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Plato’s Closet to open new store, buy teen clothes

Plato’s Closet to open new store, buy teen clothes

A six-week buying spree will begin Thursday when the Capital Region’s second Plato’s Closet used tee

ROTTERDAM — A six-week buying spree will begin Thursday when the Capital Region’s second Plato’s Closet used teen apparel store opens at the Rotterdam Square mall.

Plato’s Closet, Winmark Corp.’s buying and selling retail chain, this week will start building its inventory of high school and college fashions. The retailer, which heavily stocks gently used Abercrombie & Finch, Aeropostale and Hollister brands, expects to buy 10,000 articles of clothing before it starts selling them in mid-February.

The Rotterdam Square opening comes less than two years after Neil and Kellie Robertson in February 2006 established the region’s first Plato’s on Central Avenue in Albany. The Delmar couple pay $3 to $10 cash per unit of clothing, and more for designer brands.

“We’re opening the store with no inventory. So we’ll only be buying clothes for the first month,” said Kellie Robertson.

At 2,800 square feet, the Rotterdam Plato’s will be smaller than the 4,300-square-foot Albany store. The Rotterdam store will employ 15.

The Robertsons are considering opening next year a Once Upon a Child, another chain store that buys and sells infancy through middle school clothing. Once Upon A Child is also owned by Winmark in Minneapolis.

The first Plato’s opened in Columbus, Ohio. It was franchised in 1999 and there are now over 200 stores in North America.

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