The Peebles department store in Marion is closing but it will soon convert to a different type of retail store.

Peebles in Marion is now having a store closing sale with items 40% off. Other Peebles stores are likewise closing only to be converted to Gordmans stores. Both Peebles and Gordmans are part of the Stage Stores company, according to a spokesperson.

“Stage has exciting news: we are planning to convert the Peebles location in Marion, N.C. to a Gordmans store in the spring of 2020,” said Blakeley Graham, spokesperson for the Stage Stores company.

Last month, Stage Stores announced many of its stores nationwide would be closing and the closed Peebles locations would be replaced with Gordmans stores. Graham added the Stage company has been converting a number of its Peebles stores because “consumers are responding positively to Gordmans’ off-price offerings.”

“Gordmans is an off-price retailer, which means that it has a wide array of merchandise for the entire family at the lowest possible prices compared to department stores,” said Graham to The McDowell News. “Gordmans, which has been delighting shoppers for more than 100 years, has fresh new merchandise deliveries arriving weekly; there will always be something new to discover when it comes to popular name brand apparel, home décor, footwear, gifts, accessories, fragrances and more for the whole family.”

The Peebles store in Marion is planned to close in the days leading up to the grand opening of Gordmans in the spring of 2020.

“The conversions from Peebles to Gordmans take less than two weeks,” said Graham. “All current Peebles associates will be offered jobs at Gordmans.”

Additional associates also will be hired during job fairs scheduled for early next year.

“We can provide you with more details as the plans progress,” said Graham to The McDowell News.

In addition to Marion, there are plans to convert North Carolina Peebles stores in Eden, Roxboro, Plymouth, Edenton, Sylva, Wallace, Southport, Thomasville, Lillington, Mocksville, Roanoke Rapids, Red Springs, Elizabethtown, Laurinburg, Elkin and Oxford, according to Graham.

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