Fall is here, bringing along a burst of new businesses in the area, including national department store Von Maur.
The store’s grand opening at Perimeter Mall is scheduled for the beginning of November. Just one year after opening at Northpoint Mall in Alpharetta, the opening this fall will mark the second Southeast region location for the store.
Jim von Maur, president of the store, couldn’t be more excited for the opportunities the opening will bring to the Perimeter area.
“The opportunity arose when Bloomingdale’s decided to vacate their building,” he said. “It’s a quality mall and a center we’ve always wanted to be in.”
The store is expecting to employ 275-325 full- and part-time associates. “We’re creating a lot of construction jobs, and then we’re going to employ a significant amount of people,” von Maur said.
The 140-year-old family-based company with 27 stores in 11 states added 2,500 employees last year, increasing the count to nearly 4,000. For this location alone, the store has already hired hundreds of employees and has added six executive positions.
In addition to the jobs created in the area, the store hopes to satisfy customers with its high level of customer service.
“The main thing we’re going to do for the community is bring in a whole different type of shopping experience,” von Maur said. This new experience includes live piano music and plush seating in the store, different sales every week and services such as free gift wrapping, a free charge card and free delivery to anywhere in America.
With the charge card, customers can carry a balance and enjoy no fees or interest rates. Customers can also enjoy the free delivery service on in-store orders, a favorable feature during the holidays.
Von Maur credits the success of the company to its company culture, and the quality of the employees.
The store bases its operations on family-oriented values, closing on major holidays such as the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, to allow employees to spend time with family and friends. In previous years, the store closed on Sundays to reflect religious values.
“That’s the way we’ve been doing it for 140 years so we decided not to change,” he said.
For more information, visit vonmaur.com.