BUCKHANNON – Gordmans is officially opened in Upshur County.
Gordmans had their official ribbon cutting Monday, March 3 and opened their doors at 9 a.m. The store is located in Tennerton in the former Goody’s location, across from Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School.
Gordmans Store Manager Genevia Jenkins said during the grand opening week the store will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and then next week on Sunday, the store will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. the rest of the week.
“We are excited to show you what Gordmans is all about,” Jenkins said. “It’s an off-price retailer, which means we offer favorite brands at prices way lower than department stores.”
She said the store will also allow customers who have purchased something on Amazon to ship it to their store.
“If you’re afraid to send it to your house because you may be out of town or something, you just have it sent to us, and we will get ahold of you and you can just pick it up here and when you come in that day you get a 20 percent off coupon for your whole entire day.”
Jenkins presented a check for $1,000 to Buckhannon-Upshur High School from Gordmans.
“Gordmans is very proud to give back to our community,” Jenkins said. “Gordmans has contributed over $1 million to public school systems throughout the states we operate in as a part of our commitment to the community, and we are proud to support Buckhannon-Upshur High School.”
She said the first thing people will notice about the store is the prices.
“The off-price concept that Gordmans is striving for is extremely popular right now,” Jenkins said. “Most department stores have become stagnant and the merchandise levels just stay in the store too long, so customers wanted something new and different each time they come into shop.”
She said the store will also make it a point to have new merchandise and choices for customers.
“Whereas in a department store, you hold on to collections for an extreme amount of time,” she said. “When you come into Gordon’s, you’re going to see something new every week.”
Another change about the store she said customers will notice is their extended home department.
“As we became the new Gordmans store, we wanted to offer our customers a more variety in home, so we actually have a new furniture department, and it’s exciting for us,” Jenkins said. “It’s a lot of nice pieces and again, it will be new pieces every week that won’t sit there – they’ll be rotated out, so we’re excited about the home department expansion. It actually extends the whole entire left side of the store.”
One thing she said she was happy carried over from Goody’s was their tuxedo rental program.
“We have kids that go through four years of high school and they need a tux every year for prom or homecoming or other large events,” Jenkins said.
City Council member Robbie Skinner welcomed the new store to the community.
“We just want to welcome you, and we’re happy you’re here, even though you’re not in the city limits We’re not about that,” Skinner said. “This is all one community, whether you live in the corporate limits, or you live in Rock Cave, we’re the Buckhannon-Upshur community so we’re happy you’re here and anything we can do to help, you let us know.”