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Boscov’s opens first Ohio store

February 25, 2014
By KAYLA VAN DYNE - Times Leader Staff Writer , Times Leader

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - In the last year, there have been massive changes made to the Ohio Valley Mall.

The much needed facelift came when the national retailer Boscov's made its Ohio debut, filling the space that was once occupied by the J. C. Penney's and Levin Furniture.

Overall, Boscov's has occupied 180,000 square feet and opened in October.

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ALbert Boscov shares the microphone with Shirley Jones. Jones attended the ribbon cutting for Boscov’s on Sunday.

According to Joe Bell, director of communications for the Cafaro Company, the addition of Boscov's has brought a whole new variety to the Ohio Valley Mall and has created a lot of excitement.

The addition of Boscov's caused several stores to move and receive facelifts, such stores include Victoria Secret, Shoe Department and Playless, just to name a few. One of the biggest facelifts and updates that can be seen is the one made to Macy's.

With the upgrades, came additional restaurants such as Panda Express.

Boscov's is the largest family-owned department store chain and is currently celebrating 102 years of doing business. One of the unique points that Boscov's will bring to the customers of the Ohio Valley Mall is a wide selection of merchandise, competitive prices and superior service along with a few bonuses such as free gift wrapping and contests. The store opening brought 300 jobs to the residents of the Ohio Valley.

Albert Boscov serves as the chairman and CEO of the company and Jim Boscov serves as the vice chair. Albert will be the first person inducted into the Pennsylvania Retail Hall of Fame. Anthony Cafaro claims that Albert is a real pioneer of the retail industry.

"This will be our first step into Ohio and it is really a very good first step," said Albert. "We are very excited about the market, we are excited about the people and we are certainly excited about the Mall. Boscov's is a slightly different then most of your retailers."

Boscov's has also partnered up with The United Way. Boscov's raised money for United Way during pre-opening invitation event.

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