Changes at old Hen House at Merriam Town Center — 1 discount retailer open, 1 under construction

Ross Dress for Less Merriam

Ross Dress for Less, a discount department store chain, is under construction at Merriam Town Center. It's taking over the half of the old Hen House Market at 5800 Antioch Road. The other half is now occupied by a discount furniture store, which opened late last year. Above, ongoing construction at Merriam Town Center.

Construction of a new Ross Dress for Less, a national discount clothing retailer, is underway at Merriam Town Center.

Why it matters: The department store chain is taking over half of the former Hen House Market at 5800 Antioch Road.

When Hen House closed in 2018, it left the city of Merriam without a grocery store.

Background: The former grocery store sat vacant for years until two retailers, including Ross Dress for Less, came into the picture last year.

Bob’s Discount Furniture announced plans to occupy the north half of the former grocery store in early 2021. Bob’s opened in September after months of renovations.

Ross Dress for Less announced its new Merriam location — which will take over the south half of the old Hen House —in September 2021.

What’s next: City documents from November 2021 show Ross Dress for Less anticipates an early summer 2022 opening.

Neither Ross Dress for Less nor Site Centers, the real estate company that owns Merriam Town Center, immediately responded to a request for comment for this story.