DEERFIELD – Three furniture and household furnishings retailers have designs on anchoring the Deerbrook Shopping Center at the corner of Waukegan and Lake Cook Roads in Deerfield.
The new stores will include Art Van Furniture, The Dump Luxe Furniture Outlet, and Stein Mart, which features designer clothing, jewelry, household items, furniture and more “for less”.
“We’re looking forward to new furniture stores coming into Deerbrook, as well as others,” said Deerfield Village Manager Kent Street. “It’s a significant investment for the future and we think it’s going to provide desirable goods and services for folks in our area.”
In 2015, Deerbrook received approval of renovations to the north end of the shopping center to permit a new Jewel-Osco store and two new outlet buildings, according to the Plan and Commission website. The renovated Jewel-Osco store opened in July 2017.
“I believe the investment in the Jewel-Osco store inspired Stein Mart and Art Van to come in, which has been a significant gain for us,” said Street.
Street explained the movie theaters and some interior mall space were demolished earlier this year. The Art Van Furniture store should be occupied sometime mid-2018 in the space that previously housed Sports Authority.
Additionally, construction is underway to build a new OfficeMax that will relocate closer to Art Van Furniture. Once OfficeMax vacates its current store, Stein Mart will move into that space. Street said modifications will be made before the space is ready for Stein Mart, but since there will only be minimal structural changes it shouldn’t be a lengthy process. He estimated that both stores will likely open at the end of next year.
Street said all of the stores will face the east side of Deerbrook Shopping Center. “Part of the renovations of taking down the old theater space impacts the common areas of the old interior mall,” he said.
At one point there was a proposal for Sam’s Club to go into the shopping center, but the offer was rescinded. The village board then accepted the Plan Commission’s recommendation that the former Wonder Great Indoors space be occupied by The Dump Luxe Furniture Outlet store on the south end of the shopping center. The Dump Luxe sells furniture, mattresses, bedding and rugs and currently operates in several U.S. cities, including Lombard.
“The Dump Luxe feels very comfortable that they can move into this space with some minor modifications that would take about six months, and is anticipated to open during the second half of next year,” said Street.
Street added that there are still a few remaining retail spaces that have yet to be identified for users. These smaller spaces will be available near the new OfficeMax location.
Street explained why the longtime Deerbrook Mall evolved into Deerbrook Shopping Center.
“We just demolished the mall and part of what hampered other stores coming to the mall was the 1971 configuration of the mall itself,” he said. “It’s not how shopping centers are organized today.”
There was a Marshalls discount retail chain store that was converted into T.J. Maxx, and the Deerfield store closed when T.J. Maxx moved to Northbrook. Street added that T.J. Maxx was the last store that needed the interior mall for access.
The shopping center is owned by a pension fund in California and is managed by RREEF Alternative Investments, the global alternative investment management business of Deutsche Bank’s Asset Management division.