Sep. 17—GOSHEN — Store leadership and employees cheered early Friday morning during a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of a new Burlington store in the city's Market Centre shopping plaza.
"We're celebrating our grand opening today, so we're very excited," store Manager Pamela Beckner said following the ceremony. "We have some giveaways going on as part of the celebration, where we're going to be giving away some gift cards and umbrellas. So, yeah, just very excited."
According to Kathi Newton, district manager at Burlington Stores Inc., the grand opening of the store at 4024 Elkhart Road, had been several years in the making.
"COVID put us on a big, long pause. We were supposed to open a year ago," Newton said of the delay. "So, we are just so excited to finally get through all of the stumbling blocks from COVID and be opening today."
Formerly known as Burlington Coat Factory, the national retailer rebranded several years ago and shortened its name to reflect its de-emphasis on outerwear. With approximately 790 stores located in 45 states and Puerto Rico, Burlington now offers branded products in women's ready-to-wear apparel, menswear, youth apparel, baby products, footwear, accessories, home goods and coats.
"At Burlington, we provide a wide array of merchandise selection, everything from items for the baby, which we consider Baby Depot, to accessories for her, apparel, home goods, accessories for him, and we are really about the value," Newton said of the store. "So, we are a value-driven organization. You don't have to worry about anything being on sale one day and not the other, because we have a low price right from the get-go."
With its opening, the Goshen store brings the total number of Burlington locations in the state to 15.
"Our goal is to continue to offer communities great values on brand name merchandise for the entire family and home," Burlington CEO Michael O'Sullivan said in a provided statement. "We're expanding and growing our footprint across the country and excited to be opening a store in Goshen. We look forward to giving local customers the chance to discover fantastic prices on a wide range of products. We know they will love the deals."
As part of Friday's celebration, Burlington also presented a $5,000 donation to the teachers at Concord South Side Elementary School.
According to the company, the donation was made both to help celebrate the opening of the Goshen store while also underscoring the retailer's commitment to enhancing educational opportunities by making a donation through Burlington's long-standing partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org.
"As a caring company, Burlington is dedicated to giving back to the communities where customers and associates live and work, and supporting various philanthropic initiatives throughout the year," the company said in a provided statement.
On hand to accept the donation was Concord South Side Principal Jennifer Loupee.
"Oh my goodness, I'm very excited," Loupee said of the $5,000 check. "Our teachers are going to be super excited about this. The donation will go to our teachers to help with whatever it is that they need, supplies for the classroom, anything that they decide to purchase for the school. So, it's wonderful."
Loupee said Burlington chose South Side Elementary as the recipient of the donation due to its close proximity to the Goshen store. The school is located about two miles northwest of the store at 23702 Arlene Ave., Elkhart.
According to a news release, the Goshen Burlington location has hired approximately 65 employees and still has additional positions available.
Anyone interested in becoming a Burlington employee can learn more by visiting www.BurlingtonStores.jobs.
As for those interested in visiting the store, hours are listed as 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
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