Oil and Gas Safety Supply moving to the mall

T-L Photo/CARRI GRAHAM The former Toys R Us store in St. Clairsville is about to be home to a new business.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A new businesses is moving to the Ohio Valley Mall next month.

An existing local business, Oil and Gas Safety Supply, is moving to the mall in June. Joe Bell, director of corporate communications for the Cafaro Co., which operates the mall, said the company is targeting its move for June 10.

The supply company is moving from its current location on National Road west of St. Clairsville to the old Toys R Us building. The Toys R Us store closed its doors for good last June, part of a chain-wide series of store closures.

According to Bell, the “woman-owned business” was founded in Washington, Pennsylvania, and will be taking over the entire 33,000-square-foot toy store building.

The store sells a variety of boots, shoes, flame-retardant clothing, and safety and protection supplies, among other products geared toward workers in the natural gas and oil industry.

Remodeling of the building, which stands on the perimeter of the mall property, is underway.

The Toys R Us building is one of several large spaces that have been vacated at the mall over the past couple of years — and it also is one a several to be filled with a new tenant. As brick and mortar retail stores have struggled across the nation, some of the businesses that have closed at the mall include Kmart and Elder-Beerman.

The area previously occupied by Kmart largely has been demolished; a new Dunham’s sporting goods store and a four-story Hampton Inn & Suites will be built in that same area. A Marshalls store opened in a portion of the former Elder-Beerman site in September 2017, and the Tilt Studio arcade now occupies another part of that former store location.

Several other smaller retailers have closed at the mall as well. Some of those include Things Remembered, MC Sports, Kitchen Collection and hh gregg, which was replaced by Levin Furniture.

One recent addition to the mall is a Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic, which opened in April. It was announced later that month, though that the Sears anchor store — the first retailer to actually open its doors at the mall 41 years ago — will close this summer.