Boscov's opens 46th store near Erie; celebration on Saturday

First store to open since Albert Boscov's passing

MILLCREEK TWP., Pa. - Boscov's is expanding into new territory, as the Berks County-based retailer opens its 46th department store.

The family-owned company opened the chain's newest store at the Millcreek Mall in Millcreek Township, near Erie, on Thursday.

The two-story Boscov's, a first in northwestern Pennsylvania, takes over the space previously occupied by Sears.

"We have hired over 300 people to staff our new Millcreek Mall store," said Jim Boscov, the company's chairman and CEO. "We have found wonderful co-workers with the same friendly personalities and commitment to customer service that has made us the largest family-owned department store in America."

Thursday's opening is billed as a "Gala Preview for a Great Cause," with customers getting to be among the first to shop by donating $5 to their choice of one of more than 125 area charities, including the American Red Cross, the Boys & Girls Club of Erie, and the Greater Erie Area Habitat for Humanity.

Friday is "Preview Day," with "thousands of grand opening doorbusters" and special offers and savings for customers who open a Boscov's credit card.

The big party will come Saturday, when the store holds a pair of ribbon cuttings to officially open the store.

The first ribbon will be made up of $100 bills, one for each member agency of the United Way of Erie County, and a $1,000 bill for the United Way itself. The ribbon, according to company officials, symbolizes Boscov's intent to be an active, participating member for the community.

The second ribbon cutting will be part of a Hollywood-style ceremony, featuring three-time Grammy Award-winning singer Debby Boone and local and state dignitaries.

The ceremony will launch a four-week schedule of entertainment, register-to-win prizes, and fun. Boone is set to perform free concerts at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day from this Saturday through next Saturday, October 14.

While the Millcreek store is the first to open since the February death of Albert Boscov, the company's chairman emeritus and son of its founder, Solomon Boscov, did play a role in planning for the expansion into new territory.

"Many stores who call themselves department stores really have become specialty stores," Albert Boscov said at the time of the new store being announced last December, "but we still believe in the traditional department store, where in one shopping trip, you can find everything you want."

In addition to Pennsylvania, Boscov's has stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio.


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