Dunham’s Sports under construction in Burnham

BURNHAM – The site of the former Comet grocery store at the Greater Lewistown Plaza is currently being transformed into a Dunham’s Sports store.

The sporting goods chain, based in Waterford, Mich., has 170 stores in 16 states, according to the company’s website.

On Thursday, construction workers were busy dismantling old heating and ventilation units from the roof, while also renovating the inside of the building.

The property is owned by Moraitis Properties out of Pittsburgh and Maintenance Supervisor for the company Charles Fultz said the target opening date is Nov. 1.

The 40,000-square foot sporting goods store will encompass what was once the Taz Fitness Center and Curves, as well as the Comet grocery store.

“It’s going to be big and beautiful when it’s done,” Fultz said.

Fultz said several local companies are involved with the construction.

The rebuild is being done by an Ohio-based construction company that has experience with these types of projects.

Jason Conner with Summit Construction said he thinks this may be the company’s first time building a Dunham’s Sports, but they have done similar jobs like this one.

Conner said people have been stopping by to talk with workers and they seem excited about the prospect of a large sporting goods store in their community.

“I think the store will do real well here,” Conner said.

Dunham’s website has an extensive list of sporting goods they sell, which includes hunting rifles and accessories, as well as everything from football and baseball equipment to swimming and tennis gear.

Several attempts to contact Dunham’s Sports corporate headquarters in Michigan for comment were unsuccessful.