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Sneak Peek Inside New Gabe's Store

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Gabriel Brothers plans to open its store in a new Erie County location on Friday. The new store means new jobs for the local area.  Reporters were invited inside Monday for a sneak peek.

The new store, in the Summit Towne Center is twice the size of the one in the West Erie Plaza.  It's located in a space formerly occupied by K-Mart. The company is adding 50 more jobs, for a total work force of 180 to 190 employees.

At 86 thousand square feet, the new store is the largest in the Gabriel Brothers chain throughout six states.  District Manager Bill Tichenor said that is what customers will notice the most.  "The biggest difference is the size," said Tichenor.  "It doubles the size at our original store, the way finding signing is another thing, there are a lot more signs, fitting rooms, cash registers, the whole set up is more convenient and easier for the shopper."

Since the chain first arrived here in the Erie area in 1991, the Erie store has been a big volume producer.  Store officials believe the bigger store will only enhance revenues.  They are especially proud of a new high tech check-out system that should move shoppers along more quickly.

The former store closes its doors for good on Tuesday at 9:00 PM.  The ribbon cutting at the new location is scheduled for 8:00 AM on Friday.  Store officials say the grand opening will involve food, family fun and musical entertainment.

 

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