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Bealls discount retailer coming to Prescott

Meredith Seiverd/Courtesy photo<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Bealls discount retailer, selling apparel, accessories and décor, is coming to Prescott. Above is the chain's Sedona store.

Meredith Seiverd/Courtesy photo<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Bealls discount retailer, selling apparel, accessories and décor, is coming to Prescott. Above is the chain's Sedona store.

PRESCOTT - A Florida-based discount retailer announced plans to open a store in late March next to C-A-L Ranch on Willow Creek Road here.

Bealls (pronounced Bells) will occupy an existing 26,000-square-foot building, said Jim Simpson, vice president for real estate for Bealls and Burkes in Bradenton, Fla.

"We have been working on Prescott for the past seven or eight months," Simpson said. "We are very excited to open the store."

Simpson said the store management will hire about 25 people, and will begin accepting applications on site in February.

"We are looking at Arizona as a growth state for Bealls, so our prototype store is 20,000 square feet-plus," he said.

Bealls currently has seven stores in the greater Phoenix area, including Sun City West, Surprise, Buckeye, Mesa, Apache Junction and Sun Lakes. Bealls also has an outlet store in Sedona.

Bealls operates in 17 states with 472 outlet stores, Simpson said.

"Our stores have apparel for the entire family, home décor, accessories and shoes," Simpson said. "Our store offers name brands at up to 70 percent off other store prices."

Bealls, founded in 1915, sells a variety of clothing, including tops and blouses, dresses, jeans, pants, shorts, skirts, capris, sweaters, robes and maternity wear, according to its website.

Men's clothing includes polo shirts, T-shirts, dress shirts, underwear and pajamas. The company also provides children's and babies' clothing.

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