On South Faculty Street, new retailer on technique to former Dick’s Sporting Items spot

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A new tenant is coming to a former Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Wilmington.

National flooring retailer Floor & Decor will soon be occupying the more than 51,000-square-foot, free-standing building at 816 S. College Road., according to a news release from TradeMark Properties.

Brian Grabowski, senior vice president of Raleigh-based commercial real estate firm TradeMark Properties, represented property owner Winwil Realty in the long-term lease to Floor & Decor.

The building became available when the South College Road Dick’s relocated to Independence Mall.

“With this property’s high-traffic location, we had tons of interest in this space,” Grabowski said in the release. “We worked with many prospects that wanted to take a third or two-thirds of the building but ultimately, we decided on this full building user.

“It’s a great placement for Floor & Decor given the proximity to other home improvement retailers as well as furniture stores.”

Founded in 2000, Floor & Decor is headquartered in Atlanta and operates stores in more than 30 states. Both homeowners and professional contractors have access to the store’s selection, which includes an assortment of in-stock, hard-surface flooring, at warehouse prices.

Renovations of the South College Road space have begun, according to the release, and Floor & Decor is expected to open this summer.

In addition to his work with Winwil Realty for over 20 years, Grabowski was part of the listing team that brought Academy Sports to Wilmington on Market Street, the release stated.