Maurices expanding, ready for new location

About a week before classes begin, back-to-school shoppers will have more to peruse at Maurices at the Nittany Mall.

The women’s clothing store plans to move to a larger location within the mall, with a grand opening date set for Aug. 19. The store will take the 7,500-square-foot space vacated by a Hollister Co. store. Maurices’ current location across from the Bon-Ton is about 2,500 square feet.

“We’re getting a total remodel,” said Annie Shumway, a co-store manager.

The expanded store will feature “live decor,” or the newest merchandise the chain offers, Shumway said. With the extra space, the store plans on carrying a larger collection of clothing, including a potential active wear line.

Maurices looked at remodeling at its current location in January. But once the larger space opened up a few months later, the store’s management saw a good fit.

The store will be closed from Aug. 12 to Aug. 15 for the move. Shumway said Maurices is looking to hire help for the move in addition to temporary sales associates for the upcoming season.

Roger Van Scyoc: 814-231-4698, @rogervanscy