Burlington Coat Factory plans to open in Highland

Shoppers exit the Target store at Highland Grove shopping center, in Highland. Burlington Coat Factory is opening in the outdoor mall.

Bundle up, because Burlington Coat Factory plans to open a big-box store in the Highland Grove shopping center at Indianapolis Boulevard and Main Street in south Highland.

Highland Grove property manager DDR announced on the shopping center's website that the retailer was coming to the outdoor mall, filling the space on the northern end that was once occupied by Tuesday Morning and Catherine's.

In addition to its namesake coats, Burlington offers off-price apparel, shoes, linens and home decor, selling "designer and name-brand merchandise at up to 65 percent off other retailers' prices." That includes almost every kind of coat you can think of, including leather, bombers, peacoats, parkas, anoraks, puffers, ski coats, trench coasts, rain coats, fur coats, wool coats and faux fur coats.

The New Jersey-based retailer operates more than 560 stores nationwide, including in Hobart and Lansing. The department store, which started as a coat wholesaler in 1972, has shuttered nearly 60 locations in recent years as it adjusts to a societal shift away from traditional brick-and-mortar retail to online commerce.

Burlington Coat Factory closed in Century Plaza in Merrillville. It had planned to add a Hammond store next to Aldi Foods in the Gateway Promenade strip center along Indianapolis Boulevard near the Borman Expressway in 2010, but it never came to fruition.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Highland Grove also is home to Target, Kohl's, Michaels, Party City, Ulta, 2nd & Charles, and Best Buy. The shopping center will soon lose Dick's Sporting Goods to the newer Shops on Main just across the street in Schererville.

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