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New Sporting Goods Store Planned For Old Joplin High School "Mall Location"

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Joplin, MO -

A new store that is set to open holds a career fair for 60 new jobs.  The career fair was held inside Joplin's Northpark Mall, at a specific location that may bring back memories to many Four Staters.

This new store advances Joplin's success in more ways than one.

Excitement builds around the new store in Joplin.

"It's a great thing for the mall.  It's a great thing for the community," says Joan Ghani, general manager for Northpark Mall.

"When something gets vacated, I like to see something come in," says Joplin resident Stephanie Cook.

"I know some people who are looking for jobs, and this would be a great opportunity," says Cook.

But Cook knows there's so much more than a new store set to open soon at the mall.  Go back far enough in Joplin's history, and you'll see the future home of Dunham's sporting goods store used to be a Venture store in the late '80's and early '90's.  Then, the building was a Shopko until around 2001.  But many Four Staters say the building's most iconic tenant came from a disaster in 2011.

"I thought it was pretty awesome," says Cook.

Junior and senior high school students called this part of Northpark Mall home, after a tornado destroyed Joplin's high school.  It was a place of much-needed educational opportunity.  Joplin High School moved into its new, permanent building in August of 2014.

"I was only here for six months of their term, but I still refer to it as the high school," says Ghani.

Dunham's Sports now offers the opportunity for a new place to work, not to mention shop---both helping the local economy.  The business is hiring for 60 new full and part-time positions.  It may be hard for future shoppers at Dunham's to imagine the space as a fully-functional, state-of-the-art place of learning.  But come November, when Dunham's is slated to open, talk to shoppers like Cook, who will say the store is all part of Joplin's strength, resilience, and success.

"A place like this could provide an area where all the high school students could come," says Cook.

Dunham's:  A place where soon, you'll be able to practice math again...at the checkout.

The career fair is now over, but if you're still interested in applying, you can visit Northpark Mall's and Dunham's websites.  The 60 open positions include management roles.

Dunham's will occupy the entire 80,000 square foot building.

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