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Peebles becomes Goody's
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Jessica Hurst, left, and Martha Jeronimo, right shop on their lunch break at the new Goody's. - photo by CRYSTAL WALKER/Staff

      SYLVANIA - Sylvania shoppers lined the side walk outside the new Goody's last week, hoping to be in the first 150 to receive a free tote bag in celebration of their grand opening.
      Store manager Jerry Burke immediately opened his doors for anxious customers after a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. with the Chamber of Commerce.
      Stage Stores, Inc. is the parent company for Peebles and their newly purchased Goody's name plate, that was acquired one year ago, said District Manager Phillip Brown.
      "People of Georgia have expressed their desire to see Goody's stores come back to Georgia," Brown said.
      By the beginning of May, all stores owned by Stage will become Goody's stores, he said.
      Shopping on her lunch break, Jessica Hurst was anxious to use the store's 15-percent off coupon for her purchases.
      "We've always shopped at Goody's, so we are glad to see it come here," said Hurst.
      While the company has owned the Goody's name for one year, Brown said the transition is still a work-in-progress and will continue to go through some changes.
      As a company eager to do what the people want, said Brown, the changes in assortment and brand selection will be catered to each specific community.
      While pricing will remain similar to the old Goody's, one thing that will be different, Brown said, is the fact that several new name brands will be available, such as Ralph Lauren, along with fragrances like Armani and Juicy Coutoure.
      Still, more vendors and name brands will be considered in the future as the company caters to each community's demands.
      The store's "Yes Program" represents "your everyday savings, your everyday store, and your community store," said Brown.
      Willie Worthen, store manager of the new Goody's location in Metter, said his store experienced similar success at their grand opening and ribbon cutting event Thursday.