PLAINFIELD — The Kids Kloset in Plainfield changed ownership at the beginning of the year and is now open after a renovation.
The store had a soft opening yesterday and the staff is planning for a grand re-opening in a few weeks.
“I had owned a Kids Kloset for three years and when the opportunity came to purchase an existing franchise we went for it,” said Bob Ferguson.
Ferguson and two partners, John Stone and Mark Arvin, have jumped into the Plainfield resale market.
“That’s the difference about this store,” Ferguson said. “It’s a resale shop not a consignment shop. People bring their items in and they receive cash for it. Then we re-sell it.”
The Plainfield Kids Kloset has been operating for nearly three years under previous ownership. The store stays busy as more and more people look to save money.
“I worked in children’s retail for more than 14 years,” Ferguson said. “When I looked at Kids Kloset I really believed in the concept. With the economy the way it is this is an ideal place.”
Ferguson owns his own Kids Kloset at Stop 11 and Arlington on the south side of Indianapolis.
There are five Kids Kloset franchises in the Indianapolis area.
Stone, who works in the real estate industry, said he got involved because it was a good opportunity.
“I know it works and we have a good team,” he said. “It just made sense to do this.”
Kids Kloset was founded by Kim Cassel, who opened the first store in Greenwood about 12 years ago.
“We are well known for our customer service,” Cassel said. “Once people come in they will come back again and again.”
Cassel said her customers love coming in just to see how the inventory changes.
“People love it and they are getting brand-name clothing at a fraction of the price,” she said.
Kids Kloset carries children’s clothing in sizes from 0 to 16 for girls and 0 to 20 for boys. There is also a full line of accessories to chose from.
The store carries things for newborns up through juniors. The staff also sells maternity wear.
Toys and furniture are also accepted and re-sold. A variety of equipment that has been cleaned and sanitized is also available. These types of items include strollers, high chairs, baby swings, exersaucers, bath tubs, potty stations, and new car seats.
“Basically we have anything that deals with children and mothers,” Cassel said.
And if any one store does not have an item a customer is seeking, they will look to other franchises.
The Plainfield store is now open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. It can be found at 140 N. Perry Road in Plainfield.
For returning customers, the store’s phone number did change with the new ownership. The store’s new phone number is 839-1394.
For more information about Kids Kloset, visit the website at www.kidsklosetstore.com.