Dick's Sporting Goods coming to Visalia in October

A Dick's Sporting Goods location will be opening in Visalia in October.A Dick's Sporting Goods location will be opening in Visalia in October.National athletic retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods will open a Visalia location along Mooney Boulevard this fall. 

Dick’s pulled a $3.8 million building permit to renovate the former Food Co. location near the intersection of Mooney Boulevard and Caldwell Avenue. The project is expected to be completed in October.

Part of the plans required tearing down about 9,000-10,000 square feet of the 50,000 square-foot building.

“Some of shopping space was kind of stuck in the back and hidden,” said James Sanders of Paynter Realty who is managing the project. “At the end of the day, it was a better use of land to bring in Dick’s.”

Sanders said the arrival of Dick’s, which will be located across the street from the Sequoia Mall Shopping Center, will strengthen the retail sector of town.

“Mooney Boulevard is the main retail corridor in Visalia and it had its share of vacancy with the former Costco center and this center,” Sanders said. “Those big box stores have been vacant for a while and now there is a lot of positive movement.”