Outdoors store planned

The site of a former electronics store in Allegheny Township is expected to become an outdoors store.

Representatives for Field & Stream, which opened its first store in August outside Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, told Allegheny Township supervisors on Monday that they want to open a store on the site of the former Circuit City building in Sierra North Plaza.

Field & Stream, a speciality store owned by Dick’s Sporting Goods, is working with an engineer on plans to tear down the building that used to house Circuit City, supervisors Chairman David Burchfield Jr. said, so it can build a new structure. The store is not affiliated with Field & Stream magazine.

The Field & Stream store in Cranberry Township, in addition to a subsequent Field & Stream store that opened in November in northern Kentucky, features vaulted ceilings and hunting lodge decor, including mounted wildlife.

Its merchandise includes products for those interested in hunting, fishing, camping, archery and related pursuits.

“I think everybody is enthusiastic about it,” Burchfield said. “It’s a big plus for the township.”

Supervisor Donald W. Fowkes said he loves the idea.

“It’s great news because Circuit City was there, and then they closed, and nothing has happened since. But now Field & Stream is going to build there, and from what they told us, it’s going to be a big, beautiful building,” Fowkes said.

The Mirror contacted Field & Stream representatives for comment but did not get a response on Monday. When opening the store in northern Kentucky, a company representative acknowledged plans to open 55 stores by 2017.

Burchfield said Field & Stream should face few, if any, obstacles to opening a store in Allegheny Township.

Fowkes agreed and said he understood that the company wants to be ready to open by Thanksgiving.

When Sierra North Plaza was designed in the mid-1990s, that portion of the commercial development was proposed for a larger building than the structures housing Target and the neighboring Circuit City business. Burchfield said that the Field & Stream store, in addition to the existing Target store, will still be smaller than the building in the original plans.

The site has plenty of parking, beyond what Allegheny Township requires.

Field & Stream is also interested in designating parking spaces for RVs, Fowkes said.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.