Ollie’s Outlet to open in plaza
By Burton Speakman
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet plans to open its third store in the region this October in Boardman Plaza.
The company is working with Boardman Township’s planning and zoning office to get approval for the site at 385 Boardman-Canfield Road, said Jerry Altland, Ollie’s vice president of real estate. The new location is the former Burlington Coat Factory store in the plaza between Glenwood Avenue and Sugartree Drive.
“The Youngstown market is big enough for two stores,” he said. “It makes sense to have one on the north side and one on the south side [of the metro area].”
The store will cover 32,000 square feet, he said.
“We’ve been looking for an opportunity in Boardman for years,” he said. “We just didn’t find the right spot until this year.”
The expansion is part of Ollie’s goal to continue to grow 20 percent in sales each year, Altland said.
The Boardman store is far enough from the other two Ollie’s in the metro area, and there is enough traffic to justify the store, he said. “It’s a good move for us,” Altland said.
Ollie’s two other area stores are at 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road (U.S. Route 422) in the Eastwood Mall in Niles and at 3306 Wilmington Road in New Castle, Pa.
Redevelopment of existing sites such as that planned by Ollie’s shows businesses are committed to the community, said Jason Loree, Boardman Township Administrator.
“It’s a great sign for development in Boardman Township,” he said.
These companies look at the demographic data, and it shows Boardman has the right number of people and enough traffic to support business, Loree said.
“Boardman Township has truly become the destination of the Valley,” he said.
In other Boardman Township development, work continues outside the former Value City Department Store at 1130 Boardman-Poland Road.
“They’ve done a lot of work out there. They’ve done roof repair. They’re paving the parking lot. They’re putting in the islands for trees,” Loree said.
The building was s upposed to be a Good Cents Grocery & More, a discount store owned by Giant Eagle, but it’s unclear now what company will take over the spot, he said.