GRAFTON— Yesterday morning was full of excitement as community members packed the parking lot of Gordmans, formerly Goodys, for their grand opening celebration.
Before the doors where open for the public to start shopping, long-time store manager Shirley Gibson was accompanied by her sales associates, Grafton Major Peggy Barney and Vice Mayor Brenda Thompson for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Prior to cutting the ribbon, Gibson presented Grafton High School Principal Lori Shumaker with a donation check in the amount of $1,000, as the company’s way of supporting local education.
After the presentation of the check it was time to cut that ribbon, and it was Thompson that did the honor. A burst of applause rose from the crowd.
“We just cannot thank you guys enough for the ongoing support and making it possible for us to stay here in the community,” expressed store employee Kim Tressler.
Barney then bestowed Gibson with a pin of the Grafton City Seal, and granted her a key to the city.
Barney’s own jacket was adorned with her city seal pin, as well as a pineapple pin that she said held a special meaning.
“My pineapple pin is a traditional sign of welcome, and I am just so happy and excited to welcome this business into our community. I wish them many, many years of success,” she shared.
With that, associates opened the doors and shoppers immediately filed in, excited to see the deals that were in store for them. As each individual passed through the door, workers handed out coupons and scratch off cards for a chance to win between $5 and $50 that they could use towards their purchase that day.
Additionally, the first 100 guests received a free insulated Gordmans tote bag.
Gibson revealed that overhauling the store was a nine day process that she and 24 employees, along with a fellow store manager from Louisiana, tackled, working 12 to 15 hour days in preparation for their opening day.
With three tractor and trailer loads of new inventory, the group worked together to get it all unloaded, tagged and out to the sales floor.
“I have a great group of workers. They really are the best, and just did an amazing job helping to get us ready for today,” commented Gibson.
Their hard work was evident with a wide variety of items packing each shelf and rack.
Gordmans also featured a new set up, including a queue line stocked with goodies for shoppers to browse through as they wait to check out.
The store also boasts extended departments, including their home goods, children’s, beauty, intimates and toys.
“We have also started carrying children’s shoes, pet supplies and a selection of furniture,” Gibson announced.
She mentioned that what sets Gordmans apart is their ever changing inventory and unbeatable prices on brands the community is sure to love.
“The pricing is right for the community,” she added. “On top of that, we will have new inventory weekly. Our customers will be able to come in and find new items on a regular basis, or be able to pick up that unique gift they’re looking for without having to travel out of town.”
She went on to say that after being the store manager of Goodys and now Gordmans for nearly 12 years, that she is just thankful to the community and excited to be able to source the area with a good variety of products at excellent prices.
In addition to being a one stop shop for all of your shopping needs, Gordmans is also an official Amazon pick up site. While the system isn’t up and running just yet, Gibson said it will be very soon and will allow customers to safely ship their Amazon purchases to the store to await pick up in a secure location.
“We are anticipating a very busy week,” said an excited Gibson before returning to her work.
Gordmans is located at 1 Harman Plaza in Grafton. The store is open for your shopping convenience Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., and on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Be sure to swing by and offer support to the area’s newest business.