FARGO — At Home, a big-box chain specializing in home decor products, is expected to open this fall in the space formerly home to Herberger's in the West Acres Shopping Center.

City of Fargo records show a $3.4 million building permit was issued late last month for an At Home store at 3902 13th Ave. S. in Fargo.

In response to an inquiry Wednesday morning, April 10, Alissa Adams, senior vice president of marketing and business development at West Acres, indicated the permit is for the former Herberger's store, which closed last year. She clarified that the space was sold to W.P. Carey, a real estate investment trust, in 2015, so she could not comment further on the status of the lease agreement.

Traci Combs, a customer care specialist with At Home, confirmed in an email statement that an At Home store was expected to open in Fargo this fall. A request for comment from a W.P. Carey representative had not been returned as of late Wednesday afternoon.

'Home Decor Superstore'

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At Home sells furniture, rugs, wall decor, pillows, bedding and more.

Few details are available about the company on its website, but a Dallas Morning News story published in 2017 reported that the Plano, Texas-based chain was bucking trends recently experienced by many other big-box stores.

"It doesn't sell its merchandise online. Its stores are huge, an average of 120,000 square feet, and it's opening stores, not closing them," the paper reported.

At the time, At Home had 132 stores in 31 states with plans to reach 600. Presently, the closest store to our region appears to be in Blaine, Minn.

In an email, Adams said At Home has had interest in West Acres for some time, but they did not have the space to accommodate their footprint. The space formerly home to Herberger's is approximately 100,000 square feet, according to Forum archives.

Adams said mall shoppers often request home decor and furniture concepts and that At Home would "complement West Acres' current mix of stores and restaurants nicely."

Herberger's history

Founded in 1889, the first Herberger's store opened in Osakis, Minn. The metro area welcomed its first Herberger's to the Moorhead Center Mall in 1983. The Fargo Herberger's opened in West Acres in 1998, when the deLendrecie's store became a Herberger's.

The stores were sold to Bon-Ton in 2006. Strapped for cash, Bon-Ton sold the land and building for six of its stores, including the West Fargo Herberger's, to W.P. Carey in 2015.

Bon-Ton filed for bankruptcy last April and quickly announced that it would close its stores and liquidate its merchandise.

The West Acres store closed in August.