Ross Dress for Less to open 3rd Clark County store

first_imgPreviously: Ross Dress for Less operates at locations near Westfield Vancouver mall and at the Hazel Dell Crossing retail center.What’s new: A third Clark County store is planned at the former Best Buy location in the Columbia Crossing retail complex at Columbia Tech Center.What’s next: Construction is expected to start in spring for a 2014 store opening.An east Vancouver building that formerly housed a Best Buy store will soon be transformed into a Ross Dress for Less.The Pleasanton, Calif.-based discount clothier will begin this spring to refurbish the roughly 30,000-square-foot space within the Columbia Crossing retail center at Southeast 164th Avenue and Mill Plain Boulevard. Ross’s signed lease fills up the last large-store vacancy in the center, said Peter Bechen, president and chief executive officer of Portland-based PacTrust, which owns and manages the Columbia Crossing as part of the larger Columbia Tech Center development.With its third Vancouver store, Ross Dress for Less will take over a space that was a Best Buy store until it closed in 2012 as part of a companywide move that shuttered 50 underperforming sites across the United States.Best Buy once had two big-box stores in Clark County. The electronics retailer’s Hazel Dell Towne Center store closed in 2008.The chain operates stores at nearby Portland malls — Jantzen Beach Supercenter and Cascade Station in sales-tax-free Oregon.But unlike Best Buy, which stands to sell more of its big-ticket items in a sales-tax-free environment, Ross Dress for Less features “off prices.”That means the store’s discounted women’s, men’s and children’s brand-name apparel, shoes and home accessories are generally priced 20 to 60 percent lower than at department stores.last_img read more