Belmont County Officials, Residents React to Additions of Dunham’s, Hampton Inn at Ohio Valley Mall
With new businesses set to come to the Ohio Valley Mall, Belmont County officials said they are excited about the benefits they will bring.
The mall announced its newest additions, Dunham’s Sports and Hampton Inn & Suites, last week. Joe Bell, spokesman for mall parent Cafaro Co., said the businesses will provide more options to those visiting the mall. The two additions will soon be under construction, and Bell said mall-goers should expect Dunham’s to be open in the second half of 2019 while Hampton Inn will open its doors in 2020.
Dunham’s Sports is a retailer that caters to anyone who needs exercise equipment, sports items and athletic clothes. It features items for those who love to camp, hunt, and fish as well. Other nearby Dunham’s locations are in Moundsville and in New Philadelphia, Ohio, at the New Towne Mall.
Dunham’s at the Ohio Valley Mall will be located in the space previously occupied by Kmart. That area originally opened as a Montgomery Ward store in the 1970s.
Commissioner J.P Dutton agrees and said he feels as if this development will help the county grow and bring in new people.
“I think it’s just a great sign of the continued growth in that part of the county,” Dutton said.
Hampton Inn is a branch of Hilton Hotels and will be located between Dunham’s and AMC Classic Ohio Valley Mall 11 Theatre. The hotel will be four stories high with 113 guest rooms and suites for patrons to choose from.
“It’s nice we’re getting a lot of hotels in Belmont County, and people who stay at our hotels will, I’m sure, frequent the mall. Especially this hotel,” Dutton said. “It’s going to be particularly close to the mall. That’ll help the restaurants close to the mall. It’s situated close to the mall, and I think that’s going to hopefully bring more business into Belmont County.”
Margaret Lishman, a Wheeling resident, said that while it is good that these developments will bring more business to the area, she does not feel as if another hotel is needed.
“We already have hotels near the mall,” she said. “I’m not sure that we really needed another since there are already multiple places to stay. In the future, I would like to see more fun things for people to do around the area.”
Robert DeFrank contributed to this report.