The 34-year-old manager of Goody’s said the store will be replaced in June by discounted store, Gordmans, to sell products aimed to attract college students.
Amber Milner is excited about the change because unlike the Goody’s clothing line, which targets 30-40 year olds, Gordmans targets college students, who will increase traffic in the near-deserted Athens Mall.
“(Gordmans) is more of a home store, but it’s basically the same thing as Goody’s,” said Milner, who has worked at Goody’s for seven years. “We’re still going to have home, shoes, and everything honestly.”
Milner said Stage Stores, the owner of Goody’s and Gordmans, will bring forth the transition because Gordmans is doing financially better.
She added that the discounted store of Gordmans will allow customers to shop for name brand clothes at a cheaper cost. She does not know what name brand clothes will be available yet.
Donna Tabler, a woman from Amesville who shops two to three times a week at Goody’s, said she is upset about the store change because she felt comfortable shopping in Goody’s but doesn’t know if she will feel that at Gordmans.
As a church going person, Tabler said she loves Goody’s because they have the best T-shirts for Bible scriptures, such as “Blessed mama.” She likes shopping there even if Goody’s doesn’t have T-Shirts in her size.
Another customer, Kris Boston, a hairstylist at Reflections in Tuppers Plain who has been shopping at Goody’s for five years, said she likes Goody’s because of their deals.
Milner, however, said that no coupons will be available at Gordmans.
All employees, salaried and hourly, will get to keep their jobs.