Old Mill, officially, has Field & Stream hook, line and sinker.
The Staenberg Group, owner of the retail development formerly known as The Foundry, announced the year-old outdoors store will be an anchor there.
The Observer-Reporter reported Jan. 3 that a posting on TSG’s website, tsgproperties.com, said Field & Stream would be going in. But a company official, at the time, would not confirm that.
Field & Stream, which specializes in hunting and fishing gear and supplies, will have 50,000 square feet with which to operate in Old Mill. Construction began and TSG Vice President Tim Lowe said the store should open in September or October.
Its presence will ramp up competition in the outdoors market in an area brimming with outdoors aficionados. Ace Sporting Goods is but several hundred yards down the hill, along Route 19; Gander Mountain is five miles away in Crown Center; Cabela’s is 25 miles west near Wheeling, W.Va.
Dick’s Sporting Goods, which operates a store in Strabane Square, owns Field & Stream, which specializes in hunting and fishing gear and supplies. The Findlay Township-based company launched this new brand in Cranberry Township in 2013, opened a second store in Crescent Springs, Ky., and plans to build others this year.
This is the second business to sign a lease for the 104-acre project in South Strabane Township, off the southbound side of Route 19. TSG, a St. Louis-based commercial real estate development company, previously secured Hobby Lobby, a national arts and crafts chain headquartered in Oklahoma City.
LongHorn Steakhouse has not signed, but appears to be committed to the Old Mill after being approved for a liquor license transfer in January. Darden Restaurants of Orlando, Fla., owns LongHorn, as well as two other nearby eateries – Olive Garden in Old Mill and Red Lobster in Trinity Point.
Olive Garden and another dining spot, Max & Erma’s, are the only businesses operating in Old Mill, a project revived and renamed over the past year or so.
JC Penney was the first store to open in The Foundry in March 2007, and three others followed, but subsidence issues caused damage to the buildings, forcing three to leave by mid-2008. Penney returned to Washington Mall and Bed Bath & Beyond and Ross Dress-for-Less fled.
Max & Erma’s property was unaffected and it was the only tenant to remain.
Miserable weather hasn’t hindered Mosites Construction and Development Co. of Robinson Township, which is developing the site.
“We have 523,000 square feet of small shops under construction,” said Sam Adler, leasing representative for TSG. He added that companies are “committed” to about 60 percent of the small shops space, but have not signed leases, so he cannot reveal names.
Adler also said two local companies have signed, “but I don’t want to announce them yet.”
“We’re really close on a lot of things, a mix of national and local. We’re excited to turn around this project in Washington.”