Columbus, Ohio-based footwear retailer DSW Inc. has submitted initial paperwork to occupy the former Borders Books space at 7415 Laguna Blvd. in Elk Grove.
City of Elk Grove spokeswoman Christine Brainerd said the city has made suggestions to DSW's submitted plans. Once resubmitted, the city will review changes as part of the regular approval process.
Placing a retail tenant in the 22,000-square-foot Laguna Boulevard site would account for most of the vacated Borders stores in the Sacramento area.
In February 2011, Borders Group Inc. applied for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and began the process of liquidating more than 200 of its stores nationwide.
Since then, former Borders stores have been filled at 2030 Douglas Blvd. in Roseville (Fresh Market), 2765 E. Bidwell St. in Folsom (Total Wine & More) and 500 First St. in Davis (Whole Foods Market).
The former Borders Books site at 2339 Fair Oaks Boulevard in Sacramento remains vacant.
DSW currently operates 364 stores in 41 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, as well as 346 leased departments for other retailers in the United States. The chain already has three stores in the Sacramento region.
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