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Ross retail store coming soon to Covington

Covington will soon have a new retail department store. Ross Dress for Less announced it’s arrival through a “coming soon” sign extended across the former Save-A-Lot grocery store building located in the Covington Corners shopping center at the intersection of Elm Street and U.S. Highway 278. (Staff photo: Aimee Jones)

Covington will soon have a new retail department store. Ross Dress for Less announced it’s arrival through a “coming soon” sign extended across the former Save-A-Lot grocery store building located in the Covington Corners shopping center at the intersection of Elm Street and U.S. Highway 278. (Staff photo: Aimee Jones)

COVINGTON – Newton County citizens in need of some retail therapy can soon shop local once Ross Dress for Less opens in Covington.

The retail store announced last week it is “coming soon” with a sign extended above the former Save-A-Lot building. It will open up shop in the Covington Corners shopping center at the intersection of Elm Street and U.S. Highway 278 by late summer, according to county commercial recruiter Dave Bernd.

Bernd said the city didn’t have much involvement in recruiting the retail chain because the retail chains’ broker already placed its sights on Covington.

“I began this job at the tail end of the leasing contract and mostly helped the broker’s decision between two different locations within the city,” Bernd said. “Whether we wanted the store or not, it was coming.”

Bernd was unsure how many jobs the store would bring into the city, but is certain it will make a positive impact in Covington.

“The department store could help keep some of the $56 million in retail from leaking out of the county,” Bernd said. “It will allow individuals that want to shop in Newton County another opportunity to keep those dollars within the county and city, which everyone has been asking for.”

Ross Stores Inc. is a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., with fiscal 2012 revenues of $9.7 billion, according to its website, www.rossstores.com. The company operates Ross Dress for Less, the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States, with 1,112 locations in 33 states, the District of Columbia and Guam as of May 4.

The store offers in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions.