Peebles changing over to Gordmans and is hiring in North Adams

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NORTH ADAMS — Another store at Steeple Plaza is closing.

Peebles is set to close in early February. But the space will be refilled quickly by another store — Gordmans. And they are looking for employees.

Stage Stores — parent company of Peebles, Bealls, Palais Royal, Goodys and Stage — says all of its store brands will be converted to Gordmans, which is described as an "off-price" retail store featuring apparel and home goods.

"Stage found that shoppers responded positively to Gordmans' off-price concept," according to a company statement. "So Stage is converting most of its department stores to Gordmans off-price stores in 2020."

Not all the stores will be converted. For example, the Peebles in Southampton will close and not change over to Gordmans.

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"As is common practice in the retail industry, Stage stores reviews its store fleet on a regular basis and exits underperforming locations," the statement reads. "The Southampton store will close in January."

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The North Adams store will be closed temporarily for a little over a week, ahead of the scheduled Feb. 18 grand opening as a Gordmans store.

Gordmans will host a job fair from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 7 at 78 Main St. in North Adams (the Peebles location) to begin to staff the new operation.

Interested candidates are invited to first apply online at gordmans.com/careers and then visit the job fair. Walk-ins are welcome.

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Full-time Gordmans associates are offered benefits, including health insurance (medical, prescription drug, dental and vision); a 401(k) savings plan; paid vacation and holidays; and a 20 percent associate discount on merchandise. Gordmans offers flexible full-time and part-time schedules.

Company officials declined to discuss the number of employees needed, or how many Peebles employees would be retained for the new store.

Stage Stores — established in 1920 — operates more than 600 department stores, and it also operates 158 Gordmans stores in 42 states.

Scott Stafford can be reached at sstafford@berkshireeagle.com or 413-629-4517.


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