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Levin Furniture to open outlet at Eastwood Mall

Store will occupy former Gander Outdoors building

NILES — Levin Furniture will open its first discount furniture and mattress outlet at the Eastwood Mall Complex, the Pittsburgh-based company announced.

The store will occupy the former 65,000-square-foot Gander Outdoors building in Howland Commons near Kohl’s, Burlington and Texas Roadhouse. Opening July 23, it will include $3 million of inventory from other closed Levin stores in Niles, Boardman and Hermitage, Pa.

The store is the 19th in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania to open under the new Levin Furniture company that formed when former Levin Furniture owner, Robert Levin, earlier this year bought the assets and inventory back for $26 million to rescue the retailer from insolvency.

The transaction allowed for the new Levin Furniture led by Levin as board chairman and co-CEOs, Matt Schultz and his brother, John, who operate Ashley Homestore with a store in Boardman.

“This has been an exciting time for us as we drove to reacquire Levin Furniture and Mattress Stores for many good reasons,” said Levin. “Our customers and associates can once again have access to the quality and commitment of a family-owned business that offers a great place to furnish homes and to work.

Matt Schultz said the outlet is a new concept for the Levin brand. The store, he said, will be stocked with special buys, one-of-a-kind pieces, floor samples and discontinued merchandise.

Levin previously reached an agreement with former owner Art Van Furniture LLC to buy back the company, but that deal fell apart when the company, citing the viral outbreak, closed its doors and terminated its employees.

Art Van attempted to restructure its debts under Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but converted to Chapter 7 liquidation in April under stress of stay-at-home orders and the closure of non-essential businesses during the viral outbreak.

Leases at other Ohio Valley locations that closed earlier this year could not be secured because of the previous owner’s bankruptcy proceedings.

Gander Outdoors closed in late 2019 when its owner shifted the company’s sales focus away from outdoor recreation, hunting and camping to recreational vehicle sales, service, parts and accessories.

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