New businesses to celebrate Dover openings


DOVER — NASCAR isn’t the only thing coming to town next weekend.

A new store, a relocated business and the opening of a new restaurant will all take place over the course of the next seven days around Dover.

A 55,046-square-foot Burlington store, as well as a bigger Big Lots store, will be celebrating their grand opening on Friday as neighbors in the Capital Commons shopping center at 515 North U.S. 13 in Dover, in front of Towne Point.

Outback Steakhouse will be opening on Monday, Oct. 3, at the Dover Towne Center, located at 1574 North U.S. 13. The restaurant will have around 85 employees and will be able to seat more than 200 people.

Big Lots is relocating from its former location on North State Street to what was formerly the long-time home of a Kmart in Dover.

Big Lots sells a wide range of brand-name items, including furniture and mattresses, seasonal and patio, grocery and consumables, as well as a wide range of home goods.

Meanwhile, Burlington is a national off-price retailer. Departments include ladies’ dresses, suits, sportswear, juniors, accessories, menswear, family footwear and children’s clothing.

It also includes an assortment of furniture and accessories for baby at Baby Depot, home decor and gifts, along with a huge selection of coats for the entire family.

“We are thrilled to open a new Burlington in the Dover community, bringing even more jobs to the neighborhood and providing local residents with a valued shopping experience,” said Tom Kingsbury, chairman and CEO of Burlington Stores.

Big Lots will be opening at 9 a.m. on Friday and will be offering giveaways Friday and Saturday as well as scratch and win coupons for up to $100 off merchandise to the first 50 customers each day throughout the weekend.

Burlington, which has hired around 75 associates for its Dover location, will be celebrating its grand opening with a ribbon cutting at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Additionally, on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., customers are invited to a day of family fun at Burlington. The first 500 customers will receive a free tote and there will be opportunities for gift card giveaways, face painting, popcorn and more.

“It’s all about family,” said Maryanne Cadmus, Burlington’s regional vice president for Maryland and Delaware. “We have everything for the entire family which is really terrific. It’s not just about coats. The whole family comes in and shops for everything they need from clothing to everything they need for their home.

“Actually, it’s all about community. We have such great product and value and we’re a very caring company, it’s a great organization and I think people know that and they love us for our value and our great customer service.”

Outback Steakhouse will become the latest tenant, and only restaurant, to join the Dover Towne Center, which is located at the former site of the Walmart store that closed in October 2011 when it opened a new supercenter store two miles north near Cheswold.

Besides Outback Steakhouse, tenants of the Dover Towne Center include Ross, Petco, Five Below, Ulta Beauty, Shoe Carnival and an OshKosh B’gosh.

Outback will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce at 10:45 a.m. on Oct. 3.

The restaurant will also be hosting a Give Back Event honoring the Food Bank of Delaware from 11 a.m. until closing at 10 p.m. on its opening day. A portion of the day’s sales will go directly to the organization.

Outback Steakhouse will feature a new “Modern Australia” building design with decor that mirrors the indigenous flora and fauna, adventure, geography and leisure of modern day Australia both inside and out.

Guests will also be able to enjoy a spacious, energetic bar area that includes two community tables. The new bar will feature customized seating and furnishings as well.

Next week will offer another chance to witness the positive growth of business in the city, said Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen,

“I want to thank the [Central Delaware] Chamber of Commerce because we have a great partnership for selling Kent County and Central Delaware,” Mayor Christiansen said. “We work tirelessly every day to make sure that everyone in the rest of the world knows that Kent County is the place to be.”

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