Goody’s to become Gordmans store by next February

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The local Goody’s department store on the city’s East Side will be closing in the next few months. However, shoppers will see a similar chain store taking its place.

Management at the Greencastle location recently announced that the store would be replaced by a Gordmans store, part of a chain that sells similar goods at off-prices.

According to Goody’s Sales Associate and Assistant Manager Tara Pruitt in statements to the Banner Graphic, the closure is scheduled for sometime next February, though she could not provide an exact date. The store is currently putting on a closing sale of its remaining merchandise.

Both Goody’s and Gordmans are subsidiaries under the umbrella of the Houston-based Stage Stores, a department store company which acquired the two chains in bankruptcy proceedings in 2009 and 2017 respectively.

The local closure is just one part of a larger overhaul by Stage Stores to take over and capitalize on the Goody’s brand. According to the company’s website, Greencastle is one of seven locations in Indiana where a Gordmans store will operate.

Pruitt further provided that the new Gordmans will offer more variety and cheaper prices. She also related that the transition will lend a doubling in sales for the company.

Additional information or an official statement from Stage Stores regarding the buy-out or the planned Greencastle opening could not be obtained by press time.

The building located in Putnam Plaza has gone through previous changes.

The current Goody’s store replaced the former Peebles store in May of 2011. Peebles in turn opened in September 2008 after Walmart moved its operations to its current location.

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