Big Retailers Ready To Open In Payson

Crews recently put up the Big Lots sign in the Rim Country Shopping Center where PetSmart also plans to open a new store in March. Big 5 opened a new store in the same center in November.

Crews recently put up the Big Lots sign in the Rim Country Shopping Center where PetSmart also plans to open a new store in March. Big 5 opened a new store in the same center in November. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Getting ready to hoist the O in Lots! John Goodacre, left and Carlos Mundo latch their safety harnesses before raising the crane bucket of the Action Sign and Lighting truck.

Work to open two new big box stores in Payson is well under way.

The Rim Country Shopping Center will be nearly full when Big Lots and PetSmart open in the next few months.

They’re following close behind Big 5 Sporting Goods, which opened in November.

Big Lots should open Feb. 22 followed by PetSmart opening on March 17, said Andy Seleznov with the Tucson-based property management firm Larsen Baker, LLC.

Big Lots will open in a space once partly occupied by Payson Athletic Club. The club closed in April and construction crews quickly went to work expanding the space to make room for Big Lots, which required 30,000 square feet, Seleznov said.

Big Lots reportedly signed a 10-year lease and has put up now hiring signs.

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