By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
A new clothing store is coming to Keizer Station – plus another new restaurant.
So far, only the name of the clothing store is being confirmed publicly.
Minnesota-based maurices, a store for women in a variety of sizes, has confirmed it will be coming, but not when.
“We are excited to be part of the community,” said Natalie Greve, assistant vice president for social media and public relations at maurices. “Unfortunately, we don’t have any additional information available about our store opening that we can share at this time.”
Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer, made a reference to maurices coming “soon” to Keizer Station at a recent Keizer Planning Commission meeting.
The store will be located along Keizer Station Boulevard, next to Old Navy. The Keizer Station map shows a building No. 64 in that location. Such a building does not currently exist, but is being built for this purpose.
Jack Steinhauer, director of Development and Acquisitions for Keizer Station owner Donahue Schriber Realty Group, confirmed the news as well.
“Donahue Schriber has signed a lease with maurices,” Steinhauer said. “They will be going in line next to Old Navy. They will be located on the east side of Old Navy, which is an unbuilt building.”
Thomas Fallon from Benner Stange Associates Architects out of Lake Oswego submitted an application to the city on July 15 for a commercial shell at 6194 Ulali Drive NE in Keizer Station. The building is described as an addition, valued at $575,000. The application lists the size as 7,494 square feet in new space.
Fallon referred all questions to Donahue Schriber.
Sam Litke, senior planner for Keizer, only had estimates for timing.
“Plans are to move as quickly as possible,” Litke said. “It will probably not be before the end of this year.”
Of note, plans call for a building with 7,488 square feet. The maurices store would fill 5,088 square feet and be directly next to Old Navy, with a new restaurant filling 2,240 square feet in addition to some outdoor eating space along Keizer Station Boulevard.
Litke noted such growth was part of the original Keizer Station plan.
“It was always part of the plan, to fill up the space,” he said.
The news of maurices coming is not surprising, given the company’s expansion. The company opened its 900th store in the United States and Canada earlier this year in California and currently has stores in 46 states.
According to a press release on the company’s website, the long-term goal is to have 1,200 stores in the U.S. and an additional 100 stores in Canada. There have been 250 stores opened in the past five years.