By Marty Finley – Reporter, Louisville Business First
Apr 29, 2016, 1:37pm EDT
Carter’s Inc., the parent company of Carter’s, Osh Kosh B’Gosh and other baby and children’s apparel brands, plans to open two Louisville locations before the end of the year.
According to the company’s website, Carter’s expects to open its first Louisville store in July at Shelbyville Road Plaza in St. Matthews.
Tommy Edwards, a retail leasing representative with Louisville-based Hagan Properties Inc., which manages leasing for Shelbyville Road Plaza, said Carter’s has signed a lease to take about 5,000 square feet at Shelbyville Road Plaza, where it plans to open a dual-branded Carter’s and Osh Kosh store this summer.
Edwards said the space will need renovation but did not disclose the lease terms or the expected renovation costs.
Carter’s is taking the space formerly occupied by Kiddie Castle Fine Childrens Furniture, which relocated a few months ago to 215 S. Hurstbourne Parkway, near Whittington Parkway.
Edwards said about 22,700 square feet, or 6 percent, of Shelbyville Road Plaza is still available for lease. Quest Outdoors is vacating a nearly 10,000-square-foot space as it consolidates multiple stores into the 25,000-square-foot storefront at Shelbyville Road Plaza once occupied by Borders Books and Music.
Edwards said another vacant space was left by Backyard Birds when it recently relocated elsewhere in the shopping center.
“We have active proposals being negotiated for every vacant space,” Edwards said in an e-mail Friday.
Carter’s, which has an outlet store at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass in Simpsonville, also indicates plans on its website to open a second Louisville location by October at the Springhurst Towne Center at 4141 Town Center Dr. There are no other details about the store on the company’s website, and it was not clear whether this will be a dual-branded store like the one in St. Matthews. I was unable to reach Carter’s officials for comment on the stores or leasing representatives for Springhurst Towne Center.
Carter’s (NYSE:CRI) is headquartered in Atlanta. The company’s brands include Child of Mine, Just One You and Genuine Kids, in addition to Carter’s and Osh Kosh. The company has more than 600 stores.