The 126,000-square-foot store carries more than 50,000 home accessory items.

PALM BEACH GARDENS — Limber up, Palm Beach County.

The 126,000-square-foot home décor superstore At Home has made its South Florida debut.

The Texas-based retailer opened its doors Wednesday morning in the former Gander Mountain site behind Home Depot on Northlake Boulevard, carrying more than 50,000 home accessory items including furniture, garden, home textiles, housewares, patio, rugs, bed and bath, seasonal décor and wall décor.

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It is one of 193 At Home stores nationwide and seven in Florida. The other Florida stores are in Kissimmee, Lutz, Orange Park, Clermont, Orlando and Lake Mary.

"As we strategically grow our national footprint, we are excited to open our first store in the West Palm Beach market," At Home Chairman and CEO Lee Bird said. "Our vast selection of on-trend styles is winning over home décor customers who want it all: value, variety and an inspiring, hands-on shopping experience."

At Home stores are unique for their warehouse layout, Palm Beach Gardens store director Donna Stevens said, adding that on average, 400 new products arrive each week.

The Palm Beach Gardens store carries 50 different patterns of patio cushions, more than 5,000 pieces of art and over 5,000 rugs, Stevens said. There are 12 aisles of lamps and lamp shades, and another dozen aisles of pillows plus rows and rows of items like candles, bar stools, patio chairs, cookware, bedding and holiday decorations.

"At Home strives to have the widest selection of home décor items, and we are dedicated to inspiring you to refresh, play and experiment with home décor that reflects your unique personality and style,” Stevens said. "We welcome everyone to come in, explore our newest store and find endless decorating possibilities for every room in your home for your budget.”

Jan Massey and Sandy Ramirez, both of Wellington, visited the store Wednesday afternoon and picked up outdoor patio cushions.

They said they were impressed with the variety of merchandise sold at the store.

"There's so much of a selection here, of every different category of homewares," Ramirez said. "It's almost overwhelming because there's so much."

Dan and Susan Rizzi of Jupiter purchased outside wall art during their visit to the store Wednesday afternoon. They had been looking for artwork that featured a sun, and they found it at At Home.

"There are massive amounts of different things here," Dan Rizzi said. "So far the prices are reasonable."

Others thought they were a bit high.

"I'm a little disappointed, because the prices are a little higher than I thought," said a shopper who declined to give her name. "It's approximately the same price as Target, but higher than Home Goods. I expected something cheaper, because it's such a huge store. When it's big, usually it's cheaper because there's more volume."

At Home does not offer online ordering, but its website does provide shoppers with the opportunity to see a large sampling of the selection found in stores. For information, visit www.athome.com.

A 'new store' open house is scheduled for May 25 beginning at 9 a.m. The first 50 people in line will receive an At Home gift card, Stevens said. Shoppers also can sign up for At Home Insider Perks.

Regular hours will be 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

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