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Loves Furniture opens in old Wolf locations

A Michigan-based furniture store chain has opened in Altoona and State College.

Detroit-based Loves Furniture & Mattresses is now open in former Wolf Furniture buildings at 4 Sellers Drive, Altoona, and 138 Valley Vista Drive, State College.

In May U.S. Assets Inc. and Loves Furniture Inc. announced that a deal has been approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court that gives them the inventory of 27 former Art Van Furniture, Levin Furniture and Wolf Furniture stores across Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Virginia and Maryland. All locations were to be rebranded and added to the Loves Furniture portfolio.

The State College store was not in the group of

leases acquired in the

initial purchase.

CEO Matt Damiani is excited about coming to the area.

“We want to help customers love where they live and help build spaces that provide comfort and solace. We saw a better way to build a furniture buying experience – one that is personalized and designed to encourage exploration, imagination and discovery of the perfect pieces to help create memories at home that last,” Damiani said

Loves has invested millions of dollars across all of its stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan to create a modern shopping experience with the customer in mind.

The Altoona store employs 20 and the State College store, 18.

“Our Loves team is proud to be creating jobs during this uncertain time. Loves will hire a total of 1,000 people across Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan as we continue to open stores,” Damiani said. “Loves is rapidly expanding and tripled our physical footprint in two months. We are on track to open a total of 31 stores, with an appetite to continue to grow.”

Bringing a new business to the area is good news, said President/CEO Joe Hurd of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce.

“I think it’s a positive sign for our economy any time a business locates in our county and creates jobs. We’re aware of a couple other businesses that are exploring the possibility of coming here. Our retail sector, once very strong, will certainly benefit from an infusion of new opportunities at a time still dripping with uncertainty,” Hurd said.

Mirror Staff writer Walt Frank is at 814-946-7467.

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