Skechers to open first Chattanooga store at Hamilton Place

Staff photo by Mike Pare / A woman walks into a planned Skechers store at Hamilton Crossing that's slated to open early next month.

Popular footwear retailer Skechers plans to open its first Chattanooga store next month adjacent to Hamilton Place mall.

The company is remaking the former LifeWay Christian Store space at Hamilton Crossing next to the mall with plans for an Aug. 2 opening, said Taylor Bostwick, the marketing director for Hamilton Place.

"It's part of the ongoing addition of new stores, new offerings," Bostwick said.

California-based Skechers is leasing 8,129 square feet in the former location of LifeWay, which earlier this summer closed its last Chattanooga store as it plans to shut its brick-and-mortar stores nationally.

Bostwick said Skechers is readying to open for the start of school, and that's why building and mall owner CBL Properties was able to fill the space so quickly.

"I don't think they're doing a huge overhaul," she said.