‘Big A’ in Northwood continues to serve customersWritten by Brandi Barhite | Community Ombudsman | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Andersons at the Woodville Mall location remains open, even though the main portion of the mall has been closed for two months.
The Andersons corporate communications manager issued an email Feb. 20 clarifying the operating status of its store at the mall. Debra Crow said Andersons is “functioning as a standalone store and it not affected by the status of the mall.”
I followed up with Crow two days later because I, like many others, have wondered about the future of The Andersons in Northwood.
I shopped at that location when I lived in nearby Millbury. It was always a popular place to go, and the nearest market and all-purpose store for many people. I also have familial ties to Andersons. My cousin works at The Andersons Woodville Mall location. When my husband (a school teacher) is off for the summer, he works at the company’s grain elevator in Maumee. My sister (also a school teacher) works in the deli at the Maumee location on evenings and weekends.
For us, the “Big A” is a big part of our days – and our pocketbooks. What happens to The Andersons matters to us and to other employees and shoppers.
Crow offered some reassuring words.
“In the foreseeable future, our plans are to continue to operate our Woodville location focusing on serving our many long-time customers while we can properly maintain the facility at this location,” she stated in an email Feb. 22.
The Anderson Woodville Mall location opened in 1988. The original store was located across the street from the current Maumee location and opened in 1952. There are now four locations in Northwest Ohio with two additional stores in Columbus.
Since I shop at the Maumee location, I know that store always seems busy, but how about Woodville? Are people just assuming it is closed like the rest of the mall? (Sears also remains open.)
“Traffic in and out of a retail location can fluctuate and seasonal business can be impacted by the weather as well. Our customers know we are open and ready for their business,” Crow said.
On Feb. 21, Wood County Common Pleas Judge Reeve Kelsey ruled that the county and Northwood officials could seek default judgment if they wanted to permanently close the main part mall, which has been riddled with structural problems.
Meanwhile, the future for The Andersons Woodville Mall location is this: “We’ll continue serving our customers at the Woodville location as we have the past 24 years,” Crow said.