Belk announced Wednesday a $2 million remodeling project of its fashion department store, located at LaGrange Mall .
The remodel will allow the store to offer expanded merchandise, including new styles of shoes and accessories.
“We are due for it,” said Tina Thomas, a Belk employee of almost 20 years said. “It’s going to be a good change.”
The project, which begins June 10, is the first remodeling project the LaGrange store has undergone since opening in 1979. The renovated store will feature a modern new shopping environment with the latest display fixtures, new tile flooring, ceilings and energy-efficient lighting, as well as updated restrooms and fitting rooms.
Construction is underway and will be completed in September, prior to the store’s grand re-opening on Oct. 10. The store will remain open throughout the project.
“We are thrilled to be updating our store and creating an exciting new shopping experience for our loyal customers in the LaGrange community,” store manager Tony Palmer said. “The renovations will provide customers with a modern retail layout, decor and merchandise presentation, and allow us to expand assortments and add new selections throughout the store.”
The 67,000 square-foot store will now offer an extended selection of accessories and a newly expanded shoe department.
The store’s new modern jewelry and accessories departments will also feature “open sell” fixtures, making it easier for customers to make selections. Employees currently use keys to open fixtures containing jewelry and accessories, Palmer said.
“Belk is dedicated to its LaGrange customers and these improvements demonstrate our ongoing commitment to be the top department store of choice in our community,” Palmer said. “We want to satisfy the Southern lifestyle fashion needs of our customers like no one else and deliver the fashion they desire and the value they deserve.”
The new store layout is comparable to those of Newnan and Statesboro stores, Palmer said.
Belk owns and operates 47 stores throughout Georgia.