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Miller Home Furniture opening

A new furniture store is coming to Altoona.

DuBois-based Miller Home Furniture will open Nov. 19 in the former Value City Furniture building, 3010 Pleasant Valley Blvd.

Value City closed in March 2018, and in 2019, the building was purchased by Jeff S. Long Construction.

Miller Home Furniture was founded in 1969 by Dorothy and Jesse Miller in Hudson, a small village near Punxsutawney. Today the business, which also has a location in the DuBois area, is owned by Pam Miller, the founders’ granddaughter.

She is excited about coming to Altoona.

“This is an opportunity that presented itself. When Wolf’s shut down, that gave us the opportunity to look at whether there is a need for another store in the market. There is a need,” Miller said.

Long, who has known Miller for several years, is excited to see the new business come to town.

“We lost Wolf’s,” he said. “I think it will be a nice replacement for people to shop. I’ve known Pam for about 10 years. She gives a lot back to the community and is involved with a lot of nonprofits. She will be a great asset to the community.”

Miller Home Furniture will employ 18 people full time, bringing some new jobs to the area. Business hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

A furniture bank is also coming to Altoona as Miller is partnering with Element Church to establish what will be called Living Essentials.

A location has not been decided, but Miller said it will be open by Nov. 19.

In 2014, Miller established a furniture bank in the DuBois area.

“Every year we help 300 families that are in need. We want to help people who are in need. I am as excited about this as opening the store. There are a lot of people we can help. It is a blessing,” Miller said.

The furniture bank will be stocked through donations.

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