ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Macy's held it's grand re-opening Saturday at the Ohio Valley Mall.
For the last several months, Macy's in the process of revamping the store completely. Some of the new features that were highlighted includes a larger women's shoe department, expanded make up department and a larger selection for the upcoming holidays. The first 200 guest received a $10 gift card.
"I am very excited and proud to be here today to celebrate with you our newly refreshed Ohio Valley Macy's," Deanna Salvaggio, the district vice president for Macy's. "On behalf of my entire team, we want to thank you for your continued support and to let you know how excited we are to be apart of the community."
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Pictured cutting the ribbon are St. Clairsville Mayor Robert Vincenzo, Macy’s manager Cathy Wilson and the District Vice President for Macy’s Deanna Salvaggio.
On Friday, Macy's held a special community shopping event to benefit the Tri-County Help Center. Along with the ribbon cutting, Macy's presented a check to the Tri-County Help Center Director Cathy Campbell for $2,000.
"Giving back is a very important part of our community at Macy's and one of our core brand values and we are honored and excited to give back to your community today," said Salvaggio.
Salvaggio invited everyone, no matter what his or her age was to write a letter to Santa and drop it off in their Santa Believe mail box. For every letter, Macy's would donate one dollar to the Make A Wish Foundation up to one million dollars.
According to Cathy Wilson, who has been a manager for Macy's for 19 years, some of the biggest changes she has seen in the newly renovated Macy's includes the lighting, flooring, more spacious and brighter.
"It is a wonderful shopping space for our customers. It's a fabulous shopping environment," said Wilson.
"One of my new favorite changes is the shoe expansion that is almost double the size of the original floor... It's just a great shopping environment. We are so excited and we invite everybody to come and see our holiday gifts. It is going to be a great experience for everyone."
Wilson said the associates are excited for the renovation and feel like they have a new home and customers are thrilled as well.
"Walking in, particularity in the men's section, it is a complete transformation. I just think what they have done here is a great improvement for our area," said St. Clairsville Mayor Robert Vincenzo. "They have done a wonderful job and what an asset it is going to be for the shoppers. I think it boasted our area's economy and that is what we are really looking for in Belmont County ... And we are very excited for Macy's and for the Ohio Valley Mall."