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My, my, how Route 12A in West Lebanon has changed since 1974

For one thing, I can’t recall the last time I saw square dancers in a shopping plaza parking lot.

Rich’s department store, long gone, is now home to Kohls. And across the parking lot, HomeGoods is set to open on Sunday, Sept. 23. That building wasn’t even there yet! Of course, you can find more Upper Valley throwbacks at the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv Instagram.

The Twin State Squares gathered at the West Lebanon Shopping Center on election night — Sept. 10, 1974 — to offer a little entertainment to shoppers and promote their “fun night” at the Hartford School Annex. For square dance enthusiasts, “Chub” Smith will be the caller. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

It’s official: HomeGoods in West Leb is opening Sept. 23

It’s a Sunday, for all you looking at the calendar. And doors will open at 8 a.m.

The news comes little more than a year after we first reported that HomeGoods was on its way. Other bits of information in a news release just sent out by the company:

  • The store is 19,800 square feet.
  • It’s the third store in the Burlington market.
  • They expect to fill 65 full-time and part-time positions.
  • Regular store hours are Monday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.Friday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Special Grand Opening Day hours will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • And in case you live under a rock, we’re talking about the Upper Valley Plaza on Route 12A in West Leb.

Bring on the off-price shopping, y’all. Bring. It. On.

(But actually, more importantly, even when big new box stores come to town … don’t forget to shop local, as well!)

Raise your hand if the dumpster fire behind Home Goods is a metaphor for your life

*raises hand*

Lebanon firefighters bring under control a dumpster fire behind the soon-to-be-opened Home Goods in the Upper Valley Plaza in West Lebanon, N.H., on the afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (Valley News – Maggie Cassidy) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

In case you live downwind of West Lebanon and are wondering what that smoky smell is, a dumpster behind the soon-to-opened Home Goods caught on fire this afternoon and was quickly brought under control by the Lebanon Fire Department. (The video below is from 4 p.m.) No word on the cause yet; we’ll let you know if we learn more.

RELATED: PetSmart, HomeGoods Expected to Open at Route 12A Plaza

Contain your enthusiasm: The new Route 12A Starbucks plans to open this weekend

Coffee lovers, rejoice: The newly built Starbucks on Route 12A is gearing up its grand opening.

The opening is set to take place on Saturday. Workers have been seen in the building this week preparing the site’s interior for its unveiling.

Will you be hitting up Starbucks for your caffeine fix? Tell us below!