Richmond Centre put up its main entrance marquee on Sunday.

Its first large store, JCPenney, is set to open in less than six weeks, Sept. 27, said Bill Birkenmeier, the store manager.

Goody’s, to be located next to JCPenney, also will open in September, “probably ahead of JCPenney,” said Charles Thrift, national leasing agent for Crosland LLC of Charlotte, N.C.

Richmond Centre is a joint venture of Crosland and Carolina Holdings of Greenville, S.C.

Both JCPenney and Goody’s, which have been Richmond Mall anchors since it opened in September 1988, are conducting liquidation sales.

“JCPenney will have all new merchandise for the fall and winter seasons when we open,” Birkenmeier said.

“We will employ about 120 people, either full- or part-time, about twice what we employ now,” Birkenmeimer said.

“We’ve already hired about everybody we’ll need and have them in training, he said.”

The store, which will be slightly more than twice the size of JCPenney Richmond Mall store, will begin a grand opening celebration Oct. 3, he said.

The Richmond Centre marquee also lists Belk, Dress Barn, TJ Maxx, Hastings and Cinemark.

Belk will not open until March 2009, Thrift said.

Hastings Entertainment and the other retailers listed on the marquee should open sometime in October, he said, with the 12-screen Cinemark to open in November.

Other retailers will be in the 120-acre development, but the entry marquee lists only anchors, Thrift said. Rack Room Shoes will be among the smaller retailers.

One of two freestanding anchors, Meijer and Home Depot, earlier this year announced changes in their plans.

Meijer, which was previously scheduled to open before April 2009, now plans to open in spring of 2010, according to Crosland senior vice president Tim Sittema.

Home Depot has purchased its building site, but spokesperson Sarah Molinari said in April the company was “re-evaluating its options” for the Richmond site.

Restaurants announced for Richmond Centre out parcels include Olive Garden, Logan’s Roadhouse, Chick-Fil-A and Culver’s. All but Olive Garden have had their development plans approved by the Richmond Planning Commission. Olive Garden’s plan was reviewed by the commission’s technical advisory committee July 1, but it did not go before the full commission.

Thrift said the plan was being revised.

Bill Robinson can be reached at brobinson@richmondregister.com or at 623-1669, Ext. 267.

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