Hornell Valu Home Center to close with clearance sale
Valu Home Center in Hornell is about to close after 27 years in business.
“The closure of the store in Hornell is an emotional decision as we have come to know and love the community,” said Doug Wasiura, senior vice president of marketing and e-commerce at Valu.
In addition, Valu is also closing two other sites in New York, Springville and Geneva.
In a press release, the company cited significant changes in the way people buy home improvement products and services, and the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating a push to focus on products online.
“Our business has seen a steady increase in online sales over the past few years and this trend accelerated over the past year,” said Michael Ervolina, Jr., President and CEO of Valu Home Centers.
The Hornell store will begin its clearance sale at 8 a.m. on Friday with a final closing date yet to be set at the Seneca Road location.
“We have an amazing team operating this store, and although we offered to move each of them to another Valu location, they have become like family in the Hornell store,” said Wasiura.
Valu still has 35 physical stores and nearly 800 employees.
“We have an amazing team at each of these sites, and we want to make sure they have the opportunity to continue as part of the Valu family,” Ervolina said in the statement. “We are a strong family business, headquartered in Buffalo, NY, with no debt.
“This is one of the key factors that has allowed us to continue to be successful for 53 years. We are excited about the future and this decision will allow us to invest in many new programs and initiatives in 2021 and beyond.
Valu Home Centers Founded in 1968 by the Arena, Ervolina and Amico families, it is a family owned and operated home improvement chain.