More places to shop in Paducah this year as new businesses move in

PADUCAH — There will be more places for you to shop in Paducah this year. Kentucky Oaks Mall announced this week that HomeGoods will be moving in to the former Elder Beerman store.

That adds to the list of new stores moving into the mall — including Ross Dress for Less, H&M, and Burlington, the latter of which has already opened.

Burlington occupies part of the former Sears location, and Ross will move into a different part of that space. We have emailed Ross to find out if the retailer have an opening date set for the Paducah store.

Cafaro Company, which owns the mall, says H&M will go into a spot near the Dillard’s Home Store and open this summer.

HomeGoods is planning to open in October.

Locally owned businesses are also finding success in the mall. Farmer’s Daughter Soap Company, Barn and Willow Boutique, and A&A Boutique are all along the food court.

“We ended the year with a bang, and we are going into the new year with an even bigger year,” said A&A assistant manager Lagan Winn. The boutique started in Kentucky Oaks Mall, and it now has stores in Opry Mills mall in Nashville, Tennessee, as well as another store in Paducah on Lone Oak Road.

“I don’t think we will ever leave the mall. We have such loyal customers,” Winn said. She said sales are up, and foot traffic is good. With new stores moving in, she hopes that makes business even better.

While there are stores coming in, there are also stores leaving. Across the mall, you can find empty locations where the stores are long gone.

“We’ve had the normal ebb and flow at the beginning of the year with some tenants leaving,” said property manager Don Ellis. He said they are working to fill the empty storefronts, and he doesn’t think they mean that brick and mortar stores are struggling.

“The retail apocalypse is media hype,” Ellis said.

The vacancies also don’t worry Winn. “It’s sad to see other stores go. We hate that, but it’s exciting to see new stores coming in that Paducah’s never had before.”

She says A&A opened at the mall years ago, and they plan to stay — with hopes that more stores will move in soon.

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