Business Moves with Mary: Goody's to Gordman's in Starkville


Mary Pollitz

Mary Pollitz



Mary Pollitz



Goody's in Starkville is now advertising its "store-closing" sale with up to 60 percent of its inventory.


Signage in the windows and social media posts from Goody's announced a new department store will replace the outgoing Goody's at 844 Hwy. 12 W. Gordman's, which along with Goody's is under the Stage Stores Inc., is slated to open this spring.


"Gordman's is an entirely new, super fun store where big brands meet everyday low prices," Goody's social media page announced.



Gordman's, which first opened in Nebraska in 1915, has slowly gained steam in recent years. Stage Stores Inc., which includes Bealls, Goody's Palais Royal, Peebles, Stage and Gordman's stores, announced late last year the company would be transitioning "substantially all" of its stores to Gordman's.


"We are excited about our future as we fully transition to an off-price business model," Stage Stores CEO Michael Glazer said in a press release last year. "Compared to their performance as a department store, off-price conversions have consistently delivered higher sales with less inventory, similar retail margins and lower selling, general and administrative expenses."


The off-price market is a store that offers higher-end name brand products for slashed prices. In 2019, there were nearly 160 Gordman's stores nationwide. That number is expected to increase to 700 stores by end of Fiscal Year 2020.


More than a year ago, we broke the news that Godfather's Pizza would be coming to the Midtown Development at 401 University Drive. Representatives from Godfather's Pizza confirmed that opening day should be by the end of January. A pizza you can't refuse is coming soon. Be on the lookout for the new business near downtown Starkville.


Moving over to Columbus, we've got new businesses opening up near downtown.


Late last month, VA Nail Salon opened shop at 703 Hwy. 45 N. Sit back, relax and get pampered Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday noon-6 p.m.


Also, another herbal tea and meal replacement nutrition shop is gearing up for its opening day. Downtown Nutrition, owned by Kimberly Peterson, is slated to open by the end of next week at 404 Second Ave. N. Drop on by for healthy meal replacement shake or a high energy tea. Keep up with Downtown Nutrition with its social media page. Once opened, you can pick up your teas and shakes Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. -1 p.m.





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