Elder-Beerman Closing Ohio Valley Mall Store; Marshalls Coming

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Cafaro Co. on Monday confirmed that Elder-Beerman would be closing its Ohio Valley Mall store, while at the same time announcing that Marshalls would be taking over part of Elder-Beerman’s space.

Joe Bell, spokesman for Cafaro, which owns the mall, said Elder-Beerman would shut down by late March. Elder-Beerman served as the final vestige of the former Stone & Thomas Department store chain, based in Wheeling. Elder-Beerman purchased Stone & Thomas in 1998.

As for Marshalls, a statement from Cafaro said the 20,000-square-foot store, which will occupy the Elder-Beerman location on the mall’s east side (the same side as Macy’s), would open in the fall.

Founded in 1956, Marshalls has more than 880 stores spanning 43 states.

“We are really excited about this. We take a close listen to what our consumers want. Our people have been talking to Marshalls for a long time, but it was contingent upon other stores possibly leaving,” a Cafaro statement said. “Elder-Beerman has been slowly removing stores and they have their own rationale for moving. We knew about the Marshalls deal but we wanted to wait until they announced the closing to their employees.

“Of course we see it as a sad thing for Elder-Beerman to go, but they are in the process of rationalizing where they need to be. They have seen themselves needing to downsize. It is certainly regretful for their workers and customers, but a lot of those customers have been gravitating to Boscov’s and J.C. Penney. There is a need for full service department stores, but we have seen that people want more restaurants and discount department stores like Marshalls at the Ohio Valley Mall.”