Photo: HBRC Architect/Engineer

Bealls Inc. is opening one of its newly branded Bealls Outlet/Home Centric stores in the space vacated by the Toys “R” Us at the Grove.

Bealls Inc., founded in 1915 and based in Bradenton, launched Home Centric in 2018 as a chain to compete in the crowded home décor market. While it is a standalone store in some places, the one coming to the Grove is the store-within-a-store concept focused on affordable home decor products — like furniture, artwork and holiday supplies — sold within a traditional Bealls Outlet.

The nearest Bealls/Home Centric stores are located in New Port Richey and Brandon. The combination stores are typically 30,000 square feet, with 10,000 square feet devoted to Home Centric. The former Toys “R” space is 35,000 square feet.

The new Bealls Outlet/Home Centric is one of many new businesses opening at the Grove, which was purchased by developer Mark Gold and his Mishorim Gold Properties (MGold) in September 2019 for $64 million, with an additional $110 million being spent on improvements.

In 2021, the property is expecting a banner year for new business openings at the development. While the Grove Theater, Bistro, and Entertainment Complex opened earlier this year, a Hawaiian-themed miniature golf course and the highly-anticipated KRATE container park — 94 converted shipping containers housing 54 restaurants and retail businesses — will launch, along with a number of other businesses located in the project’s town center area.

A national coffee shop and national grocer are also expected.

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