Dillard‘s Green Hills moving sale is a doozy

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An aerial view shows the new Dillard‘s in relation to the existing Dillards at the Mall at Green Hills.(Photo: Wendy Whittemore)

Apparently, the best way to empty out a 160,000-square-foot department store is to have a huge “everything must go” storewide sale.

And that is just what is doing at its 30-year-old store, which is being replaced by a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art new store that will open in the mall on March 30.

“It‘s all gotta go,” said store manager John Mitchell, who said that the sale started this week with 20-65 percent off everything.

The only excluded items are cosmetics, he said.

“We are not moving anything to the new store,” Mitchell said. “And that means there will be sales on things that never go on sale. I‘ve been bringing things out of the stock room all day.  We are all in moving mode.”

Good news for bargain shoppers for sure.

And even better for us cheapos is the news that prices will continue to go down as the changeover date gets closer. Mitchell said that sometime in early February, his store will start receiving clearance merchandise from other Dillard‘s stores in Tennessee and beyond.

“That will help my buddies clear out their stores, too,”  he said.

The new Dillard‘s, which will be 20,000 square feet larger than the existing 160,000-square-foot existing store, will be on two floors rather than three levels as it is now. It is part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar mall makeover that calls for the old Dillard‘s to be razed to make room for more parking and 100,000 (or more) square feet of new mall space that will link the existing mall to the new Dillard‘s.

The phased-in mall project was designed so that Dillard‘s wouldn‘t have to close. And Mitchell said the timing might work out where both stores will be open for a short period of time as the old store‘s liquidation is completed.

Mitchell said the “elegant” new Dillard‘s will have a “super” Clinique counter that is one of only three in the country, and that its Home Store will be more like Restoration Hardware than the traditional stocked up department store home department look. It will be the first of the new design in a Dillard‘s store, Mitchell said.

“It‘s going to feel like you are in your home,” he said, noting that shoppers would see home area setups and that most of the inventory will be in the stockroom rather than on the sales floor.

He also said there are three levels of parking under the store, and that a five-story glass elevator will take you right into the store and the escalators.

He also promised an exciting calendar of events that will come with the grand opening in March.

Meanwhile, let‘s check out the markdowns. I‘ll try to keep you posted.

Stay cheap!

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