SIDNEY – Almost 100 people were lined up to get inside when Gordmans officially opened for business in Sidney with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
“This was awesome having so many people here, especially (considering) this is not our normal hour to be open so they came out early, an hour early, to be part of the event,” Becky Miller, the manager of the Gordmans department store in Sidney, said. “I did notice a lot of them were new faces, and a lot of them were shoppers that have already come and they’re looking forward to the Gordmans being here.”
Gordmans, which currently has 23 employees in Sidney, replaced the Peebles department store at 2290 Michigan St. Peebles closed Sept. 7 as part of the store’s conversion to Gordmans.
Both Gordmans and Peebles are owned by Stage Stores, which has stores in 42 states. It also operates Bealls, Goody’s, Palais Royal and Stage stores.
Stage Stores bought Gordmans in 2017, began testing the conversion of department stores to Gordmans in 2018 and in 2019 began a long-term strategy of converting its stores to Gordmans off-price stores.
“One of the things I think that’s good about Stage Stores is that you are willing to change and you transitioned,” Sidney Mayor Mike Barhorst said during Tuesday’s ribbon cutting ceremony.
Sidney was one of 17 Gordmans stores that opened on Tuesday in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
By the end of the year there will be 150 Gordmans nationwide, which includes 27 locations in Ohio. Stage Stores plans to have more than 300 Gordmans nationwide within the next year.
Casey Hall brought her two daughters, 2-year-old Victoria and 1-year-old Rylan, and her mother-in-law, Susie Hull, to Tuesday’s grand opening in Sidney. The Sidney residents arrived at approximately 8:10 a.m. to see the new store.
“We’ve heard lots of good things about it,” Hall said.
The first 100 guests at the Gordmans received a free insulated Gordmans tote with a scratch-off card. Each scratch-off card was worth at least $5, and one guest received a $50 gift card.
Aeri Golden, of Sidney, arrived at Gordmans at approximately 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and was joined shortly thereafter by Leah Hipple, also of Sidney.
“We thought it was going to be a big, huge thing so we wanted to at least get a free tote,” Hipple said.
Gordmans has décor, bedding, kitchen, men’s, women’s, children’s, junior’s, shoes, handbags, beauty, intimates and pet sections in its Sidney store.
“We have home décor, which is awesome,” Miller said. “That fills up half of our entire store, and it’s set per season as well as everyday. And then we have men’s, women’s, children’s apparel along with beauty and jewelry and shoes. We have a large toy selection, too, so we have something for everyone in the store right now.”
The store currently has Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas seasonal décor for sale. It will receive two to three semi-truck loads of new merchandise every week.
“Gordmans is our community connection to bigger deals and smaller prices for the entire family including name-brand fashions, beautiful home décor,” Miller said. “The merchandise here is going to be an everyday low price. So every day that you come in you will not have to wait for a sale.”
As part of its grand opening celebration on Tuesday, Gordmans presented a $1,000 check to Sidney High School.
“I want to thank Gordmans very much for their very generous donation,” Sidney High School Principal Denny Morrison said. “The $1,000 check is going to be used for technology for students.”
Gordmans will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
For more information about Gordmans, visit its website at www.gordmans.com. The Sidney store also can be reached at 937-492-7973.
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