Hart to open new Marys­town store late Septem­ber

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY PAUL HERRIDGE pher­ridge@south­erngazette.ca

Hart Stores Inc. has set Sept. 30 as the date to open its new store at the Penin­sula Mall in Marys­town.

The store, lo­cated in the space va­cated by Do­min­ion ear­lier this year, in­cludes roughly 19,000 square feet of re­tail floor space.

Ac­cord­ing to com­pany pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Michael Hart, the Marys­town store will em­ploy be­tween 30-40 full-time, part-time and tem­po­rary in­di­vid­u­als.

He ac­knowl­edged a to­tal ren­o­va­tion of the space in cur­rently un­der­way.

“ We’re gut­ting the store, from floor to ceil­ing to walls. It’s go­ing to be com­plete- ly stripped and will be a brand new store. We’re there for a long time, as we usu­ally plan to be, so we’re start­ing fresh.”

Hart, which also has stores un­der the ‘Bar­gain Gi­ant’ ban­ner, has stores in Clarenville, Grand Falls-Windsor, Lewis­porte, Corner Brook, Bay Roberts, Car­bon­ear, Port aux Basques and St. John’s in this prov­ince, to­talling 91 lo­ca­tions through­out On­tario, Que­bec and At­lantic Canada.

Mr. Hart in­di­cated the store car­ries a wide se­lec­tion of fashion, house ware, footwear, gift­ware, sea­sonal, toys and ac­ces­sories, cit­ing the first two as Hart’s strengths.

He noted the com­pany strives to be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent than the other big box stores by of­fer­ing good value, but a nicer se­lec­tion of cloth­ing.

The store also of­fers lay­aways, which many depart­ment stores have moved away from, as well as COD (cash on de­liv­ery) and ‘Club 55’, a pro­mo­tion that gives a 15 per cent dis­count on reg­u­lar price mer­chan­dise on the first Mon­day of ev­ery month to peo­ple over the age of 55.

The com­pany, es­tab­lished with a sin­gle store in ru­ral Que­bec in 1960, is cel­e­brat­ing its 50th an­niver­sary this year.

Mr. Hart rec­og­nized the com­pany has been well re­ceived in New­found­land and Labrador.

Re­fer­ring to the other stores lo­cated through­out the prov­ince, he in­di­cated “ We’ve got re­quests in the past to come into Marys­town. It kind of com­pletes the route.”

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