Seaford, Milford Peebles stores to close in conversion to Gordmans

SEAFORD — Two of three Peebles department stores in Sussex County are being converted to Gordmans, another chain under the Stage Stores retail umbrella that offers low prices as an off-price retailer.

“We are planning to convert the Peebles locations in Seaford and Milford, to Gordmans stores in the spring of 2020,” said Blakeley Graham, manager of brand publicity for State Stores. “Both Peebles and Gordmans are part of the Stage community of stores.”

Discount sales are underway at Peebles locations in the Seaford Village shopping center Sussex Highway and Milford Plaza in preparation for the conversion.

The fate of the Peebles store in the Rehoboth Mall is uncertain.

“Stage is currently evaluating some of its store fleet for additional conversion opportunities, including the Peebles location in Rehoboth, Delaware,” Ms. Graham said,

Stage Stores, a department store company specializing in retailing brand name apparel, accessories, cosmetics, footwear and housewares throughout the United States, currently operates more than 600 stores in 42 states under the Peebles, Gordmans, Bealls, Palais Royal, Stage and Goody’s nameplates.

Based in Houston, Texas Stage Stores’ primary retail market is in Midwestern, Southeastern, Mid-Atlantic and New England regions.

In March of this year, Stage Stores announced that by 2020 the company plans to convert at least 220 of their current department store locations into Gordmans stores.

“Stage has been converting a number of its Peebles stores because consumers are responding positively to Gordmans’ off-price offerings,” said Ms. Graham. “Gordmans is an off-price retailer, which means that it has a wide array of merchandise for the entire family at the lowest possible prices compared to department stores.”

“Gordmans, which has been delighting shoppers for more than 100 years, has fresh new merchandise deliveries arriving weekly; there will always be something new to discover when it comes to popular name brand apparel, home décor, footwear, gifts, accessories, fragrances and more for the whole family.,” Ms. Graham said.

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City of Seaford Mayor David Genshaw said the city has heard nothing official of conversion, only through the grapevine that the Milford and Seaford stores will become more “of a Marshalls-style store, another sister store that they own.

“But no one has indicated with the city officially.”
Amid “store closing” and in-store sales, inquiring customers are being told by store associates at the Seaford Peebles that the store will remain open through the holidays possibly into February when it will close for conversion to Gordmans.

“The conversion from Peebles to Gordmans takes less than two weeks,” said Ms. Graham.

“All current Peebles associates will be offered jobs at Gordmans. Additional associates also will be hired during a job fair early next year.”

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