Driving along the interstate the past few months, it has been impossible to overlook the progress and construction happening at Central Mall’s Dillards store. Today, the crowds started lining up early to get a chance to win door prizes as they were the first to enter the newly redesigned and updated facility.
The ribbon cutting was well attended and both city mayors, Bob Bruggeman, Texas, and Ruth Penny Bell, Arkansas, who gave remarks about the incredible impact Dillard’s has had on the Texarkana community. Even the senior vice president of Dillards, Mr. Bill Dillard, III, was on hand to welcome the crowd to the new store.
Patsy Allen was the first person in line. “I’ve been a faithful Dillard’s shopper for years,” Allen explained. “I’m so excited to get inside and see the store.” She was one of hundreds who filled the parking lot and wrapped around the building to have a chance to win the $500 gift card being offered.
Once inside, the employees greeted customers with applause and warm smiles. The mood was pleasant and excited. The store has been expanded to house all that Dillards has to offer instead of the two separate stores they’ve previously had at Central Mall.
In order to accommodate the crowds expected and help new employees, Dillard’s brought in employees from their store in Little Rock. Mary Catherine Darsy was stationed in the children’s section at today’s opening and was delighted to help Chadra Giddens find something special for her grandchildren.
“The Dillards store is beautiful inside. If you haven’t been in, you need to see. It is a destination location for Texarkana,” Mayor Ruth Penny Bell commented.