Those looking for clothing in Havelock will have another option starting today.

Those looking for clothing in Havelock will have another option starting Thursday.

Goody’s department store will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m., Thursday and the doors will swing open at 9 a.m.

The national chain store will have 12,200 square feet of retail space at 349 West Main St., the former site of Gregg’s Furniture and the A&P grocery store.

The first 50 people in the store will receive gift bags.

"We’re hoping to be an asset to the community," store manager Hayley Sullivan said as preparations for the opening continued on Monday. "There’s nothing really like this here, so I think we’ll do really well. We strive on customer service and making this store part of the town. Goody’s is a small-town store, so I think we’ll do really well here."

Goody’s has hired 20 employees to work in the store, Sullivan said.

"We have a really good team. All of them are from Havelock," she said. "We’ve been in the store about a month. We’ve been setting up fixtures. We just got the clothes in. They’ve been helping merchandise, tagging, folding, learning register training, all that stuff to get the store up and going. They’re all real excited to see the finished project on Thursday and see it all come together."

Both assistant managers are from Havelock. One, Angela Murphy, is a military spouse who has lived in Havelock for six years.

"I’m delighted. I love this company," she said. "I’m excited to open up and get new customers in here. This is something that this town has needed and I think we’ll do well here. We have a mix of people who have lived here all their lives along with military so it’s a good mix. We have all walks of life."

Sullivan said Goody’s strives to serve its customers and stresses interactions with those who walk through the doors.

"Our goal is to know our customers," she said. "When someone comes in, I want to know their name, their family and what’s going on in their life and what they like so I can help them. We want that personal connection with our customers to keep them coming back and feeling like home when they come in."

One of those greeting customers will be Jae Smith, of Havelock, whose husband is a military police officer at Cherry Point.

"I’ll be helping out customer service basically," she said. "It’s my forte helping people find what they need. There are military wives here that are looking for specific things, and me being a military wife, I understand. I think I can relate to the shoppers."

She said she was excited and looked forward to seeing a lot of people for the grand opening.

"It’s a long time coming," she said. "The town needed some options as far as shopping. Me being a shopaholic, it’s good to see that we have another option here."

According to Sullivan, the store will have regular promotions, including 20 percent off for its Club 50 members on Tuesdays and a 15 percent military discount each day.

"We give out monthly coupon books and there’s coupons in there for each week of the month, some for online, some for in the store," Sullivan said. "We do early bird and night owls at different times, and we have a lot of buy-one-get-one-for-a-dollar sales."

She said the store features name brands such as Isod, Chaps, South Pole, Hannah, Gloria Vanderbilt, Signature Studio, Today’s Women, Nike, Puma, Sketchers, Reeboks, New Balance and others.

Regular store hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. To call the store, dial 444-0748.