Rural King Moving In To Old Big Bear Plus Building

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Big news for the old Big Bear building.

An Illinois-based business says it's moving in.

Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell says the building has been sitting empty for at least 10 years.

But that's about to change.

A store called Rural King is moving in.

It's a farm and home store selling power equipment, hardware, camping, hunting and fishing equipment and more.

There are 74 Rural King stores in eight states, including Ohio.

This is the company's first store in West Virginia and it's set to open this fall.

It will employ about 70 associates.

In addition to bringing jobs Mayor Newell pointed out it could also bring more businesses to the plaza.

"And that's very key because one of the reasons we wanted to get that big box filled first is they knew that others would follow," he says. "It gives incentive for other stores to move in to the smaller empty spaces."

Rural King is leasing the building from the owners of the plaza, the Glazer family.

Mayor Newell says they've been working for years on getting this building occupied.

Click on the link to the right for information on getting a job.


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