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The Closet offers discount prices on clothing

Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Stacey Kruger, (from left) Rebecca Wiersma and Shelly Everitt welcome customers to The Closet, a new business that has opened in the Northland Mall.

WORTHINGTON -- Grand Opening traffic kept all the associates hopping Thursday at The Closet.

The fashion outlet store, in the former Schweser's location in the Northland Mall, features quality merchandise at discount prices, and is owned by the same company that owns Schweser's. While the former store only sold women's apparel, The Closet carries clothing for men, women and children. Jewelry, accessories and gift items are also on hand.

And all prices are discounted.

"Everybody likes a deal," said operations manager Julie Grimm. "All week long we have had to keep the gate closed because everyone was so anxious to see what this was all about."

Grimm said The Closet will receive some of the in-season clearance merchandise from Schwesers, but will also carry items purchased exclusively for the new store. There will be new items almost every week.

"We're really excited about it," she explained.

"The prices are unbelievable," store supervisor Shelly Everitt stated. "We've had a very warm reception and people are excited. There is so much to look at."

The staff at The Closet is essentially the same staff from Schwesers.

According to Ty Smith of Schwesers, The Closet is based on the dollar store concept, but with higher quality merchandise and more fashion apparel.

"We are making a strong effort to appeal to all age brackets...," Smith stated via email. "The pricing is different in that we are marking everything down to a final price so that the lowest price you see on the ticket is the final price you pay."

Customers will not find these kinds of prices on similar quality merchandise anywhere else in Worthington, Smith added.

"Our prices will make you feel good about buying a new outfit, some new jewelry or a gift for yourself or a friend," he said. "We feel that we will offer the perfect mix of high quality merchandise and fashion with the low prices and value customers are looking for right now. We know the customers will love the prices and the new merchandise in this store, and we hope they will stop by frequently to see the new arrivals."

The conversion from Schwesers to The Closet was done in time for Thursday's opening, but Smith said they will still be receiving new goods for a few weeks. The layout of the store is different than that of Schwesers, and in some cases the apparel will be grouped by style so customers can easily see new arrivals.

The Closet will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.