Ohio Valley Mall welcomes new retailers, more in the works | News, Sports, Jobs
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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Officials are scrambling to fill empty storefronts inside the Ohio Valley Mall with a few new businesses that opened last month and more in the works.
Recently, the mall has welcomed two new shops – the Vibe Selfie Museum next to Front Line opened in early May and Volume One Styling Salon moved into the former Regis Salon last week. Melissa Lemity, owner of the Vibe Selfie Museum, said she wanted to bring something different to the community. The Selfie Museum invites people to take a photo and videos at one of the store’s 18 themed stations that will change each season.
“I wanted to give kids and teens something fun to do,” she added.
Joe Bell, a spokesman for the mall’s parent company, Cafaro Co., said the selfie stations were a popular place to visit.
Also, Valvoline Express Care and a car wash opened just over a month ago just outside the mall near Gabe’s.
Bell said the Coaches Burger Bar is now expected to open next month due to some delays in its supply chain.
“Work continues at the Coaches Burger Bar. They had supply chain issues which prevented them from opening on their regular schedule, and now they are looking for a July opening,” he said. “People are looking forward to this opening, of course.”
Bell said they currently have two deals pending with potential retailers, although it declined to disclose who the potential retailers might be.
“One is of national interest. …and the second is a franchise operation. We expect to see a deal on that one pretty soon. So we have a few deals pending for new stores,” he said. “…We don’t know how soon it will be, but I have a feeling those days will culminate in the next month.”
Currently, there are 11 empty storefronts inside the mall out of about 60. Bell said the number tends to fluctuate as businesses come and go. On the entire complex, there are currently 100 companies in operation. The complex includes the restaurants surrounding the mall as well as businesses like Ollie’s and Planet Fitness on Banfield Road.
“All vacancies are inside rather than outside,” he said.
Bell said Cafaro officials are constantly working on ways to attract new retailers that would satisfy the community.
“There are always ongoing discussions. Our leasing department just returned from the International Council of Shopping Centers convention in Las Vegas where they had many discussions with different types of businesses looking for space in the mall complex,” he said. he said, adding that the team feels they have made progress that can lead to new offerings inside and outside the mall.
Bell said finding new tenants is an “ongoing process.”
“There are always discussions with interested parties. It’s a discussion that sometimes takes months and sometimes years, but at the end of the day the idea is to bring in the right kind of businesses to satisfy what customers want,” he added.