ITHACA, N.Y. — The national retail apocalypse is in full swing, but it isn’t all bad news in Tompkins County. Discount home furnishings store HomeGoods is planning to open a new store in Ithaca.

The new store will be located in the former Michael’s space at the Tops Plaza at 614 South Meadow Street. A press release from DLC Management states that the lease for 24,867 square-feet of space was finalized in January.

Founded in 1992 and based out of Massachusetts, HomeGoods has been in expansion mode in recent years, announcing last year that the chain would add 100 more stores to its nearly 600-store portfolio. It is a sister store chain to clothing retailers Marshall’s and TJ Maxx, and in some cases, more than one store can be found under the same roof.

While perhaps not under the same roof, in August 2015 TJ Maxx moved from Lansing and into a renovated space just down the street at 744 South Meadow Street (part of the old KMart space at South Meadow Square). A description of the store chain provided on Wikipedia states “(t)he retailer specializes in name brand furniture, linens, cooking products, art and other home accessories offered at decent prices. Seasonal decorations are also offered at discount prices.”

While this would be the first HomeGoods store in Tompkins County, the chain is present across Upstate New York. Multiple locations can be found in suburban Rochester and Syracuse, as well as the nearest location, in the Binghamton suburb of Vestal.

The retail space at the Tops Plaza has been vacant since 2016, when Michael’s arts and crafts store opted to move to Lansing and into the former A.C. Moore space at the Shops at Ithaca Mall. Separately, work continues on a pair of new retail spaces (14,744 square-feet and 7,315 square-feet) on either end of the South Meadow Square property owned by Benderson Development, and a new 3,200 square-foot strip retail addition was submitted to the Ithaca city planning board last month. No tenants have been announced for those spaces.

Brian Crandall

Brian Crandall reports on housing and development for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached at bcrandall@ithacavoice.com.