BY JENNIFER BAILEY
DANVILLE — While Kohl’s is taking most of the spotlight this week, Ross Dress for Less and Kirlin’s Hallmark also will be opening their doors.
Kirlin’s Hallmark is expected to open Friday, March 8, in Towne Centre, 2 E. Main St.
The weather has caused installation teams some delays though, said Laura Sievert, marketing director.
The store will be open 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Store manager is Lisa Pfeiffer and the store will have around 10 employees.
The store still is accepting applications for part-time sales associates. Interested people may apply in person or email email@example.com.
Product lines consumers can expect: Hallmark Gold Crown, WillowTree by DEMDACO, Yankee Candle, WoodWick Candle, Precious Moments, Tervis Tumbler, DaVinci Beads, Life is Good and a wide selection of seasonal items, candy and fashion accessories.
The store is taking over the former Dena’s Hallmark space. Dena’s has been closed since the first of the year. The Dena’s Hallmark in the Village Mall also closed in October.
The Towne Centre Hallmark, which has been there for about 26 years, changed hands in 2006 when Karen’s Kottage became Dena’s Hallmark.
Sievert adds that all valid Crown Rewards coupons and certificates will be accepted at Kirlin’s.
The Kirlin’s chain is family-owned and operated. It has grown to become Hallmark’s largest independent distributor in the United States.
Ross Dress for Less has its grand opening scheduled for the next day, Saturday, March 9, at the Village Mall, 2917 N. Vermilion St.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony is at 8:45 a.m., with the store opening at 9 a.m.
Ross will be making its area debut with stores opening in Danville and Springfield.
The stores are two of four new Ross stores that will open simultaneously in Illinois on Saturday, March 9.
According to a press release, Danville shoppers will find the same brand names carried in department and specialty stores priced at 20 to 60 percent less at Ross.
The store will carry great savings on spring styles including apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family, as well as home fashions and gifts.
The new stores will give away $1,000 in Ross Dress for Less gift cards.
From Saturday, March 9, to Sunday, March 17, customers can enter in store for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree or one of five $100 shopping sprees.
Store hours will be: 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday–Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
Ross has hired 40-50 employees for the store.
Ross offers designer and brand-name fashions at a savings for men, women, children and the home.
Ross Stores, Inc., headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., operates more than 950 stores across the U.S. and overseas.
There was an incentive agreement for renovations for the store.
As part of the redevelopment agreement with mall owner Tabani Commercial Real Estate Investment and Development, the city will provide up to 50 percent of the home rule sales tax generated by the store for a five-year period. That total shall not exceed 50 percent of the total redevelopment costs.
With use of local laborers, the percentage of home rule sales tax rebate increases to 75 percent for each of the five years with the previously mentioned limitation.
The tenant also must sign a lease agreement of at least 10 years.