Home furnishings company plans move to former Zellers Plaza in 2018

Observer staff – Tuesday, July 26, 2016 10:43:50 EDT AM

Tepperman’s is moving from the Lambton Mall.

The home furnishings retailer announced Tuesday it plans to relocate to a larger location at the former Zellers Plaza on London Road by 2018.

“Sarnia has been an incredible market for us over the last 20 years,” said CEO Andrew Tepperman in a news release.

“This is our way of showing our Sarnia-Lambton families just how much we appreciate them bringing the Tepperman’s brand into their homes.”

The new store, pegged at 38,000 square feet and 20 per cent larger than the current location, will be similar in design to the company’s newest Kitchener store, opened earlier this month, officials said.

Features include a coffee and beverage bar, digital displays, credit kiosks and a Bargain Annex – a store-within-a-store, budget-minded concept that was not possible in the current Sarnia location, officials said.

The company is partnering with Rob Dawson of Sarnia-based Lucror Property for the move.

Dawson acquired the Zellers Plaza property earlier this year, and announced a $10-million redevelopment plan over five years for the 1249 London Rd. property.

A $10 million redevelopment plan was also announced by the previous ownership group, Tierrasanta Investments in 2013 – months after the former Zellers store was shut down. Dawson has a family connection with Glenn Dawson, who was involved in the property’s former ownership group.

A new Giant Tiger store opened last year in a renovated section of the former Zellers building.

Tepperman’s has locations in London, Sarnia, Chatham, Windsor and Kitchener.

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