- Value City
name = Value City
(Schottenstein's in the Columbus, OH market, Valley Fair in North Jersey)
foundation = 1917
founder = Ephraim Schottenstein
location_city = Columbus,
locations = 113 (2007)
Clothing, jewelry, and home goods.
parent = VCHI Acquisition Co.
homepage = [http://www.valuecity.com/ www.valuecity.com]
Value City is an American
department storechain with 113 locations that is currently owned by VCHI Acquisition Co.. It was founded in 1917 by Ephraim Schottenstein, a travelling salesman in central Ohio. The store is an off-price retailer that sells clothing, jewelry, and home goods below the manufacturer suggested retail price. The chain focuses on buyout and closeout merchandise, and occasionally irregular apparel and factory seconds. The stores were branded Schottenstein's in the Columbus, Ohiomarket and Valley Fair in the Northern New Jerseymarket (except for the Bergen Mallstore, which was branded as Value City; today only the Little Ferry and Irvington stores are still open). The Schottenstein name was dropped in 2008 after the sale to Burlington. [cite web |url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m5072/is_52_23/ai_81567253 |title=Manufacturing |accessdate=2008-07-20 |author=David Greenberg |date=2001-12-31 |work=Bnet Business Network]
The first store was located in
Columbus, Ohiooff Parsons Ave. and has been closed for several years. It is the corporate sponsor of Value City Arena, home of the Ohio State Universitywomen and men's basketballprograms. It was formerly affiliated with Value City Furniture, which has 130 stores and was founded in 1948.
Retail Ventures has been seeking to sell the Value City operation to focus on its more profitable brands. [cite web |url=http://www.columbusdispatch.com/live/content/business/stories/2007/09/22/value_city.ART_ART_09-22-07_C16_FI7VPGG.html?sid=101 |title=Value City struggles to find a buyer |accessdate=2008-07-20 |author=Amy Saunders |date=2007-09-22 |work=The Columbus Dispatch] The chain announced its intention in 2007 to close up to twenty-four stores, and to sell the remainder to
Burlington Coat Factory. [http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/prnewswire/CLW08303102007-1.htm Dead link|date=July 2008] However, the plans have since changed. On January 23, 2008, Retail Ventures announced it was selling an ownership stake in Value City to newly-formed VCHI Acquisition Company. [cite web |url= http://www.the-review.com/news/article/3223371 |title= Fate of Value City store is unknown following sale |accessdate= 2008-07-20 |date= 2008-01-30 |work= The-Review.com |publisher= Alliance Publishing Co]
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