The commercial real estate company Real Estate 360 has announced that the popular thrift shop, Value Village, will open "at [the] Bridgewater Mall/Eastside Plaza" in the fall of this year.
"This retailer has long been in demand for the South Shore trade area," the group commented on its Facebook page last month.
Although it did not indicate exactly to where in the mall it would locate, Real Estate @ 360 names Home Hardware among its clients, along with Value Village and the owners of the Bridgewater Mall/Eastside Plaza, Montreal's Zenda Group.
Gow's Home Hardware will relocate later in the year when it merges with Gow's Home Furniture at a purpose-built property on Bridgewater's Dominion Street.
Meanwhile, Leon's Furniture, which had been occupying space in the Bridgewater Mall area, closed its doors there recently.
LighthouseNOW reached out to Lisa Flemming, the general manager for the Bridgewater Mall and Eastside Plaza for confirmation on Value Village's proposed location, however, she did not respond to requests for comment.
Nor did Mark Allen, a vice-president and broker at Real Estate @ 360, who is responsible for retail and commercial properties.
But the real estate company posted on its Facebook page that Value Village has "long been on the wish list for the town and it was several years in the making to get them to decide to locate in town."
The company also indicated it is "somewhat disheartened by the few comments from very misinformed individuals re: what Value Village is all about.
"No one ever said VV is supposed to be a "not for profit" business."
The real estate company went on to explain that Value Village is "a for-profit, global thrift retailer," which accepts local donations while helping to support organizations dealing with such causes as diabetes.
On its website, Value Village notes that its Rethink Reuse business model of purchasing, reselling and recycling gives communities "a smart way to shop and keeps more than 700 million pounds of used goods from landfills each year.
"We also help more than 100 nonprofit organizations by purchasing donated goods from them, which provides a source of revenue to help support their vital community programs and services," the company adds.
Amanda Fancy, the dealer-owner of Gow's Home Hardware told LighthouseNOW recently that she had heard Value Village was coming to Bridgewater, but she noted that Gow's leases its hardware store premises and added she has "no idea" what the landlord's plans are.
She said she was just focusing on her own store's move, which she expected would be sometime this spring.