Centre Market Could Welcome New Tenant

WHEELING – After moving from his previous location in St. Clairsville, David Hoffman hopes to reboot his computer sale and repair business inside Wheeling’s Centre Market.

A lease agreement that would make Hoffman and his business, Roadrunner Computer Products, the newest tenant in the shopping hub’s Upper Market House is among the items up for a vote today by Wheeling City Council. The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. in the second-floor courtroom at the City-County Building, 1500 Chapline St.

If the lease is approved, Hoffman said he plans to be open for business about the beginning of November.

He will occupy space along the west wall of the market house, just north of Centre Market Manager Kurt Zende’s office.

Hoffman said in addition to repairs, he will have computers and computer products for sale and also plans to rent computers and laptops by the hour.

Hoffman said he was forced to leave his previous location on Mall Ring Road in St. Clairsville when that building’s owner chose to lease space to Rural King instead. Since then, he’s been operating out of his home and he said he’s excited about moving to Wheeling.

“I feel that the foot traffic and flow of people should be better than it was in St. Clairsville,” he said.

Zende said the addition of Roadrunner Computer Products certainly will bring something new to Centre Market, and he hopes it will bring a different type of customer to shop there, have lunch and browse the other stores in the area.

“It should be a great addition,” Zende said

Artworks Around Town will condense the space it occupies in the Upper Market House to make room for the new store, Zende said. The move will allow the non-profit group that runs the gallery to reduce its rent costs and still have enough space to operate, he added.

Other items up for a vote today include:

– The transfer of a vacant lot at 2124 Main St. to the city’s development arm, the Ohio Valley Area Development Corp., for the purpose of conveying it to the Lebanon Bakery for use as a garden and outdoor seating area;

– Lane abandonments including portions of Lane 13, Lane G and East Cove Avenue Extension;

– Resolutions accepting state Governor’s Community Participation grants in the following amounts: $25,000 for renovations at the Capitol Theatre; $20,000 for West Virginia Independence Hall to build a statue honoring one of the state’s founding fathers, Francis H. Pierpont; $15,000 to West Virginia Independence Hall for a fireworks show at next June’s statehood sesquicentennial celebration; and $8,000 for the Wheeling Arts Festival and the Wheeling Heritage Trail;

– Payment of $15,000 to CT Consultants for work on the city’s water treatment plant project; and

– Several traffic rules.