Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Forman Mills opening bigger Wilmington store, planning other new sites

Peter Van Allen

"Forman Mills will take over a vacant supermarket in Wilmington, Del. — and other new stores are planned, the company said Wednesday.

The discount clothing retailer will occupy 60,000 square feet at 4411 N. Market St., in a former SuperFresh that had been empty for seven years. A Thursday opening is planned. The store replaces a nearby location about half that size.

“This is just a bigger, better, brighter building,” said company owner Rick Forman. “People are demanding more. They want more customer service, more respect.”

Forman Mills, which is privately held and based in Pennsauken, N.J., has 28 stores, with a geographic footprint that includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Michigan, New York City and the Baltimore-Washington market. It specializes in apparel, but also sells housewares, novelty items and an ever-changing line of “close-out” items from other retailers.

This month, Forman Mills will open two stores in Chicago, bringing the store count to 30. Next March, it will open a store in Cleveland, giving it a presence in eight states.

It is also refurbishing stores, including one at 48th and Market streets in West Philadelphia, where it listened to Mayor Michael Nutter’s recommendation and painted over its bright yellow exterior to blend in more with the neighborhood."

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