MARSHFIELD – Bath & Body Works confirmed the opening of a new store in Marshfield on Monday.
The company recently closed its store in Marshfield Mall ahead of a redevelopment project that will see the main section of the mall transformed into a new mall. A mall co-owner told the Marshfield News-Herald last week that the mall will close in september.
A Bath & Body Works spokesperson said the new store is expected to open in mid-August at 1827 N. Central Ave., GameStop’s former location. It will be in the same mall as Dunham’s Sports and Rogan’s Shoes.
Bath & Body Works is one of the world’s leading retailers of bath, body and home fragrances. It currently has more than 1,700 stores in North America, including a location at Rib Mountain.
Marshfield Shopping Center redevelopment plans have been underway for at least 2018. More recently, Ned Brickman, chairman of Midland Management, co-owner of Marshfield Mall, proposed a plan at Marshfield Common Council on May 10, which includes using the mall’s existing structure to create space for a few big-box stores that would have their own exterior entrances.
Brickman told the News-Herald there will remain a small indoor space near Ashley Furniture and Kohl’s. Some of the existing stores will be moved to this area, he said.
Brickman told the News-Herald that there are a lot of moving parts to the plan and he hopes to be able to share more information in the coming months. He did not share a timeline for the project.
The stores inside the mall are preparing for the upcoming changes. Some are preparing to move to new spaces within the mall, while others are planning to close, have already closed, or are looking for new locations.
Darby Shannon, manager of World Buffet, said the restaurant will remain in its current location while construction crews work on a new space in the mall. The World Buffet will close for a short time as it prepares to reopen in the new space.
Sports Scene will move to the former Radio Shack store next to TC Nails in the mall in September, an employee told a News-Herald reporter.
Claire’s will close on August 20, according to the store’s Facebook page and a sign posted outside the store. Claire’s has no immediate plans to move to Marshfield.
House of Unique, an antique store, is about to close and is looking for a new location, an employee told a News-Herald reporter.
Anchor Ashley Furniture, Kohl’s and Harbor Freight stores will remain open, employees confirmed to a News-Herald reporter.
Journalist Melissa Siegler contributed to this story.