Heritage Village Mall exterior
The entrance to Dunham's Sports store will be located in the portion of Heritage Village Mall pictured above. Terri Pederson

There will be another big box store in Heritage Village Mall by next December.

Dunham's Sports Store has agreed to lease space in the mall, according to Todd Hedberg, who owns the mall with his father Richard Hedberg, Jeff Kitchen and Dave Fister.

"It will be about 32,000 square feet or about half the size of Boston Store," Hedberg said.

The store will be located directly next to Boston Store which opened in September.

Demolition has already begun in the mall where Dunham's will be located. Part of FYI Zone and the fire wall currently there will be taken down to create the front of Dunham's. FYI Zone has 10 days to decide if they want to stay in the mall.

"Architects are drawing up the plans now," Hedberg said.

There are plans to begin construction to build Dunham's sometime in the next two months.

"We're hoping to open prior to this Thanksgiving," Hedberg said.

Dunham's will be the largest full-line sporting goods store in Beaver Dam. It carries name brand sporting goods, shoes and outerwear by makers such as Nike, Reebok, Under Armor, Adidias, Wilson, Columbia, Rawlings, Brunswick, Levis, Lee, Browning, Callaway, Taylor Made and Woolrich. Dunham's also has technicians trained in racket stringing, bowling ball drilling, mounting gun sites and bow/arrow repair.

"It's a new addition that was needed in the community," Hedberg said. "I don't know how many people would say that you can't buy a mouthpiece for a child unless they travel to Madison, Fond du Lac or Milwaukee."

Hedberg said the great thing about bringing the new businesses to Beaver Dam is adding jobs to the area.

"When Boston Store was built they added 35 additional spots," Hedberg said. "I don't know how many positions Dunham's will create, but there will be new opportunities."

Discussions with Dunham's began about a year ago, Hedberg said, but went slowly in part because of the economy.

"It's exciting for us," Hedberg said.

The owners hope the addition to the mall will encourage others to rent space in the mall.

Hedberg said they have begun talking to an arts and craft retailer and a costume store that may be interested in being in the mall for a short-term basis.

Hedberg said he also hopes Beaver Dam Senior Center will move forward with a plan to relocate to the former Herberger's Store space.