The shop closed its doors in January at 3491 W. Siebenthaler Ave.
“We moved for a bigger opportunity, bigger space,” Richardson, a graduate of Wright State University and Belmont High School, said. “We are going to be able to showcase a lot more small businesses.”
The new 4,000-square-foot space, formerly part of Katie’s Hallmark store, has built-in dressing rooms and an office.
Her former location was 3,200 square feet.
If all goes as planned, TheZe DealZ will be the first of at least three businesses to open in the Northwest Shopping Plaza in the coming months.
— Dayton chef Anthony Head plans to open the Chicken Spot there in July.
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— Hibbett Sporting Goods plans to open a location in the plaza on June 15, Sam Killian, a real estate manager for the Birmingham, Ala. based company, confirmed.
It will employ six to eight people.
Richardson said she is pleased by the development in the plaza. Her shop had been located in a standalone business.
Richardson said it hosted events ranging from concerts to fashion shows and became a community meeting place.
“A lot of relationships have been built between myself and customers and customer to customer,” Richardson said.
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Before opening the shop nearly two years ago, Richardson worked as a social worker for Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services.
She said she opened that shop to fill a void on the west side of Dayton.
“We didn’t have quality thrift in our community,” she said. “Eventually, I want want to be able to employ people with disabilities.”
Richardson said she and her three-member staff strive to create a boutique-like atmosphere.
Shoppers from Dayton, its suburbs and other parts of the state visited the prior location, she said.
“We offer a lot of personal attention to our customers,” Richardson said. “A lot of customers say I didn’t thrift before I came to your store.”