Levin Furniture moving back to Ohio Valley Mall
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — An old tenant of the Ohio Valley Mall will return in the near future.
Levin Furniture recently celebrated its 97th anniversary in business with the loyal customer base it has built over the years.
The company operates 32 stores in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and it moved an outlet store into the St. Clairsville mall in 2009 to fill the space left vacant after J.C. Penney moved to the Highlands. Levin occupied that spot until 2013, when the business left the mall and the space was filled by Boscov’s.
The furniture retailer hasn’t been a presence at the mall since then, but another store closing provided an opportunity for Levin to make a comeback.
The electronics and appliance chain hhgregg announced in April that it was filing for bankruptcy and would be closing all of its stores, including the free-standing storefront it operated on the perimeter of the Ohio Valley Mall. Joe Bell, director of corporate communications for mall parent the Cafaro Co., said Cafaro finalized a lease with Levin on Monday.
“We are very happy to have Levin Furniture,” Bell said. “They are a solid company with great products, very well recognized by consumers. We are looking forward to having them on the mall property.”
Representatives from Levin are eager to again provide residents of the Ohio Valley with quality furniture and service and issued a news release stating they “couldn’t be more excited to bring our legacy of unbeatable value and commitment to customer service as well as new jobs to the Ohio Valley area.”
Owner and President Robert Levin said he has high hopes for the new store.
“For years we have wanted to re-enter the market after we closed our clearance center five years ago,” Levin said. “Customers have been asking us for a location in this area, and now we can finally say that the plans are in the works.”
“We’re excited. We’re really eager to get into the market,” Levin said. “We think there is a good market here and that the Ohio Valley Mall is a great location.”
According to the release, Levin plans to open its first Levin Furniture and Mattress Express, offering an array of mattresses for shoppers.