Business Briefs: Goody's hiring staff at 15 Tennessee stores in switch to Gordmans

Staff Photo by Gillian Bolsover
Brooks Thompson, left, and Aimee Evans leave Goody's in Fort Oglethorpe Friday after shopping there for sale items. The chain announced that it would liquidate its remaining stores.

The off-price retail chain Gordmans, which is taking over the Goody's and Peebles Department stores, is hiring staff at 15 Tennessee Goody's stores that will be converted to the Gordmans brand on March 31.

The Houston-based retailer is a part of the Stage community of stores and has announced plans to convert its Goody's, Peebles and other department store name plates to Gordmans in 2020.

Gordmans is hiring for a variety of full-time, part-time and temporary positions, including sales associates, stockroom associates and other retail jobs. Interested candidates are invited to first apply online at and then visit a job fair from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at any of the locations, including Goody's stores at 341 Kimball Crossing Drive in Marion County, the Goody's store in McMinnville at 675 Sparta Street and the Goody's store in Tullahoma at 1905 North Jackson Street. The Goody's locations will soon be converted to Gordmans stores.

"Committed to putting the fun back into shopping, Gordmans has terrific deals, fun finds and popular name brands at every turn," company spokesman Sydney Edens said.

Goody's, which began in 1953 in Athens, Tennessee, and later moved its headquarters to Knoxville, grew to more than 500 stores before it filed for bankruptcy in 2008. Goody's was acquired from the bankruptcy court the following year by by Stage Stores, which now operates nearly 800 stores in 42 states under the Gordmans, Bealls, Palais, Royal and Peebles brands.

San Onofre plant to be dismantled

Seven years after the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station officially went offline, the eight-year process of physically dismantling the plant and knocking down the domes that have loomed over the landscape of Camp Pendleton for four decades is about to begin.

The plant's operator, Southern California Edison, said by the time work is complete, all that will remain will be two dry storage facilities housing canisters of used-up nuclear fuel from the days when the plant still produced electricity and a security building with personnel to look over the waste enclosed in casks.

All told, there are 3.55 million pounds of spent fuel at San Onofre. But the plant is far from the only facility with waste on its premises.

About 80,000 metric tons of used commercial fuel has accumulated at 121 sites in 35 states because the federal government has not found a repository where it can be stored.