Boscov’s is going to change how Erie shops! Once in a blue moon you make a friend who will always tell you the truth & gives you great advice. My dear friend, Bev, is one of those people that I can always count on. We worked together years ago, so we don’t see each other very often, but we always kept in touch. I was really surprised that she pounced on me within minutes of liking the new Facebook page for Boscov’s, a new department store that is coming to town. This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links.

Bev couldn’t wait to tell me why she can’t wait for Boscov’s to open. She lives in Erie & has gone out of her way for the past 10 years to drive 6 hours one way to shop at Boscov’s in Harrisburg to buy Women’s clothing! 

The availability of professional clothing for a bigger girl at Boscov's is exceptional. They carry clothes for every size & age group, and if you can't find an item in store, they will get it for you! They carry the most up to date styles & it's not old lady clothes in the Misses department. It's really cool stuff! --- Bev in ErieClick To Tweet

Petites, Plus and Big & Tall

Boscov’s Department Store Has It All

When you wear a Women’s Plus size, clothing options are limited. Many stores don’t carry larger sizes, and if they do it’s often a limited selection or not appropriate for a professional position. It’s been challenging for Bev to find professional clothes in her size that actually fit. Often larger clothes fit like a sack and lack the fine details and quality that you find in upscale brands.

Designer clothes? In Plus sizes? Pffft! Many designers seem to think that women’s sizes stop at either a 12, 14 or 16, but Boscov’s Department Store is different! They carry a wide selection of clothes in all sizes. They have large selections for petite and plus size women, in both casual and career wear, all in the latest trends & upscale designer brands. Extended sizes go up to 5X in the Women’s department for Plus size women & up to a 5X in the Men’s Big and Tall department. 

3 Reasons Why Boscov’s Will Change the Way Erie Shops

There are 3 critical factors when you shop: selection, price and service. Boscov’s has great selection, and my friend Bev raves about how easy it is to find what you’re looking for. In the Plus Size Women’s section she can see where the cocktail & evening gowns, plus size professional wear, and the casual and cruise wear is located. It’s just as easy to find the Petites.

What Bev loves about Boscov’s is that you don’t have to dig for stuff because it is visually organized. What really sets Boscov’s apart for Bev, and the reason she drives halfway across the state to find a Boscov’s is because of their wide selection, amazing sales & outstanding customer service. There is a sincerity that comes across with the staff at Boscov’s & they are genuinely interested in helping their customers.

It's easy to find what you are looking for & the staff at Boscov's are always friendly, truly! They are so accommodating. --- Bev in Erie PAClick To Tweet

Unbeatable Sales

Literally as I was talking to Bev on the phone, she was pulling things out of her closet that she bought at Boscov’s, reading the labels, and telling me about the amazing deals she got. 75% of the clothes in her closet have come from Boscov’s because of their consistently wide selection of stylish clothes, high quality and great deals. Bev looks for bargains & quality. She’s not in the market for cheap, Chinese knockoffs. As a professional woman she wants her clothes to reflect her personal values of quality and excellence in everything that she does. She pulled a Calvin Klein Women’s Blouse out of her closet that was originally marked $89.50 that she got for $9.99 during Boscov’s end of season clearance sale. Bev has gotten end of season deals at 50%-90% off the retail price. 

I can always find a great deal at Boscov's! The sales are unbeatable. --- Bev in Erie PAClick To Tweet

Shopping You Can Get Excited About!

Now if you want a good laugh, here is the rest of the story. I was delighted to talk to my old friend & hear about the new store, but I really needed to get a photo for this blog post. I thought I would pay the $5 for Boscov’s Non-profit Gala Preview for a Great Cause, where the money raised from entrance tickets went to 160 different non-profits in Erie. My favorite charity gets the money & I can go in to take a quick photo. Right?

I turned the corner to go to the Women’s department & who did I bump into? Bev! She had a stack full of clothes that she was walking into the fitting room with. She asked me to help her find something fabulous for a dressy cocktail event. How fun! Since I am a personal shopper, I couldn’t say no! Here are the 2 outfits that Bev selected: a Calvin Klein suit jacket with a black leather-like collar, matching pants & graphic print tie-neck knit blouse, and a super figure slimming Connected sheath dress in a ponte fabric with a long patterned center panel.

Slimming Dress & Calvin Klein Suit

The slimming dress was a definite yes, and the Calvin Klein suit fit fantastic. Perfect attire for a dressy cocktail event. The shoes, well not so much. Next destination: shoe department!

Everything You Need is at Boscov’s

Boscov’s is so much more than clothes. They are a full service department store with designer brands & bargains galore in every department. They have something for every age, every style & every price range. Boscov’s second floor has $.99 cards across from the candy department and a “Bargain Central” department with savings up to 80% OFF, where you can always grab a great bargain. They were jam packed with deals and had Totes Umbrellas for $4.99 (regularly $20)! 

Mr. Boscov’s Favorite Find

I met Jim Boscov, the Chairman & CEO of Boscov’s Department Stores, who was walking around the store chatting with customers. He has been spending a lot of time in Erie & actually came to Erie once a week while the store was being constructed and entirely renovated. I asked him what his favorite Grand Opening deal was & he showed me the Black & Decker 7 cu ft microwaves that are on sale for $39.99 (reg $99.99). Working as a Personal Shopper I track the deals & that is an unheard of price for a top brand microwave!

While smaller microwaves are fine for a college dorm room to pop popcorn, I generally steer my clients away from them because they just don’t have the power. When you are looking for a microwave that will be a workhorse for everyday use, you want to get a microwave with 1000 watts of power or more. Then he turned around and said, “That’s great, but let me show you something I’m even more proud of.” We turned around and he showed me Black & Decker 1000 watt, 1.1 cu ft microvaves for $49.99 (reg $99.99-129.99)! 

Black & Decker microwave

Boscov’s Chairman & CEO, Jim Boscov with the Black & Decker 1000 watt, 1.1 cu ft microwave

Boscov’s Passes the Deals Directly on to the Customer

I commented that $49.99 for a 1000 watt microwave was an fantastic price & asked if it was a loss leader (a deeply discounted item that sells below cost to get people into stores). Jim Boscov’s answer was straightforward. He explained that with the large number of stores that Boscov’s has, that they are able to negotiate directly with the brands to get rock bottom prices. They spoke to Black & Decker and told them that they wanted to get something that was really going to wow the people of Erie for their Grand Opening. Black & Decker gave Boscov’s a fantastic deal so they could pass it on to their customers. 

Happy Customers

Many stores advertise a few products at deeply discounted prices, have limited availability & when they sell out they are gone. Boscov’s had deals around every corner & staff were constantly re-stocking products, even the doorbuster deals. I asked Jim Boscov about that. He told me that when you only have 5 of an item & they sell out, you have 5 happy customers and 500 unhappy customers. Jim Boscov wants every customer walking out of Boscov’s to be happy. His buyers make sure that they have enough stock for everyone that wants to buy it. Furthermore, customer service is the number one priority for Jim. He is committed to wowing his customers with service and that comes from the top down. You will always find a great deal at Boscov’s, not just during the Grand Opening.

Is the Petite Department Really That Big?

Oh, and yes, the Petite department is gigantic! It literally takes up the entire width of the store. I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. This content has been sponsored by Boscov’s in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own (and Bev’s). P.S. Pick up a pound of Boscov’s very own homemade fudge while you are there. It is on special for 50% off during the Grand Opening. Check out my post on Boscov’s Erie PA Grand Opening.

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