Burlington Coat Factory to open Thursday in Capitola Mall

Capitola, CA – Burlington Coat Factory will open a store, its first in the county, in the Capitola Mall on 41st Avenue Thursday.

The national retail chain, which has more than 450 stores in 45 states, is taking over the 6,000-square-foot space in the Sears wing vacated by Halloween Spirit.

The store, which will employ 13 people, will carry designer and brand name women’s and men’s coats, but not the shoes or children’s coats found in its larger stores. Sandra Gamboa, the store manager, previously worked in the Gilroy location.

Until now, local fans of Burlington Coat Factory had to drive to Gilroy or Eastridge in San Jose.

The Capitola store is a temporary location known an a “pop-up,” closing at the end of February.

“It’s a win-win,” said Lisa Porter, business development manager at the mall, which is owned by Macerich. “The retailer tests the market. We get to lease space.”