Plans for a Goody’s department store in Havelock are back on track, with a spokesman confirming a planned April 18 opening.
"It is back on. We’ll be putting out a press release in a couple of weeks," said Jennifer Grammar, brand marketing director for Stage Stores, parent company of Goody’s.
Initial plans for the store had slowed, but came back to the forefront late last year and early this year.
Grammar said plans call for a ribbon-cutting event at 8:45 a.m. right before the store opens at 9 a.m. on April 18. She said other events will surround the grand opening.
"We will be giving away free tote bags to the first 150 customers," Grammar said. "And on Friday, we will be having a mystery gift card giveaway, so the first 50 customers in lines will receive a gift card. Everybody is a winner, but one lucky customer will get a $100 gift card. The gift cards range in value from $5 to $100."
She said customers would have the opportunity to register for two $250 gift cards during the grand opening. A 20 percent off shopping pass would also be available during the store’s grand opening weekend, she said.
The store will be located at 349 West Main St., the former site of Gregg’s Furniture and the A&P grocery store. The building contains 12,200 feet of retail space with additional stock space in the rear of the building.
Regular store hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
Grammar did not know when the company would begin renovations of the store space in preparation for the opening.
"Havelock is a good fit for Goody’s," she said. "We operate primarily in medium size markets. We bring brand name, national known apparel to small towns. It’s family apparel. We also bring name brand shoes, accessories, cosmetics and fragrances."
She said Goody’s offers various customer benefit programs, including its own credit card and a Club 50 program that provides those ages 50 and older 20 percent off their purchases on Tuesdays.
Grammar also said the store would provide a military discount of 15 percent for active, retired and former military personnel showing valid military identification.
Grammar said the store would employ between 10 and 15 people, and that more workers would be needed during the set-up of the store.
She said advertisements would be taken out in local newspapers about potential employment about six weeks before the store is scheduled to open. She said a job fair at a local hotel typically takes place prior to the opening of a store and that eventually, job applicants would be able to submit employment applications online.
Stage Stores, based in Houston, operates 840 stores in 40 states. The other department stores include Bealls, Palias Royal and Peebles.