Bethany Clough

Retail Therapy: Shopping update for everyone from bargain hunters to brides

The newly opened Sportsman’s Warehouse carries gear for hunters, campers and people who fish, but also casual clothing and shoes for women, men and children. Pictured are plaid button-down Carhartt shirts for women.
The newly opened Sportsman’s Warehouse carries gear for hunters, campers and people who fish, but also casual clothing and shoes for women, men and children. Pictured are plaid button-down Carhartt shirts for women. THE FRESNO BEE

From camouflage to wedding gowns, this week’s shopping update has news for all kinds of shoppers.

Let’s start with the newly opened Sportsman’s Warehouse. It is mostly geared toward people who spend a lot of time in the woods with fishing poles and guns. But there’s a surprising amount of shopping to be had at the store if you’re not into those things, too.

The store opened a few weeks back in a new development called Park Crossing at Friant Road and Fresno Street.

If you really want to buy a camouflage tankini swimsuit, you can.

Along with all the camouflage clothing for hunters, there’s Under Armour sports bras, tops and shorts for whatever sweaty activity women are into. Carhartt, the brand known for its work wear, sells clothing for women here too, including casual plaid blue and purple button-down shirts. And if you really want to buy a camouflage tankini swimsuit, you can.

The extensive shoe section includes sneakers, casual sandals and hiking sandals for women with brands such as Merrell and KEEN. And there’s sandals, hiking boots and the occasional pink cowboy boots for kids.

There are more kid-friendly items here too, including bug jars and learn-to-whittle kits. Kid-sized fishing poles come in Spider-Man and several Disney princess themes, including a Frozen version.

Anna’s Linens

The bedding, bath and home store Anna’s Linens has filed banktruptcy and is closing all its stores. It’s not clear when the stores will close yet, but as of last week the River Park store had started a 20% to 40% off store and still had plenty left on the shelves.

The store shelves themselves — and other fixtures — are also for sale.

Anna’s has at least six stores in the Fresno-Clovis area and 252 stores nationwide.

American Vintage Thrift

One of the cluster of thrift stores on Van Ness Avenue in downtown Fresno is closing.

American Vintage Thrift, at 727 Van Ness Ave., is selling everything in the store — clothes, blankets, towels, etc. — for 99 cents each to clear out the inventory.

A lot of people come in looking for furniture.

Manuel Flores, American Vintage Thrift

But there won’t be an empty space left behind. Plans call for the store to reopen under the same owner selling thrifted furniture.

Customers frequently come in looking for it, says manager Manuel Flores.

Thrift Mart next door, under the same ownership, will remain open. So will Vintage Voola, which typically opens over the holidays.

Ross

The “coming soon” sign is up at the Ross Dress for Less in the Trading Post Shopping Center at Herndon and Clovis avenues.

Soon is a relative term as the inside of the former CVS store Ross will take over is still empty. The company doesn’t have an opening date yet, but the developer has said that the first businesses in the revamped shopping center would open in early 2016.

Work has already started on the Trading Post Shopping Center’s renovation and and more shade trees will be added.

The sign had some people buzzing last week about what else was coming to the center, so here’s a recap.

Sprouts Farmers Market will take over the old Save Mart spot and Pieology and Skechers shoes are also headed for the center.

Madeleine’s Bridal

Madeleine’s Bridal is still selling wedding gowns and other dresses out of its 457 Pollasky Ave. store in Old Town Clovis.

But expect to see more happening soon a few doors down in the breezeway of the Dewitt building at 453 Pollasky.

Madeleine’s already has a menswear shop there that will be reinvigorated in coming months. The space next door which used to house Revival 23 before it moved across the hall, will also soon be home to Madeleine’s dresses.

The spot held a sale there recently, but will eventually become Madeleine’s Last Good Buys. It will sell discounted bridesmaid, party and prom dresses and other items for brides to be. Expect to see the stores up and running by Sept. 1.

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough

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