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Burlington opens newly relocated big-box store in Hobart this week
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Burlington opens newly relocated big-box store in Hobart this week

Burlington opens newly relocated big-box store in Hobart this week

Burlington opens newly relocated big-box store in Hobart this week.

HOBART — Burlington is opening its newly relocated Hobart big-box store this week.

The off-price retailer, long known as Burlington Coat Factory, is moving from its current location at 2652 E. 79th Ave. in The Crossings of Hobart to 2020 E. Lincoln Hwy. in the Merrillville Plaza, which despite the name is actually in Hobart near the Merrillville border.

The Burlington store near Southlake Mall was previously located in the former Goldblatt's department store at the now mostly vacant Century Plaza Mall in Merrillville until 2010. It then moved to The Crossings at Hobart.

Burlington will open its newly remodeled store with a more spacious layout and wider checkout lanes in the Merrillville Plaza on Friday. It sells women's clothes, menswear, children's apparel, shoes, accessories, home decor, gifts and "everything for baby."

The new store will take coronavirus precautions including signs encouraging social distancing of at least 6 feet, one-way entrances and exits and enhanced cleaning protocols, including frequently disinfecting high-touch areas and offering customers shopping cart wipes. Employees and shoppers will be required to wear face masks, and masks will be provided to any customers who don't have them.

New Jersey-based Burlington Stores, Inc., launched in 1972, selling a wide array of merchandise including coats and women's apparel. It's now a Fortune 500 company with more than 730 stores in 45 states and Puerto Rico. Last year, the company pulled in net sales of $7.3 billion.

The chain also has stores in Lansing and Highland.

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