Oct. 19—WILKES-BARRE — Boscov's has set a goal of raising $1 million for charity with its 25th Anniversary "Friends Helping Friends" 25% off event on Wednesday, Oct. 20.
"Throughout the markets we serve, more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations have been working to distribute shopping passes giving their supporters a 25% discount on almost everything we sell," said Jim Boscov, Chairman and CEO. "Now, more than ever, we need the services that these charities provide in all of our communities."
The 25% off one-day event represents Boscov's biggest sale of the year and has become an annual occasion that many customers can use to do their holiday shopping and support their favorite charity at the same time.
In addition to the largest discount of the year, all Boscov's stores will offer extended store hours from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
"This event has developed into a wonderful opportunity for both our customers and nonprofit partners, and we believe the $1 million goal is realistic," Boscov said.
Details of the 25th Annual Friends Helping Friends are as follows:
—Shopping Discount: 25% off Lowest Sale Prices
—Date: Wednesday, Oct. 20
—Store Hours: 8 a.m. — 11 p.m.
—Where: In-store only
—Register to win: A $100 Boscov's Gift Card (one winner per store)
—How: Customers donate $5 to a participating non-profit and receive a 25% OFF* Shopping Pass. Customers can donate $5 and receive their Shopping Pass in-store on the day of the event.
* For details visit — boscovs.com/FriendsHelpingFriends
Based in Reading, PA, Boscov's operates 49 stores in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Ohio.
It is the nation's largest family-owned department store chain.
Boscov's is now celebrating its 107th year as a full-line, full-service department store and is known as much for making shopping fun as it is for offering the best brands at the best prices with incredible service.
Boscov's offers many customer-friendly services, such as a year-round military discount, a gift registry for every occasion, a hassle-free return policy and free curbside pickup.
To learn more, visit — www.boscovs.com
Boscov's open 49th store
With the opening of its 49th store in Ohio's largest mall complex, Eastwood Mall in Niles, OH, Boscov's achieved record-breaking sales during its three-day Grand Opening Celebration.
"We spent two years planning a three-day Grand Opening Celebration specifically for the Mahoning Valley community and we're thrilled to say it was the best opening ever," said Jim Boscov, Chairman and CEO of Boscov's.
The celebration commenced on Thursday, Oct. 7, with Charity Day — Shop for a Cause, where customers donating $5 to a participating non-profit received exclusive advanced access to a store full of incredible Grand Opening specials. In doing so, Boscov's raised over $100,000 for non-profit organizations most critical to Mahoning Valley.
On Friday, Oct. 8, Boscov's hosted Family Day — Something for Everyone, where families were entertained by balloon and caricature artists, interactive EDUtainment activities by Mr. Ralf of the Youngstown based Oh Wow! Children's Museum and a Free discount pass to support local eateries while enjoying the music of a pianist on a Steinway concert grand piano.
On Saturday, October 9, the 125-piece Niles Marching Band kicked off the ribbon-cutting ceremony where the President of Trumbull's United Way and member agencies snipped a unique grand opening ribbon made of $100 bills for member organizations, plus a special $1,000 bill for the United Way, symbolizing Boscov's commitment to local charities.
Customers enjoyed free live performances by Elvis Aaron Presley Jr and Jason Lindsey, aka "Mr. Science." To cap off the celebration, Boscov's put on a spectacular Grand Opening Fireworks display synchronized to music.
"It's not just sales that define a successful opening," Boscov said. "It's our greatest opening ever because in addition to doing great business, we raised over $100,000 for local non-profits, expanded our family by hiring over 200 Mahoning Valley residents and further established Eastwood Mall as the region's dominant shopping destination."
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