QUINCY — A national sporting goods chain wants to open a location on the city's far east side.
Dick's Sporting Goods submitted plans Friday to the city's Planning and Development Department for a store in the Prairie Trail retail center on Broadway just east of Interstate 172.
Chuck Bevelheimer, director of planning and development, said his staff has not reviewed the site plan.
“They're proposing to build on the westernmost lot of the development between Lowe's and the interstate,” Bevelheimer said. “It's basically a large big box around 40,000 to 50,000 square feet in size. It does have one retailer box adjacent to it, as well, so it's the main building plus a small retailer.”
Bevelheimer said the city knew of potential development for months but wasn't certain which retailer was interested in the site. Typically, developers will contact the mayor's office, Planning and Development or the Great River Economic Development Foundation to discuss locations, infrastructure and available incentives.
“We kind of knew something was in the works, so we finally got a set of plans which shows who the retailer is and the dimensions of the site,” he said.
Founded in 1948, Dick's Sporting Goods now has more than 600 stores nationwide.
Originally developed as Prairie Crossing, the Prairie Trail retail center has several big-box outlets, with Lowe's becoming the first to open in 2003. It is owned by Orix Sansone Quincy Venture, comprising Dallas-based Orix Corp. and St. Louis Sansone Group.
In 2004, the city sold $6.7 million in bonds for the group to help pay for water and sewer connections and other infrastructure improvements at the site. The developer pays the bonds from a 75 percent rebate of the 1 percent city sales tax that the center generates.
Other stores at the Prairie Trail center are Kohl's, Old Navy, Shoe Carnival, TJ Maxx, MC Sports, Snap Fitness, Great Clips, Buffalo Wild Wings, Best Buy and Jen Nails.