EXCLUSIVE: Big Sandy opening first area store in former Elder-Beerman furniture

Ohio-based home retailer Big Sandy Superstore will open its first Dayton-area store later this year, filling big-box space vacated by the Elder-Beerman Furniture Store.

When the project is completed, Big Sandy CEO Robert Vanhoose said the company will have invested close to $2 million. The 53,360 square-foot building at 2400 Miamisburg Centerville Road was formerly the Elder-Beerman Furniture Store. Elder-Beerman filed for bankruptcy in April last year and closed all department and furniture stores at the end of August.

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Big Sandy is designed to be four stores in one, Vanhoose said. The store will sell furniture, mattresses, appliances and HDTVs.

It will employ 20 to 25 full-time employees and open in the fourth quarter of this year, Vanhoose said.

“We have built out our presence in the Columbus Market, and Dayton is a natural extension. Our business plan is similar to the former Roberds chain — who had a lot of success in Dayton,” he said.

The company is headquartered in Franklin Furnace, Ohio, bordering the Ohio River in South Central portion of the state.

The company has 18 other stores in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.


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