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Keep BonWorth Inc, doors open

    1. Debi McBride
    2. Petition by

      Debi McBride

      Bristol, TN

BonWorth CEO is closing the doors to BonWorth, Inc. Yes, this is something the owner/founder of BonWorth, Loren Wells can decide to do.  Yet this decision effects many workers (1,000+) it also effects 16,000+ customers throughout the United States and those whom come to the US from other countries to buy women's clothing from a  BonWorth Store for themselves or a favorite mom/aunt/sister or friend.  If you or you know someone that is a BonWorth customer or has bought from us, for someone, YOU KNOW SOMETHING has to be done to keep the stores open and the BonWorth legacy alive.  

BonWorth Ladies are seeking to first keep the BonWorth Headquarters doors open located in Hendersonville, North Carolina, which should keep stores/jobs opened to thousands of people, in the other parts of the United States.

Asking everyone to contact the Governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory to help keep the BonWorth Headquarters open.


Send him signed petitions/ in person/by fax 

Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
Phone: (919) 814-2000
Fax: (919) 733-2120

Governor Pat McCrory believes it is important for government to have a culture of customer service and work together with you to help you solve problems.

Keep BonWorth Inc, doors open

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Loren Wells takes a new position in BonWorth transition.

      Debi McBride
      Petition Organizer

      Loren Wells has stepped down as CEO of BonWorth, He has created another incorporation of sorts called SANS USA, where he is the chairman of this company, He let his ladies in the stores still open believing he sold the company. Not convinced. And no one in the stores that are still open has a clue what is going on, who the new owner is, if he indeed sold the company to whom? That is no way to run a company. Still no assurance Loren won't close another store or more of them.
      His signature on the new ownership may not be worth stopping this petition, yet your signatures are very valuable.
      Keep sharing to get others to sign this petition. The first 300 signature made an impact on Gov. Pat McCory, to intercede, now we need to get stores reopened in areas that served BonWorth ladies.

    2. 452 signatures so far.

      Debi McBride
      Petition Organizer

      We have reached 325 hand signature sent into Gov. Pat McCrory, plus 114 here and several individuals sent in their own petitions to the Governor to let him know how important this petitions is to KEEP BONWORTH DOORS OPEN.
      Keep signing this petition to send those signatures to Governor Pat McCrory and Loren Wells to do the right thing.

    3. Keeping jobs here for US workers. Keep The BonWorth Doors Open part1

      Debi McBride
      Petition Organizer

      The following is info that many do not know. It also will bring more unemployment to the US citizens that are already here seeking jobs.

      This is an excerpt from Pure Elements Clothing Company hiring clause:
      “If you are a foreign professional looking for employment in the United States, consider applying to Pure Elements Clothing Co Inc. Located in New York, New York, Pure Elements Clothing Co Inc submitted 1 H-1B Labor Condition Application (LCA) for the US Department of Labor to process in 2012. This is about average for companies processing H1-B's.
      [See part 2 post]

    4. Keeping jobs here for US workers. Keep The BonWorth Doors Open part 2

      Debi McBride
      Petition Organizer

      "It is important to keep in mind that the number of LCA's processed is not synonymous with the number of foreign professionals who end up obtaining an H-1B Visa. Once an application is processed, it must be certified by the US Department of Labor. In 2012, the government certified the 1 application that Pure Elements Clothing Co Inc submitted. A prospective employee must also apply to the government for the visa and/or admission.”
      Another reason to consider working at Pure Elements Clothing Co Inc: the high pay. The average salary of a foreign professional at Pure Elements Clothing Co Inc is $125,000, which is 98% higher than the average salary for all H-1B job positions.
      Keep signing this petition to let Loren Wells know, Americans want jobs here in America and to keep BonWorth in America with US citizens workers, to Keep America Strong and BonWorth Doors Open.

    5. Keeping America Strong, Keep The BonWorth Doors Open

      Debi McBride
      Petition Organizer

      The news may seem good that Loren Wells is considering selling the BonWorth company to a company called Pure Elements Clothing Company. From all appearances this company does not have US employees. Pure Elements clothing company does state it already has 12,000 employees. With PECC headquarters in One Time Square[this is only a showroom], not a retail store. The other PECC locations list a Coppell, TX address, which is a very nice house in a cul de sac. There other locations are DELHI, DHAKA, JAKARTA.
      This does not sound like Loren Wells is looking out for American workers or BonWorth customers.

    6. Saving Jobs, Saves America, Keeps Us Strong

      Debi McBride
      Petition Organizer

      Once again, Thank You to all whom are signing here to show your commitment to Keeping The BonWorth Doors Open. We have reached the next goal of 100 signatures here, moving to next goal of 1,000.
      Sometimes individuals need to stand strong/committed for a higher good to come. That is the main reason for this petition to reach that higher good for all. A WIN WIN result.
      I hope Loren Wells and Gov. Pat McCrory can see that allowing BonWorth to transition into an ESOP agreement, this will bring that WIN WIN results.
      To those that do not know much about ESOP and ALL the benefits it would have on BonWorth CEO, employees, customers, the economy and keeping America more stronger here are some links to read.



      I will be updating with more ESOP article & links in my next post. Keep the BonWorth Doors Open keeps unemployment down.

    7. Reached 100 signatures
    8. Keeping BonWorth doors open...they are listening to this petition

      Debi McBride
      Petition Organizer

      I received a recent news article http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20140402/ARTICLES/140409989

      Your signatures are getting attention to what you are signing and supporting this petition for "Keeping Bonworth doors open"
      Thank you to everyone that have already signed here...You have made a positive difference in many lives.
      We still need to reach the goal of more signatures here AND of course believe with each other for a positive buyer, even for BonWorth to be open to become an ESOP company. Meaning with BonWorth employees having
      "ownership" of the company. It would be a team effort as many BonWorth employees already have that team leadership within many of the stores.
      We can set an example of Godly leadership in the country.
      Thank you for being a part of this team effort to be a positive change!!

