A mega-retailer has finally announced the date of its Hudson Valley grand opening which will include a storewide treasure hunt.

We told you last month that work was being done at the old Modell's Sporting Goods location at the Poughkeepsie Plaza Mall on Route 9. The renovations come just three years after a massive 13.5 million dollar transformation of the old mall to accommodate the addition of a huge TJ Maxx and Homegoods store.

The Poughkeepsie Plaza has now become a bargain-shopping mecca that also includes Marshall's and Burlington Coat Factory, which has taken over the old Toys R' Us location at the southern end of the strip mall.

Now, another brand in the TJ Maxx family is moving into the same plaza. The company's outdoor gear brand, Sierra, will be opening its doors by the end of the month and is promising to offer outdoor gear and clothes at a huge discount.


Sierra Trading Post has been around since 1986 when it started out as a small, mail-order company. After embracing E-commerce early on, the business became one of the first successful online retailers, eventually opening up a few brick-and-mortar locations across the country.  TJX, the parent company of TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Homegoods and Homesense acquired the brand in 2012 and began rolling out locations across the country.

Store manager Karen Dolan says Sierra's Poughkeepsie location will officially open this Saturday, October 29. Customers will be allowed inside starting at 8am after a 7:45am ribbon-cutting ceremony. Those who are lucky enough to be one of the first ones through the door will be able to participate in a storewide treasure hunt. Dolan says that Sierra gift cards will be hidden throughout the store for lucky customers to find.

In addition to the treasure hunt, first-day shoppers will also be treated to giveaways including reusable shopping bags, frisbees, reusable water bottles and more. There will also be a DJ spinning music throughout the day.

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Sierra is also giving back to the community by presenting a $10,000 check to Habitat for Humanity. Dolan says it's part of the company's mission to not only offer discount outdoor gear but also be an active partner in helping the community.

A Look Inside Abandoned Ames Department Store in NY

Ames Department stores were once prevalent throughout the United States, including here in the Capital Region and other parts of New York. At one time, there were about 700 stores nationwide.

I remember buying my first DVD player at the store in Latham when it was having its going out of business sale in the early 2000's. That location is now a Hobby Lobby.

In 2002, there were between 300 and 400 stores. The company was declining in sales and shut down operations permanently.

This former store is located in Horseheads, NY, in the state's Southern Tier between Elmira and the Finger Lakes. What makes it unique is the fact that sign and external design of the store still remain. In fact, the power still works in the building - as these urban explorers found out when they were making their way through the building.

Inside the store, not much retail history remains, though there are some colorful counters and maybe the remains of some signs on the floor. It also appears some squatters may have been calling it home at some point.

As expected, floor tiles are deteriorating, ceiling tiles are non-existent, there's garbage and debris, but neatly piled into different areas, so somebody is keeping an eye on it. Graffiti is seen in different parts of the former store as well.

It looks like some work may have been done on the facility in the past as it looks 'relatively' clean for a store that's been abandoned for around twenty years.

WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.

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