October 2, 2022

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Burlington leaving Corpus Christi’s Sunrise Mall, moving to Moore Plaza

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. 

The front of Corpus Christi's lone Burlington store as seen on June 23, 2021. It will move to Moore Plaza in the fall after more than 30 years at Sunrise Mall.

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

Contractors for San Antonio-based R.K. Hoover Construction work inside the Moore Plaza storefront where Stein Mart once operated. Burlington plans to take over the space after announcing it would relocate to the shopping center after more than 30 years at Sunrise Mall.

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.

The interior of Sunrise Mall has closed. The mall is located at the intersection of Airline Road and South Padre Island Drive.

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.
A Facebook post announcing Sunrise Mall's closed interior.

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.