Gordmans store in Springfield seems likely to stay open

Published: Apr. 3, 2017 at 4:41 PM CDT
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The new owner of Gordmans department store chain, whose old owner filed for bankruptcy in March, apparently intends to keep open its store in Springfield and several others in Missouri, plus the one in Rogers, Ark. The list of Gordmans stores that will stay open was filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Omaha, Neb., late last week after the new owner, Stage Stores, said it won the bidding for Gordmans’ assets.

The previous owner of the discount retailer, which is based in Nebraska, said it planned to sell all its inventory and close all its stores; it has more than 100 stores in 22 states. Stage Stores, however, plans to keep at least 50 stores open, it said last week when it announced it is the winning bidder for Gordmans' assets.

The bankruptcy court document lists 48 stores that Stage Stores plans to close, including Chesterfield, Blue Springs, Liberty, and one in Kansas City in Missouri. The ones that it plans to keep open, according to the document, include the one at 3303 S. Campbell Ave., in Springfield. That building in South Oaks Center is next to a Walmart Supercenter, and Walmart owns the Gordmans building.

Other stores in Missouri that would stay open are in Fenton, St. Joseph, Independence, St. Charles, O'Fallon, Arnold and Kansas City.

The list of the stores that will stay open could change, according to the Omaha World-Herald, which reports the company plans to publish the list on its website this week.

Stage Stores operates about 800 stores under different brands, including Bealls, Goody’s, Palais Royal, Peebles and Stage.