batavia — Terry Frair and several other Label Shopper managers and other staff were busy putting clothes on racks Thursday as the clock continued to tick down to Saturday’s opening in Batavia.

The merchandise had arrived two days earlier and everyone started to get the new store set up in BJ’s Plaza on Lewiston Road.

“We’re opening Saturday afternoon. We’re actually ahead of the game,” said Frair of the preparation. “We’re doing extremely well. I have four managers from other stores and staff here doing this.”

Peter Harris Clothes, the parent company of Label Shopper and its sister store, Peter Harris Clothes, owns 70 stores total. Most of them are Label Shoppers. The company is based in Latham, N.Y. Its president is Peter Elitzer. Elitzer founded Peter Harris Clothes in 1970.

Among the 70 locations are Label Shopper stores in Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia. In New York, there are Label Shopper stores within a couple of hours of Batavia, in places like Dunkirk and Syracuse, and in Bradford, Pa. also about two hours away, said Frair, a district manager.

Peter Harris Clothes has New York state locations in East Greenbush, Horseheads, Latham, New Paltz and Queensbury.

The entire inside of the space Label Shopper occupies in Batavia had to be redone, Frair said. Mod Enterprises completed the renovations.

The new store will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. It has clothing in Misses, Juniors, Plus, Men’s and Kids sizes, and shoes.

There will be a soft opening this weekend with a formal opening event at a later date, Frair said.

“We thought it was a strong community,” she said of the decision to open a new store in Batavia. They talked to the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce and the other local officials to see what space was available.

The district manager said there will probably be seven to 12 employees on permanent staff, both full-time and part-time there.

“We have longevity in our staff in all our stores,” Frair said. “I’ve been here with the company for 32 years. In my district, most of my managers have been here at least 15 years.

“We’re still currently hiring. I’m looking for five positions — supervisor positions,” she added. “We’re excited to open a store in Batavia and welcome the community.”

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