Blackwells Is Moving

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Bucking a national trend in which independent men's clothing stores are closing due to a variety of factors, the owner of Blackwells announced today that the store is kicking off an inventory-clearing sale next week in order to move to a larger location.

"We couldn't have asked for a better relationship with the owner of our current location. He's been terrific to us and the property is very good," Rex Blackwell said. "At the same time, it has taken a shift away from our type of retail in recent years to more restaurants. Everyone sees that our type of business will be a much better fit in our new spot."

Blackwells, which has been in business in Springfield for 23 years, has been in its current location nearly six years. The store, located at 900 E. Battlefield, will be open 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4:00 p.m. Sunday during the sale.

Sale starts Wednesday, March 6th, at 9:00am at current location (900 E. BATTLEFIELD). Blackwells will open in new location in the Brentwood Center, April 1.

The business is moving to Brentwood Center, directly across from Battlefield Mall. "It's a bigger spot -- 2,550 square feet compared to our current 1,750 square feet -- which will allow us to add a few new lines and also add depth to our current lines," Blackwell said. "We'll be in the former Nancy Rose location and we expect that we'll have more walk-by and walk-in traffic."

Blackwell said the new store will also have "a little more of a modern, industrial look and feel."

"A move of this scale always comes with its share of headaches but it's also an exciting growth opportunity at a time when we know so many stores across the country are struggling," Blackwell said. "We are extremely happy to move ahead with the next chapter in the Blackwells story in an exceptional, retail-oriented setting."

Blackwell has been in the men's clothing business for 38 years. He began his career in Bolivar, Mo., in 1974 with the purchase of a 60-year-old store. He sold that business in 1989 and opening Blackwells in Springfield in early 1990.

CONTACT: ERIC WOOLSON (515) 681-3967
or REX BLACKWELL (417) 887-8200

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