Dick's Sporting Goods, the nation's largest sports and outdoor-gear chain, is planning to open a store in Santa Rosa just south of Coddingtown Mall, on the site of the former Los Robles Lodge.

The company recently signed a lease to occupy a 50,000-square-foot building to be constructed at the intersection of Cleveland and Edwards avenues, Kirstie Moore, development director at Codding Enterprises, confirmed Thursday.

Codding Enterprises' desire to construct a new retail building at the site is no surprise. The company submitted preliminary plans for a retail project to the city earlier this year, but didn't name a tenant.

Moore said the project was "consistent with the neighborhood." The property just south of the mall fronts Highway 101 and backs up to a small apartment complex.

Dick's, a publicly-traded company based in Pittsburgh, has more than 500 stores around the United States. Next year, it plans to open its first Sonoma County store in the East Washington Place shopping center in Petaluma.

The Coddingtown location is expected to open in the first quarter of 2014, Moore said. It will be built by Codding Construction, which is also removing the former Gottschalks building nearby to make way for a Target.

The venerable Los Robles Lodge was an 85-unit hotel and restaurant built in 1962. Long a hot-spot in the city's social scene, it closed in 2006.

Oakland-based developer BayRock Residential first proposed building 80 units of housing, then 102 on the 3.5-acre site. But in the midst of the recession, the city rejected the project with an eye toward preserving the site for a retail project that would someday bring in sales tax revenue.

Codding Enterprises purchased the site in 2010, demolished the vacant building, and began planning to develop it.

You can reach Staff Writer Kevin McCallum at 521-5207 or kevin.mccallum@pressdemocrat.com.