Carolina. The Lenoir store is just the third Bargain Hunt in the state, with the other two stores in Charlotte and Shelby. In fact, the Shelby store just opened on July 21.


Bargain Hunt has been in expansion mode the two years. It opened 11 new stores in 2015, 20 in 2016 – including the Charlotte store – and plans to open 20 more by the end of 2017. The company currently operates 77 stores across the Midwest and Southeast.


Bargain Hunt advertises itself as offering name-brand merchandise with discounts that escalate over time, based on the date shown on the price tag, until the price eventually could reach 90 percent off.


“We’re very excited to have something back in this beautiful building and bringing more life to the shopping center,” Lenoir Mayor Joe Gibbons said.


Bargain Hunt is the third major retailer to open in Lenoir since the middle of 2015. The others are Dunham Sports and Harbor Freight Tools.


Bargain Hunt came to Lenoir in part through the efforts of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission. Caldwell County EDC Executive Director Deborah Murray said retail is just as important as other industries to the EDC.


“We’re very fortunate to have the opportunity to aggressively pursue retail,” Murray said. “Retail does provide good jobs, they provide retail careers, and they also provide full-time and part-time jobs, seasonal jobs, flexibility in schedules, first-time jobs. Lots of good things come out of retail, not to mention a great shopping experience,



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