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Burlington Coat Factory to open in former Toys ‘R’ Us site in Spokane Valley

Burlington Coat Factory is planning to open in a space formerly occupied by Toys R Us in Spokane Valley.

The New Jersey-based retailer filed plans with the city to complete more than $1.4 million in renovations to the 30,400-square-foot space at 15505 E. Broadway Ave.

Toys R Us closed last year in Spokane Valley after the retailer filed for bankruptcy protection in 2017.

Burlington Coat Factory began as a family business in 1972 with one store in Burlington, New Jersey. It has since expanded to more than 691 stores – including one internet store – in 45 states and Puerto Rico. The company has 12 stores in Washington, including a location on North Division Street in Spokane.

Mark Bromeier of Missouri-based Casco Professional Services is the project architect. Missouri-based Atlas Building Group is the project contractor.

Burlington Coat Factory sells discounted apparel, footwear, baby items, home goods, accessories, coats and beauty items. The retailer generated revenue of $6.6 billion in 2018, according to its annual report.

The company indicated in a 2018 annual report that it will continue to explore expansion opportunities within “current market areas and other regions.”

Burlington’s decision to open stores “generally is contingent upon a number of factors, including the availability of desirable locations with suitable structures and the negotiation of acceptable lease terms,” the company said in its annual report.

The retailer positions many of its stores in off-mall shopping centers it calls “power centers” with a combination of three to five big-box anchor stores and smaller specialty tenants.

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