Cortlandt Circuit City Could Become Big Lots Store

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The Circuit City building on Route 6 in Cortlandt has been vacant for at least three years. Now a Big Lots discount retail store may be coming to the site. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza
Town and real estate sources expect Big Lots Inc. to close a deal for the vacant Circuit City property in Cortlandt within a few weeks. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza

CORTLANDT, N.Y. – Discount retailer Big Lots Inc. may move into the long-vacant Circuit City building on Route 6 in Cortlandt. Currently, building's owner is in negotiations with Big Lots Inc. Town officials and real estate sources are hoping the deal will close in the next few weeks, solidifying the retailer's place in Cortlandt.

"I'm just happy something's in there," said Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi. Ken Hoch, director of the code office, said the company picked up its first building permit Monday.

Town officials seem relieved to have an interested party for the Circuit City property and to have the property out of Bankruptcy Court, where it's been for at least three years.

"We're just happy to have a tenant," Hoch said. The building has been conspicuously empty during Circuit City's bankruptcy proceedings. The building fell victim to vandals at one point, who entered and damaged the interior, said town and real estate sources.

The space is 27,500 square feet. Puglisi said she hopes the store will open by the end of 2012, or possibly in the first quarter of 2013. She said the discount retailer could bring as many as 60 to 80 jobs to the area.

Big Lots Inc. operates 1,533 stores in the United States and Canada. Of all the stores, nearly one-third operate in four states: California, Florida, Texas and Ohio, where the company has its headquarters.

Among a wide variety of items, the store sells clothing, furniture, food, makeup and other consumable goods.

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Coca:

What our area really needs is a Trader Joe's. The demand is there, the need is there and the space is there.

Boilermaker:

BIG LOTS next to Shopright ! A value store. We bought a $20. Stero, with speakers, AM _ FM CD and Tape . They more than compete with Walmart.

sayitsnotso:

Now we are talking an upscale dollar store, hope they have a nail, pizza, and deli department. How about a super Walmart going there instead?

Pointermama:

Unfortunately, there is no way a Super Walmart can go in there. The company that owns Cortlandt Town Center has Walmart as a tenant along with the Super A&P. Shoprite owners would never let a Super Walmart in that building. Also, the owners of Cortlandt Town Center just purchased the land across the street from where the McDonald's @ Cortlandt Town Center is and are going to develop it into around 115,000 sq ft of retail space. Walmart was blocked from purchasing this land by the new owner when they wanted to build a Super Walmart across the street from where they are presently. Glad that something is going in the old Circuit City building. Just one more place to shop. Welcome Big Lots.

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