      BonWorth officials looking to sell, not close, company

      Locally owned BonWorth Inc. is making an effort to keep its doors open, with officials looking to sell instead of close the 40-year-old company. Rumors began circulating in January that the Hendersonville-based women's fashion retailer would be closing, potentially affecting customers and employees of its 200 retail locations throughout 36 states.

    9. Your the best

      Debi McBride
      Petition Organizer

      If anyone is reading my post, your the best. Passing the word, since I just was made aware of this in my email, Change.org may send out emails to have signer pay a $$donations to reach more signatures. Please Do Not Do this. I am seeking true signers. We do not wish to get mixed up in "paying" people to sign this petition. We can receive this VICTORY on our integrity. Thanks for passing this post on. And I apologize for this method of the Change.org corporation.

    10. We are reaching the goal, every signature is VALUABLE

      Debi McBride
      Petition Organizer

      We now have 52 online signatures. Reaching out for those additional 48+ online signatures here to boost the visibility to more online petitioners.
      So far, every Change.org petition reaches VICTORY stage. That's the goal...victory in keeping the doors of as many stores open as we can. I am Contacting some people for hand signature to be fax mid April. More update from this weekend on Mon.

    11. Reached 50 signatures
    12. Every signature is being recognized as valuable

      Debi McBride
      Petition Organizer

      I am still pursuing this petition and checking in to see the next goal reached of 100 signatures here on this site. Reaching out to receive more hand signatures as well. Currently have 322 hand signatures. Will post here, total hand signatures, when we reach the 100th online signature. Keep signing, we can do this, united.

    13. 64 more signatures needed to reach first goal.

      Debi McBride
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all that have signed so far, we are still short signatures to reach our first goal here online. I am still pursuing this goal. 64 more signature here to reach the 100th mark here online. This will get this petition to more people that hopefully will Keep BonWorth doors opened and keep the jobs already in those stores. A sale of the company by another company that already has employees does not guarantee current BonWorth employees will keep their jobs. This is part of this petition to make this issues important too. Thanks to you all for signing.

    14. More signatures are needed.

      Debi McBride
      Petition Organizer

      Still need minimum of 67 here. Need more of your "voices" to reach the goal, we can do it.

    15. Reached 25 signatures
    16. Tweeted Governor Pat McCory

      Debi McBride
      Petition Organizer

      I just tweeted Governor Pat McCrory about BonWorth in his Home State and included the link to our petition. Show him those signatures here. I am setting a date[March 1] to Fax all current hand sign signature list that anyone has at that time. I have 300 hand signature as of today.

    17. Reached 10 signatures
    18. Banding Together

      Debi McBride
      Petition Organizer

      Thank YOU to ALL the signers so far. Continue to help add more signers. Here is the goal we are going to reach and why.
      Just found out yesterday the CEO has been wishing to sell the company for the past 5 years. And that as employee's of the company we can band together to buy out the company, using STATE & FEDERAL FUNDING.
      I am open to receive more information on how we can accomplish this goal, thus more signature are needed.
      I am a open to keep the BonWorth legacy that Loren & Bonnie Wells created, and I believe that Loren believes that too. Our customers, through their purchases, believe in all that the Wells have created and wish for the legacy started to continue.
      So as signers we are letting others know how we feel, what we wish to accomplish, keeping jobs, and we need to band together to see this through, keeping the integrity of the BonWorth name in what we are doing.

    19. Reached 5 signatures
    20. BonWorth for Sale?

      Debi McBride
      Petition Organizer

      If the CEO is not willing to sell, asking the Gov to step in with a competent buyer to stop anymore job losses. Signing this petition and getting the attention & signatures to Gov.Pat McCrory to accomplish this mission. He believe that his state has an unemployment rate of 8%. If someone doesn't intervenue NC unemployment rate will rise to 58%, with alot of dissatisfied women tourist to his state.
      Many of these BonWorth ladies travel through NC, buying gas, food, travel needs, on their way to Florida, with many stopping @ the BonWorth Headquarters Store/Hendersonville, NC to shop. It's a Rite of Passage for many of these women.
      So Gov. Pat McCrory, do what you said you would do for your constituency,
      "Governor Pat McCrory believes it is important for government to have a culture of customer service and work together with you to help you solve problems."
      Let's get the job done, and save jobs & have Happy women traveling through your state!


    Reasons for signing

    • mary mills GRAND ISLAND, NE
      • 1 day ago

      clothes are great love the price please don't close

    • Sylvia Damsell MONCTON, CANADA
      • 18 days ago

      Bon Worth is my favourite store for good quality, affordable clothing. When I cross the border i always look for a Bon Worth. i am then wearing exclusive clothes , which are so different to what I can buy close to home. Such a shame! We older ladies need Bon Worth!

    • Nancy Schroder HUNTSVILLE ON, CANADA
      • 21 days ago

      Bon Worth caters to the older woman and with sizes you can actually wear. They have always had great pricing. I have shopped there whenever I am in the States

      • 22 days ago

      bon worth is the only store that you are able to buy decent clothing at decent prices. Very nice clothing. It would be a great lose to close the stores; not to mention the loss of jobs and the revenue which is generated into the communities.

    • Margaret Queen JONESBORO, GA
      • 24 days ago

      You're the best retailer around. I've worn your clothes since I was a young adult. Pls stay in business. Tks.


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