Dublin-based fashion retailer Primark is aiming to take over the former Sears storefront in Shaumburg’s Woodfield Mall.
Primark is going after a 10-year lease of the closed second floor site, the Daily Herald reports.
The European retailer already has a store in Chicago, which opened in March 2021 and marked the brand’s introduction to the Midwest.
The proposed move to Shaumburg comes after Primark announced plans to advance its US expansion. Over the next five years, the company intends to grow its current 13 storefronts in the country to 60, according to a 2021 release.
“Six years after opening our first store in Boston, it’s clear that American customers – from Florida to Chicago – love Primark’s unique offering,” Primark CEO Paul Marchant said in a statement. November 2021. “With our current portfolio of 13 stores selling very well, we feel like we have established a solid base from which to accelerate our expansion into the US market.”
The last Sears store in Illinois closed in November 2021 after serving Chicagoland shoppers for decades. The department store has gone out of business after spending 50 years in the popular suburban mall.
Transformco, the parent company of Sears, announced the closure in mid-September 2021. The company said it would look for ways to revive the space with another tenant – and Primark is now looking to step into its shoes. .