CARBONDALE — Ross Dress for Less will host a grand opening at 9 a.m. today at University Mall.

Ross Dress for Less occupies a 22,214-square-foot space next to Bed Bath and Beyond.

Visitors can enter for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree and five, second prizes of a $100 shopping spree.

Ross Stores Inc., operating under the name Ross Dress for Less, is headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., and is the third-largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with more than 1030 stores in 29 states and Guam.

Ross Dress for Less offers fashion for men, women and children, shoes, accessories and home décor.

“The leasing activity at University Mall this year has increased the occupancy of the center significantly by 61,918 square feet,” General Manager Debra Tindall said of University Mall in a news release. “With the new store openings, the mall has a broader merchandise selection for our shoppers with the addition of a second fine jewelry store, a women’s apparel store, a cookie store, a family shoe store and with the opening of Ross the mall has expanded merchandise offerings in the categories of men’s, women’s, children’s apparel, home furnishings and accessories.”

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