Stage Stores, Inc. has announced it will open a Peebles department store in Ticonderoga in August. The former Grand Union building will house the store.
Peebles department store is coming to Ticonderoga.
Company officials made the announcement last week. It had been reported in the Times of Ti April 28.
“Ticonderoga shoppers deserve a hometown store that delivers great fashion brands at great prices. Peebles is that store,” said Jennifer Grammar, brand marketing director at Stage Stores Inc., the parent company of Peebles.
The Ticonderoga Peebles is scheduled to open in August in the former Grand Union building at the intersection of Routes 9N and 74.
The Houston-based company operates more than 800 stores under the Bealls, Goody’s, Palais Royal, Peebles and Stage trade names.
According to the company website, Stage Stores “brings moderately-priced, nationally-recognized brand name and private label apparel, accessories, cosmetics and footwear for the entire family to small and mid-size towns and communities across 40 states.”
“Those customers who aren’t familiar with Peebles will be in for a shopper’s delight after browsing the large assortment of quality, brand name apparel and accessories that has for years made Peebles a destination for the latest looks,” Grammar said.
The store will hire six to 12 associates, plus managers. Recruiting will begin soon with the hiring of the store manager. Then interviews will be scheduled with applicants for the other jobs.
Ticonderoga Supervisor Deb Malaney is pleased Peebles is coming to Ticonderoga. She noted the store considered the community about six years but decided against coming at that time.
“Peebles has about 800 stores in small towns and communities throughout the U.S.,” Malaney said. “They will be an excellent fit for Ti and the market area we serve and we will be very happy to have them open here.”
Peebles lists its brands as adidas, Sun River, U.S. Polo Assn, Elizabeth ArdenChaps, Hannah, New Balance, nautica, Levi’s, Company8, Dockers, Specialty Girl,Calvin Klein, Lee, Carter's, j.h. collectibles, Estee Lauder, Graphite, Wihul Park, naturalizer, Nike, South Pole, Clinique, Skechers, easyspirit, VanHeusen, Ruby Rd., Union Bay, Chaus, alfred dunner, Clark’s, BareTraps, Champion and Gloria Vanderbilt.
An average store size is 18,350 selling square feet. In fiscal year 2010 the company had sales of approximately $1.5 billion. It has approximately 13,000 employees.
“The company believes that it has developed a unique retailing concept and niche in these markets by offering a broad range of nationally recognized brand name merchandise with a high level of customer service in convenient locations,” according to the Stage Stores website.
The company generally locates in areas with a population of 20-30,000 within a 10-mile radius, 20-30 miles away from a competitor department store and near a national discount retail store.
The Ticonderoga area is on the low side of Stage’s population target, but its well removed from other department stores and has Wal-Mart located about a quarter mile from the former Grand Union building in Ticonderoga.