Burlington is officially open for business.
The retail outlet, located at 2230 N. Webb Road in the Northwest Commons opened its doors for the first time Friday morning following a ribbon cutting ceremony.
General Manager Jake Scheideler said Burlington has been working on setting up for the opening of the store for the past three weeks. He said a soft opening was held Thursday, with a grand opening on Friday.
“This is our 600th store that they (Burlington) are opening and we are proud to come to the Grand Island community,” Scheideler said.
Scheideler added Burlington is an off-price retailer that offers name brands up to 65 percent off other retailer’s prices and offers items other retailers do not offer, including Burlington-exclusive name brands. He said Burlington no longer offers just coats — indicative of the company’s former name “Burlington Coat Factory” — but also men’s and women’s clothing, suits, baby wear and home goods.
“I would encourage to come out and see what we have,” Scheideler said. “We go from baby sizes all the way up to men’s big and tall. We have a large assortment for everybody in the family. It’s not just clothes. We would encourage people to come out and check out our bathroom items, home goods items and kitchen utensils. We have it all.”
Patricia Almanza of Grand Island said she was excited to shop at Burlington Friday morning. She said she is originally from the Phoenix area and was disappointed there were not many shopping stores in Grand Island when she moved here two years ago.
“So when I heard Burlington was coming, I knew I was going there the first day it opened,” Almanza said.
Almanza added the thing she likes the most about Burlington is the prices and the variety of items the store offers.
“This is going to be my go-to store. I plan to be here a lot — every weekend probably,” she said. “I am looking for everything. So if there is something that fits our need, it’s going to go in my cart.”
Joanne Fowler of Arcadia said she was shopping at Burlington Friday morning to check out the store. She added she was excited for the store’s opening as it is “something new for Grand Island.” Fowler said she was impressed by the prices and the friendly store employees.
Donna Foster of Grand Island said she, too, was shopping at Burlington Friday to check out the store and to see what it has to offer.
“I am pretty excited,” she said of the opening. “I’ve been contemplating it opening for a month or so. I really like it so far. The prices are really good and they have nice clothes.”
Dave Taylor, President of the Grand Island Economic Development Corporation, said Burlington is a great opportunity for the city of Grand Island and the surrounding areas as it should attract more visitors to town.
“The sheer selection and diversity of what is available is impressive,” he said. “They have everything from shoes to deodorant to towels to baby items to suits. There is a huge variety inside Burlington.”
Taylor added more people coming into town will generate revenue for the city as they will shop at other retail outlets and eat at restaurants within the city, which generates food and beverage tax revenue. He said the overall look of the Northwest Commons area has changed as well within the last 10 years due to redevelopment, which includes the addition of the Burlington store.
“It really cleans that whole stretch,” Taylor said. “Between adding Dick’s (Sporting Goods) and creating that opening between the two, I think the addition of Burlington will hopefully spark businesses that are trying to decide if they are going to expand into the Grand Island area to look at those available spots. It could really open up opportunities to have other businesses we don’t have here in town.”
Scheideler said in addition to its products, Burlington is also community-driven. He said it already presented a donation to Hope Harbor and plans to issue a $10,000 check to Wasmer Elementary School as part of its Adopt-A-Classroom program.
A press release from Burlington adds that throughout the year, the store takes part in community-driven marketing initiatives including The Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Coat Drive and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk.
Scheideler said Burlington is looking to hire to 70 employees. Those interested in working for the retail outlet can apply online at burlingtonstores.jobs or stop in the store for an application.
On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., customers are invited to a “day of family fun” with kids’ activities and giveaways, a press release from Burlington states. The first 500 customers in the door will receive a free Burlington tote bag.
Burlington is open 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sundays.