Ames plans 'You haul it, you can have it' giveaway

March 25, 1992|By David Michael Ettlin | David Michael Ettlin,Staff Writer

Deciding it is cheaper to give away than move the remaining furnishings and equipment at three defunct Ames department stores in the Baltimore area, the company's liquidator-consultant is inviting the public to haul them away.

The Ames outlets at 5401 Baltimore National Pike, in the Southdale Shopping Center at Mountain Road and Ritchie Highway, and at 8514 Liberty Road will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow for the giveaway.

"We decided to do it this way -- everybody has an equal opportunity," said Rick Lertzman, equipment and fixtures manager for Lenco, an Ohio-based liquidation company. Schools, charities and even other retail businesses could benefit from the one-day disposal, Mr. Lertzman said.

"Everything left is free -- clothing racks, office desks, chairs, files, mirrors, counters, work tables," he said. "Immediate removal, first-come, first-served. Just pull it out."

The three stores must be vacated by Saturday, and "we figured this was the easiest way to clean out," Mr. Lertzman said. "It's too expensive to pack it up and ship it."

Ames, which operated 371 stores in 15 states, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April 1990, unable to handle its debt after buying the Zayre discount chain in 1988.

The company is closing 77 unprofitable stores nationwide, including four of its 40 Maryland outlets.

The fourth Maryland store is at 2501 Belair Road in Baltimore.

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