A national shoe store is set to open its first outpost in the Mahoning Valley.
The Valley’s first DSW will open in October and will employ 15 to 20 full-time workers and another 15 to 20 workers parttime, said Brinley Turner, a company spokeswoman. The store will be located in the shopping center on Doral Drive.
“We’re excited to enter the [Mahoning Valley] market,” she said.
The store will be 21,555 square feet and have more than 25,000 pairs of shoes, Turner said.
In addition to shoes, DSW sells handbags and accessories.
Retailers are looking at the Valley as an area for new stores because the local economy is growing faster than the national average, said Eric Planey, vice president for international business attraction at the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber.
“I think the addition of DSW to the area is a signal that the national retailers are paying attention to the Mahoning Valley,” he said. The addition of new retailers and shopping centers filling vacant spaces is a positive sign for the area, he added.
As of May, DSW operated 377 stores in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
DSW is not the only new addition to the shopping center.
Pat Catan’s, an arts and crafts store, will open a new store just a few blocks south of its current location at 6151 South Ave. in the Matthews Square Shopping Center.
Ray Young, spokesman for Pat Catan’s, said the new location will be slightly larger and will make shopping easier for customers based on its proximity to other stores, including a Walmart Supercenter.
“It’s a nice shopping destination,” he said.
The new store is expected to open in early July, Young said.
“The layout will be a little different. We’re using a racetrack design,” he said. “It will also have big center aisles and will make shopping easier.”
The racetrack design will be a large aisle that goes around the store with everything built around that, Young said.
All current employees are expected to continue at the new location; significant additional hiring is not expected, he added.
Locally, Pat Catan’s also has area stores in Warren and Hermitage, Pa. The company is based in Strongsville and is privately owned.
DSW and Pat Catan’s will be side by side, taking up space between Walmart and Staples, where Dick’s Sporting Goods was located before its move in 2012 to 550 Boardman-Poland Road (U.S. Route 224).