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New Clothes Mentor store ready to start buying

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On Monday, women will have a new place to sell their used clothes in Rochester.

Clothes Mentor, a shop buying and selling gently used women's clothing, will open its doors at 10 a.m. Monday to begin buying clothes to build up its stock, says owner Stacey Kollasch.

Kollasch, who also has a store in Eden Prairie, is opening her new Clothes Mentor at at 3851 Marketplace Dr. N.W. That's by the north SuperTargetin the spot last occupied by Erik's Bike Shopbefore it rode off to south Rochester.

Clothes Mentor is a franchise that pays cash on the spot for used women's clothing. It focuses on clothing that's two years old or less and then it re-sells the clothing for about a third of what it was priced when new.

Starting Monday, the Rochester shop will begin buying to fill its 3,500-square-foot space. Clothes Mentor will then just buy inventory for six to eight weeks and hopefully begin selling sometime in November.

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While Clothes Mentor doesn't deal in men's or children's clothing, it does buy anything and everything from a woman's closet.

"We cater to women who are early 20s to any age after that," Kollasch has said. "We buy casual clothes, business attire, athletic clothing, maternity clothes, petite clothes… So basically, anything a woman has."

The store also buys boots, shoes, coats, designer handbags, jewelry, and even perfume.

The store will have staff buyers on hand Monday to get things going, and Kollasch says she is still looking to hire employees for the Med City store. She expects to need between 10 to 12 employees to staff this location.

This is the ninth Clothes Mentor store in Minnesota.

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