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Fashion retailer plans big store

By LOU WILIN
STAFF WRITER
Gabe’s, a discount fashion retailer, will open a large Findlay store this summer inside the former Home Depot building at 1981 Tiffin Ave., Gabriel Brothers reported.
Gabe’s will occupy about 60 percent of the 94,700 square feet in the building.
More stores reportedly could be moving into the building Home Depot left in 2008. But the owner of the property, Isaac Property Co. of Bryan, has not returned phone calls seeking more information.
Garlock Bros. Construction has been working at the site, but has declined to comment.
Garlock Bros. is doing $1 million in interior alterations and front facade replacement, according to Wood County Building Inspection records.
Gabe’s stores generally have 80 to 120 employees, including full- and part-time workers, said Shari Rudolph, chief marketing officer for Gabriel Brothers. Staffing levels for the Findlay store have not been set yet, she said.
Gabe’s carries women’s, juniors’, men’s and children’s clothing, as well as footwear, handbags, accessories, bath and beauty items, home decorations, housewares and snacks. Plans are for the Findlay store to have an opening celebration in July.
“We are excited to join the Findlay community,” said Ken Seipel, chief executive officer of Gabriel Brothers, headquartered in Morgantown, W.Va. “We already have a strong presence in Ohio, so we know the market and appreciate the customer quite well. Findlay is a vibrant center that boasts a healthy economy and strong employment base and we are honored to have an opportunity to be a part of that, by expanding the Gabe’s tradition of bringing great styles and famous brands to the community at up to 70 percent off department store prices.”
The new Findlay store is one of four stores planned to open in July, bringing the total to 43 in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Findlay store will be one of 16 in Ohio.
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