BEAVERCREEK — Approximately 100 eager shoppers waited in line Wednesday morning for the doors to open on the newly-remodeled Elder-Beerman store at the west end of the Fairfield Commons Mall.
Local officials were on hand as well, to cut the ribbon for the store, which previously was split into two locations.
Citing ribbon-cuttings as “one of my most enjoyable duties,” Beavercreek Mayor Brian Jarvis thanked Elder-Beerman officials for “choosing to remain in this community.”
The renovation took approximately nine months, according to store manager Bruce Schellin, culminating in a night of “pushing a couple thousand racks from one end of the mall to the other” and seeing the sun come up as he and his staff completed the task.
“We are excited to provide our loyal customers with a more convenient and exceptional shopping experience,” said Steve Byers, Executive Vice President of Stores for The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “Customers can now shop Elder-Beerman under one roof and find the great brands they love for the entire family and home.”
The renovated Elder-Beerman store has a new layout. The store has updated lighting throughout, new carpeting and porcelain tile floors, updated restrooms and fitting rooms, according to Byers.
Merchandise showcases have been replaced and visual displays have also been enhanced.
The first floor carries men’s, kids’, women’s plus sizes, intimate apparel and home merchandise. Misses’ sportswear, dresses, coats, shoes, cosmetics, jewelry and accessories are located on the second floor
Music was also a welcoming part of the grand reopening.
The Buffalo Ridge Jazz performed at 10am and Dayton Philharmonic Duet’s Leslie Stratton, principal harpist, and Rebecca Andres, principal flutist, performed from 6-8 p.m.
Special events will continue through Saturday, Aug. 23.
Elder-Beerman is part of the Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., which has corporate headquarters in York, Penn., and Milwaukee, Wisc., operates 272 department stores, which includes 10 furniture galleries, in 25 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates.