New tenants set for former Circuit City store

FLINT TWP. —Three new stores are coming next year to the longvacant former Circuit City electronics store. 4071 Miller Rd.

A site plan was approved by the township planning committee on Dec. 13, said Tracey Tucker, township economic enhancement director.

Plans call for a complete upgrade of the building facade including the adjacent Pet Smart store at the left end of the strip plaza.

Also, an 8,000 square-foot addition is to be built on a vacant lot on the right end of the building next door to the Sports Authority store.

The 45,506 square-foot Circuit City building will be divided into space for two stores and a third new store will occupy the new build, Tucker said.

The coming stores announced are The Christmas Tree Shop, Five Below and Ulta cosmetics, she said.

Contrary to its name, The Christmas Tree Shop sells a variety of discounted household wares similar to a Big Lots store.

Don’t You Just Love a Bargain? is its trademarked motto and it currently operates stores in 22 states and has Michigan stores in Taylor and Utica, according to its website, where examples of store merchandise can be previewed.

Five Below is a value-priced store catering to the teen and pre-teen market. As its name implies, it sells a variety of trendy youth-oriented fashions and furnishings priced from $1 to $5. The Pennsylvania-based chain has stores in about 18 states and currently operates about 17 stores throughout Michigan.

Ulta is also a national discount cosmetics and beauty chain with about 24 stores in Michigan.

Lormax Stern Development Company of West Bloomfield is the developer of the project. They purchased the property in early 2011.

The building has been vacant since Circuit City closed in 2009 after the company filed for bankruptcy.

The redeveloped Circuit City building will leave one vacancy — the former Border’s bookstore- in that plaza which is officially called Pirates Cove Shopping Center.

Tucker said she did not know a timeline for the new stores to open but developers still have to come back to the township for construction plan approval. She said she was told that interior revamping is already underway to subdivide the Circuit City store.

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