Going out of Business: Belk to close

The long time Belk store, which features modern Southern Style apparel, is closing its doors in January.

All 25 Culpeper employees in the 27,000 square-foot store were notified of the closure last Friday.

â??We have decided to close our Belk store at Dominion Square Shopping Center after a careful evaluation of our business plans and competitive position in the Culpeper market,â? Jessica Graham, Belkâ??s vice president of communications and community relations wrote in an email. â??We believe closing the store is in the best long-term interests of Belk and our stockholders.â?

Graham said that all employees in good standing have been offered a transfer to other stores. However, those employees who choose not to transfer will be offered a severance package.�

â??A going out of business sale is scheduled to begin in mid-November, and the store is expected to close in mid-January,â? Graham wrote.

Belk, which opened in Culpeper in 1986, was one of the major anchors in Dominion Square Shopping Center and the only major clothing retail outlet in the shopping center after JCPenney closed more than four years ago.

Belk traces its southern roots to its founding by William Henry Belk in 1888 in Monroe, North Carolina.

â??Belk is the nation’s largest privately owned mainline department store company with more than 300 fashion department stores in 16 contiguous southern states and sales totaling $3.5 billion in its past fiscal year,â? according to the Belk website.

The department store chain boasts more than 20,000 employees.

At the same time Belk announced the closing of the Culpeper store, the company also notified employees at its store in Eden Mall in Eden, North Carolina that it was also closing.

With the closing of the Culpeper store, the closest Belk department stores will be in Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg and Charlottesville.