By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Retail | Issue: May 2009
Sales associate Ginger Rumsey and department sales manager Damon Garner display some of the lovely spring-themed dishes found in Belk’s housewares department.
The first Belk store was founded in 1888 with the philosophy of helping employees, customers and the community. This foundation has helped make Belk the largest family-owned department store operation in the United States.
Belk recently opened its newest store in the Tulsa Hills Shopping Center. If you are unfamiliar with Belk stores, they are known across the southeastern United States for having quality merchandise at fair prices, outstanding customer service, and a satisfaction-guaranteed policy. Belk offers multiple lines of clothing and shoes for men, women, juniors, and children, plus three major lines of cosmetics, fine jewelry and an outstanding housewares department. Belk personnel are attentive, friendly, and very helpful.
Store manager Victoria Martinez delights in talking about all of the promotions and activities Belk hosts to benefit those in the Tulsa metro area. “From the top of the Belk organization down, we care about people – our employees, our customers, and others in the communities we serve,” says Martinez.
On May 2, Belk will kick off the first of its two annual charity sales. The event will begin at 6 a.m. and conclude at 10 a.m. During those four hours, you may purchase a ticket for $5, which will go to one of the participating charities. Any and all 501c3 non-profit local organizations have been invited to participate to raise funds for their causes. Charity groups have already received charity sale admission tickets, which representatives are selling prior to the May 2nd event.
Victoria Martinez, store manager, says that the Kristin Davis collection of shoes offered exclusively at Belk is very popular this spring.
By purchasing a ticket, either at Belk or from someone representing one of the charities, you will receive 20 to 50 percent off merchandise throughout the store during the sales event. There will even be special savings offered on some name brands that are very rarely discounted. (Savings discounts will not apply to fragrances and cosmetics unless you open a Belk Rewards Card. In this case, you will save 15 percent on these items as well.)
And here’s the best news. You buy your admission ticket for $5, all of which goes to your favorite charity, then when you make your first purchase, the price will be discounted an additional $5 on top of saving 20 to 50 percent. Everybody wins! This will be a fun-filled four hours of shopping that benefits you, your family and your favorite charity.
On Sunday, March 29, Belk launched its first annual Teachers’ Day event to recognize and thank those in the community who make huge impacts on the lives of children. Teachers and anyone affiliated with local public or private schools were invited to Teachers’ Day to enjoy great food provided by Café Bona, Chili’s, and Barbie’s Cakes.
Those in attendance also had the opportunity to register for $1,500 worth of great prizes, including gift certificates to local restaurants, a day of beauty at Belk with a complete skincare and cosmetic makeover, Belk personal shopper gift certificates, and more. “Belk likes to party,” says Martinez, “and we will be sponsoring many more events at our store, including fashion shows and a ladies night out event.”
If you have yet to visit the new Belk at Tulsa Hills, the charity sale on May 2 is the perfect time for you to get acquainted with the store while reaching out to help others.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.