In local business news... a Nebraska-based apparel and home décor retailer makes its debut in the Region Thursday. Gordmans will open a new 50-thousand square foot store at Porter's Vale Shopping Center in Valparaiso. The Valparaiso location marks Gordmans’ seventh store in Indiana.
“We are excited to extend the Gordmans experience to Valparaiso. Our mission is to delight guests with big savings, big selection and fun, friendly associates,” said Jeff Gordman, president and CEO. “We offer compelling value with our name brand merchandise for the entire family and invite Valparaiso citizens to visit the new store and enjoy our unique shopping environment that’s well-organized, infused with fun and entertainment, and features outstanding service.
Grand Opening activities begin Friday, October 4 with a 9 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony. CEO Jeff Gordman will present a check for $2,500 to Valparaiso Community Schools to launch the retailer’s Partners in Education fundraising events. Partners in Education is a program through which businesses make additional educational resources available to local public school systems. Gordmans’ guests may join in by purchasing “helping hands” for $1 each. Every dollar raised will directly benefit Valparaiso Community Schools. Since its involvement with Partners in Education, which began in 2000, Gordmans has contributed more than $1 million to public school systems in markets where Gordmans has stores. The new Gordmans store has selected Parkview Elementary School as its partner school.
“Through Partners in Education, we’re able to make a difference in the lives of many area schoolchildren,” said Gordman. “The collaboration is also a great volunteer opportunity for our associates, and it reinforces our commitment to giving back to the communities where our stores are located.”
Gordmans will open ten new stores in 2013. Seven of them opened earlier this year in Albuquerque, N.M.; Louisville, Ky.; Milwaukee; Minot, N.D.; Peoria, Ill.; and Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah. In September, in addition to the Valparaiso location.