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Dick’s Plans To Reopen Nov. 19

November 3, 2018 GMT

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Dick’s Sporting Goods in the Arena Hub, which sustained major damage from the June tornado, will reopen at 9 a.m. on Nov. 19, the store announced in a news release.

“The store will open again for the community just in time for the holiday shopping season,” the news release stated.

Building material and part of Dick’s sign were found miles away in Bear Creek Twp. after the June 13 tornado, which featured 130 mph winds.

Belfor Property Restoration was hired to remodel the stores damaged by the tornado in the Arena Hub and work continues behind fenced-in areas.

T.J. Maxx, which is located next to Dick’s and was also damaged by the tornado, will reopen 8 a.m. Nov. 18, according to a post on its website.

It follows the reopening of Staples, which was remodeled after the tornado ripped off multiple sections of the store’s roof and caused extensive water damage.

Renovations also continue PetSmart in the Arena Hub. A spokeswoman recently said she expects the store will reopen in December but she could not provide an exact date.


Barnes & Noble has opened a temporary store in the former Sears Outlet store in the nearby East End Center. Its store in the Arena Hub will not open until early next year, store officials said, but the temporary store will serve customers until then.

Ashley Furniture, which was destroyed by the tornado, has reopened in a new location. The store recently opened in about 50,000 square feet of space behind the Wyoming Valley Mall that formerly housed H.H. Gregg before it closed and other vacant stores.

Jim Everett, who owns the site on Mundy Street where Ashley Furniture was demolished, said he has not yet decided if he will sell that site or rent it to a commercial tenant.

A strip mall anchored by Panera Bread at Wilkes-Barre Township Commons was condemned and is slated for demolition but it’s not clear when it will be torn down. Efforts to reach a spokesperson for the strip mall’s owner, Urban Edge Properties, were unsuccessful.

After the tornado, employees from GameStop, one of the businesses in the strip mall, began working at another store location in the Wyoming Valley Mall.

GameStop recently opened another store in the closed Sweet Frog in the Wilkes-Barre Twp. Marketplace near Walmart.

Tovon & Co. Diamonds, another business in the condemned strip mall, will soon open a new location at 47 Memorial Highway, Dallas. Owner and president Tommy Van Scoy Jr. said people could have their rings cleaned and checked and look at engagement and wedding rings by appointment by calling 570-970-2700.

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