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Preparations Underway for Runnings Store

Created: 02/04/2014 10:49 PM KAALtv.com
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 News) --  Workers are inside the new Runnings store in Austin, and they gave ABC 6 a look inside the business taking over the former K-Mart building.

The retailer Runnings will soon move into the building that's been vacant for nearly three and a half years.  Officials there said when they first arrived the ceiling was sagging and the tile floors were coming apart. The store has come a long way since then, but they say there's still work to be done.

"We have to finish up getting the place fixtured, and then obviously fill those shelves up with merchandise so we'll be busy right until the end trying to get everything done and get the place looking nice," Runnings Manager Everett Hackensmith said.

The store's manager said they hope to open sometime during the first week of April and expect to hire around 50 new employees before opening day.