Sportswear store opens in Arlington Heights mall, followed by grocery store
A retailer of sports apparel and accessories — featuring a variety of professional and collegiate sports team gear — opened Friday in the Town & Country mall in Arlington Heights, helping fill a vacancy in the one of the main shopping centers in the village.
Rally House moved into the 6,000 square foot space at 423 E. Palatine Road between Dick’s Sporting Goods and the Golden Corral Buffet.
The store offers jerseys, sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats and accessories from all the local sports teams: Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, Blackhawks, Bears and even the Packers.
There’s also a wide assortment of college apparel, mostly from Big Ten and Loyola schools, and a Chicago-inspired merchandise section including city flag t-shirts and tchotchkes.
The store’s opening marks the Lenexa, Kansas-based chain’s fifth suburban location, with stores at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Arboretum in South Barrington, Randall Commons Shopping Mall in Geneva and Orland Square Mall. at Orlando Park. What started as a small cluster of stores in the Kansas City area in 1989 has grown to more than 100 locations in a dozen states.
“There will always be demand for destination retail, and something with unique sports accessories, especially something that mixes professional and college, is a nice addition,” said Michael Mertes, Business Development Manager of Arlington Heights.
Mertes noted the other recent addition to the Town & Country routes in Arlington Heights and Palatine: the highly anticipated fast-food restaurant Raising Cane, which opened in January.
Probably even more anticipated — if the chatter of local social media groups is any indication — is the upcoming mystery grocery store that will fill a 50,000 square foot big box space in the mall.
The tenant has long been rumored to be Amazon Fresh – the online retailer’s brick-and-mortar grocery concept – and the new facade resembles that of other places that have sprung up in the suburbs in recent years, including Schaumburg. near .
But officials in the village of Arlington Heights this week still refused to reveal the store’s name, citing company-requested confidentiality.
In December 2020, the village council agreed to give the shopping center owner Visconsi Cos. nearly $1.4 million in tax increment funding to help pay for renovations and site improvements that would bring the anonymous grocer and Raising Cane’s to town.
Charles Witherington-Perkins, director of planning and community development for the village, said improvements inside the grocery store are underway, but have been delayed due to supply chain issues and the obtaining materials and supplies needed for construction.
Still, he said, the store is on track to open this summer.