Marnie Mead, Gerry Weis, Andy Colwell and I — all of the Erie Times-News already got the tour, and now you can get inside. Starting at 8 a.m. today, Gabriel Brothers Inc. opens its largest Gabe’s in the United States right here at Summit Towne Centre in Erie.
The 86,000-square-foot store (the former K-Mart) opens with special offers, prizes, food, music and family fun. Erie store manager Anthony Reynolds conducted an impressive tour. One big thing — the dressing rooms: bigger by almost double. And you’ll find more of everything — more brand names and a lot more merchandise.
We weren’t allowed to buy anything because the store was not officially open. And none of the merchandise from the other store is in the new one. What is in the new store? Brand names I had never seen in the other store, and I don’t think I’m allowed to tell you what they are, but trust me, you need to visit.
I learned to add Gabe’s to my shopping trips years ago, thanks to my daughter and a lawyer friend of mine. It’s a treat. A huge thanks to Gabe’s PR folks Christine Vanin and Brooke Woolnough of High View Communications for the invite and tour. And good luck to store manager Anthony Reynolds. He got to know a lot of customers by their first names in the old store, and I’m sure he’ll make more friends at the new place.