It appears a store that’s familiar to retail shoppers in Hannibal is about to return. An official with Hauck Holdings, LTD, owner of the Huck Finn Shopping Center, confirmed Thursday that Goody’s is not only returning to Hannibal, but will occupy the same space it previously filled in the shopping center just west of U.S. 61.
“We have a signed lease and we’re into permits,” said Harold Fry, vice president of leasing and marketing for Hauck. “We’re excited about it. It’s a great addition to the center. We’re trying to get them in there for the holidays.”
Goody’s opened in Hannibal in November 2005. It was closed in the second half of 2008 after the company filed for bankruptcy.
According to Fry, the Goody’s name was purchased by Specialty Retailers, Inc., which owns and operates family apparel stores. A subsidiary of Stage Stores Inc., Specialty Retailers is based in Houston, Texas.
“They’ve revitalized the Goody’s concept and they’ve come out of the box again with what they feel is a better concept,” said Fry. “We’ve dealt with them in different cities around the nation and they’re very, very successful with their concept.”
To make room for Goody’s, Sears has moved across the shopping center into part of the space previously filled by Kroger, which closed its doors late last year. Sears was open for business in its new location Thursday, even as some final items were being removed from the previous site.
Fry acknowledged that Hauck is negotiating with rue21, which would fill the pharmacy side of the former Kroger building.
“We’re in lease negotiations with rue21 right now and we’re very close,” said Fry. “That would be a very quick deal as well. If we do their deal it would be in the old pharmacy.”
Rue21 offers a broad assortment of the newest fashion trends in apparel and accessories for girls and guys. The closest rue21 store is in the Quincy Mall.
According to a source at city hall, plans for a rue21 store were submitted a “couple of weeks ago.” No building permits have as yet been sought.
A mile or so south of the Huck Finn Shopping Center, a building permit has been secured for the construction of a 6,000 square foot structure behind Auto Zone on property that formerly housed the Midwest Block Co.
Rumors abound as to what business will be housed in the structure once it’s completed.