After nearly 30 years at Sunrise Mall, Burlington is the latest business slated to leave the shuttered shopping center.
The discount retail store is slated to relocate less than a mile away to Moore Plaza from sometime this fall.
A city of Corpus Christi building permit was issued May 12 for renovations at a leased property for “Burlington Coat Factory at Moore Plaza,” at 5425 S. Padre Island Dr. The renovations of the 28,229-square-foot space have a valuation of $958,667, according to the permit.
A store employee on Wednesday confirmed plans to move, when contacted by the Caller-Times. It will occupy space that once belonged to Stein Mart, a discount retailer that announced in August it would close hundreds of its stores after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The Caller-Times also has reached out to Burlington’s corporate office for more details.
The shop moved into Sunrise Mall, at 5858 S Padre Island Dr., in November 1992. The space was previously occupied by Frost Bros.
Burlington, also known as Burlington Coat Factory, is one of many businesses that have vacated the mall at South Padre Island Drive and Airline Road. The most recent departure was the closure of Wilcox Furniture in May.
Other shops, eateries and retailers have bolted in recent years from the mall. The mall’s interior went dark, its entrances locked, in March 2019, leaving only the anchor stores, which own their own storefronts.
Sunrise Mall went into bankruptcy in 2011. Sunrise Corpus Christi LLC took over the deed for the mall from Premier Tierra Holdings, Inc. in November 2016, according to the Nueces County Appraisal District.
Burlington, like Freedom Fitness, Planet Fitness and New Life Church, owns its own portion of the property and has its own entrances.
What becomes of Sunrise Mall?
Sunrise experienced an exodus of departures in recent years:
- War & Peace Ltd., the unique military souvenir emporium, shut down in the fall 2018;
- Cinemark Dollar Cinema, January 2018; Word of the theater’s demise inspired hundreds of mall fans to organize a walk there, in hopes of recapturing its 1980s nostalgia.
- Tide Dental, May 2018, relocated to Gulfway Shopping Center, a strip mall directly across the street from mall;
- Chelsea’s Pub and Grill, June 2018; The tavern also had hopes of sparking enthusiasm from fans of the 1980s, with live music, karaoke and a variety of bar foods.
- Sears closed its doors in December 2019. It was one of the few tenants that owned its storefront.
Sunrise Mall history
Nov. 1, 1979 — A groundbreaking is at Airline Road and South Padre Island Drive.
Feb. 4, 1981 — The grand opening is held for the $30 million, 600,000-square-foot building. Major tenants include department stores Joske’s, Sears and Frost Bros.
April 30, 1982 — Paramount Group Inc. purchases Sunrise from Jim Wilson Jr. of Alabama, who owned and developed the mall. The mall operates under Paramount’s corporate affiliate Sunrise Mall Associates Ltd.
October 1984 — Several scenes, including a chase down the escalators, are filmed for the movie “The Legend of Billy Jean.”
August 1987 — Joske’s department store closes after the purchase of the company by Dillard’s. Montgomery Ward moves into the vacated space in November.
Feb. 21, 1988 — A celebration is held to mark the completion of a $20 million expansion and renovation. The expansion adds more than 330,000 square feet of retail space plus space for Mervyns department store, Dollar Cinema, two parking garages and a nautical-themed food court.
December 2000 — Montgomery Ward corporate headquarters announces it will file for bankruptcy and close all of its stores.
October 2007 — Wilcox Furniture moves into the space vacated by Montgomery Ward.
May 6, 2008 — Having already avoided possible foreclosure earlier in the year, mall owner Corpus Sunrise LLP files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and avoids a foreclosure auction.
Sept. 2, 2008 — IBC purchases the property at foreclosure auction for $6.5 million.
November 2009 — Anchor store Stein Mart announces it is leaving the mall for Moore Plaza.
November 2011 — Mall goes on the auction block, scheduled for a Dec. 10 bid date.
November 2016 — Nueces County Appraisal District records show Sunrise Corpus Christi LLC took over the deed for the mall from Premier Tierra Holdings, Inc.
August 2019 — Mo-Pat Sunrise Mall, a limited liability corporation, takes over the mall’s deed, appraisal district records show.
Source: Caller-Times archives
Caller-Times Lead Coach Chris Ramirez contributed to this report.
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