Runnings is purchasing one of Mitchell's largest available retail locations, with plans to expand and move its business across Burr Street.
The Minnesota-based farm and outdoor retailer announced Wednesday that it has purchased the vacant Kmart store at 1313 Burr St. A purchase price has not been announced.
“Campbell Supply, and now Runnings, has been part of the retail environment in Mitchell since 1957,” said Dan Herrmann, Runnings COO, in a statement. “We’re excited to be in Mitchell and expand our selection of products and brands to meet the ever-increasing demand from our customers.”
Since Kmart closed in 2016, the building has been vacant and has been owned by GFI Mitchell Investments, a Utah-based holding company. Runnings bought the former Campbell Supply business in late 2019 and turned over the Mitchell location at 1400 Burr St. to Runnings' branding on Sept. 1, 2020. The acquisition of Campbells' added seven stores to the more than 50 stores owned and operated by Runnings, including in Vermillion, two stores in Sioux Falls, Madison, Sturgis, and Rock Rapids, Iowa.
In addition to a large selection of home, farm and outdoor goods, the new 94,881 square-foot store will sell an expanded assortment of sporting goods, clothing, footwear, pet supplies, along with more parking space. A timeline for the move has not been announced.
The existing store employs approximately 45 full and part-time employees. Additional employees will be hired at a later date to help run the new store, Runnings said.
Since the acquisition of Campbell's Supply, Runnings has been aggressive with renovations and new stores in the communities with former Campbell's locations. It is building new stores in Madison and Vermillion and renovated a former Kmart building on East 10th Street in Sioux Falls in 2020 and moved Runnings into that building.
It is the latest turn in a long history of movement involving the two buildings. Kmart made the move into the 1313 S. Burr St. location in 1991, moving from across the street, similar to how Runnings will move. Menards came to Mitchell and replaced Kmart in the mid-1990s, and when Menards moved south of the interstate in 2002, Campbell's later moved from a location on North Main Street into its current location on the east side of Burr Street.