"Boardman-Youngstown is our biggest market and our smallest showroom."
Chief executive, Goldsteins Furniture
The furniture company says it needs a larger store and a location near other furniture retailers.
By DON SHILLING
VINDICATOR BUSINESS EDITOR
BOARDMAN -- Goldsteins Furniture plans to build a new store on Boardman-Poland Road where other development plans have upset neighbors.
Construction on the store at the Tanglewood Drive intersection is to begin in two weeks and to be complete by Labor Day, said Steve Goldstone, company chief executive.
Residents behind the construction site aren't expected to fight the new store, said Bill DeCicco, a member of the Tanglewood Homeowners Association.
Residents fought previous efforts to develop the property because large retailers wanted to rezone the back of the property from residential to commercial. Both Target and Lowe's proposed building stores at the site in the 1990s but later abandoned those plans.
Goldstone said his store needs only the front of the property, which already is zoned commercial. The rear of the property will be kept as a buffer zone between the store and the homes on Tanglewood, he said.
DeCicco said the residents understand there is nothing they can do to stop the front part of the property from being developed, and he doesn't think it will have much of an impact on the neighborhood.
Zoning office reviewing plans
Darren Crivelli, township zoning inspector, said his office is reviewing site plans, and state officials are looking at how the proposed development will affect traffic. He said plans now don't call for a traffic light but include a widening of Tanglewood Drive at the intersection.
Goldstone said plans call for an entrance off Tanglewood and one from a road to be built off Boardman-Poland Road. This new road also will provide access to an adjacent property along Boardman-Poland Road that has yet to be developed, he said.
Officials at Castle Properties of Boardman, which sold the land to Goldsteins and owns the other parcel, could not be reached to comment. Goldstone said a third parcel was created out of the residential land in the back.
Goldstone said the company has been interested in the site for some time because its Canfield Township store has become too small.
"Boardman-Youngstown is our biggest market and our smallest showroom," he said.
The new store will have 52,000 square feet, the same as its store in Niles. Its Hermitage store has 42,000 square feet.
The Canfield store has 32,000 square feet. Goldstone said it will be retained as an outlet store.
The move into Boardman also will help the company because it is a high-traffic area that already is the home to several other furniture stores, he said.
Goldstone said he expects the new store to add considerably to company sales, although he wouldn't provide any projections. He said it will feature upgrades in layout, lighting and displays.
The new store will employ about 30 people, or 10 more than the Canfield store.
Goldstone said he is planning several more stores in areas "not too far away," but he wouldn't provide any details.
Goldstone, a fourth-generation company owner, said the Boardman store will be built in memory of his father, Art, who died in 2001, and "the commitment that he made to this business and the community."