A larger, brighter Beall's Outlet in Brooksville is part of a general expansion across the Sunbelt for Bradenton-based Beall's and Burkes Outlet.
Beall's has 18 grand openings scheduled for Friday, Feb. 26, and Friday, March 19, which follows 18 openings this past fall. Beall's and Burke's Outlet, a division of Beall's Inc., operates in 14 states, including Florida.
Of the 18 openings in the fall, 14 filled space formerly occupied by defunct Goody's department store locations. Goody's closed its stores in March 2009.
Another round of store openings is scheduled for October, again filling space vacated by Goody's.
In Brooksville, the existing Beall's Outlet in South Plaza at 1266 South Broad Street has been expanded into a 21,910-square-foot facility. The store opened for business on Friday, Feb. 12.
The ceremonial grand opening that begins on Feb. 26 will include a $5 gift card for the first 300 shoppers on Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27. There also will be a drawing for a $100 shopping spree and a weekend coupon will be available.
Beall's and Burke's Outlet, with more than 440 stores nationwide, will expand by 900,000 square feet total, a 10 percent increase in floor space. The 36 new stores average more than 25,000 square feet.
The Brooksville store employs a dozen associates and one store manager.
Writer: Carter Gaddis
Source: Patti Alderson, Beall's and Burke's Outlet