Gordmans opens to a crowd on Thursday.
There is a new store in town and shoppers lined up two hours before it opened on Friday.
Shoppers limned up as early as 7 a.m., to be one of the first in the door at Gordmans’, located in the old goody’s store at 405 Park Ln.
As many as 170 shoppers were in a line that stretched past a nearby shoe store when the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce, chamber members and store employees held a ribbon cutting ceremony just before opening the doors to members of the public.
Store manager Danielle Mick the Chillicothe store is one of 36 stores opened in June and one of 150 that will open by the end of 2019.
“We are very excited to be here and excited to show the Chillicothe community what's Gordmans’ is all about,” Mick said.
Chillicothe Mayor Theresa kelly was on hand and welcomed the new retailer to town. “I am so excited to have Gordmans’ here in Chillicothe,” she said. “It is always exciting when a new business opens, but especially a retail business. I have loved Gordmans’ for 20 years and am so excited that there is one in our town now.”
As part of Gordmans’ commitment to public education in towns where they are located, Mick, on behalf of Gordmans' present Chillicothe High School Principal Dan Nagel with a $1,000 check. Nagel said the check would be placed in the Hornet Pride account for activities and incentives for students.
Those who used to shop at Goody’s, which closed nearly two weeks ago, will notice a difference in the stock in the store, as well as new clothing lines and sales.
“We are sure to have something for everyone,” Mick said. “We get as many as three trucks a week, so everything from children to women's hands mens clothes, teen clothes and shoes, and especially our beautiful home goods will always be changing.”
Gordmans’, Goody’s and Stage stores are all owned by Stage Stores, so, Sydney Edens
Media Liaison for Gordmans’ said there is no need for customers to reapply for the rewards program or credit cards, as they can be used at any of the three
All Goody’s employees were offered a chance to transfer their employment to Gordmans’ Edens said. The store employs about 20 people.
The store was busy throughout the day Thursday, with visitors from across the area and several stops making to their shopping destination for the day. The store is located at 105 Park