The new year is looking good for a new Texarkana business coming to town. A new retail department chain, Burkes Outlet, is set to open in the Texarkana Pavilion shopping center in early spring.

"We are shooting for April 6, 2017 as our Grand Opening but a lot depends on the completion of the construction work being done at the store location," said District Manager Terri Sanford.

The new location will be inside the old Goody's store.

"Beall's Inc. is the parent company of Burkes Outlet specializing in brands you love and trust . . . . styles and fashion you want," said Sanford.

The nearest Burkes Outlet stores right now are in Mt. Pleasant and Longview, Texas, but Burkes has been looking to expand its store locations throughout Texas, and Sanford said they're happy to be a part of the growing Texarkana community.

"Our new store is expected to hire between 20 - 25 employees in every position available."

Anyone interested in applying for a particular position will be able to apply online on the Burkes Outlet website beginning the last week of February through the first week of March.

Burke's is nationally recognized with over 400 stores nationwide offering its customers name brand clothing for all members of the family including shoes, sports apparel, home decor, bedding, seasonal items, toys and other accessories discounted up to 70 percent off from other retailers.