MIDDLEPORT — There’s a new store in town, with a familiar face managing the business.
Main Street Furniture and Flooring held its grand opening on Monday, at the former Ingels Furniture/Radio Shack building on North Second Avenue in Middleport.
The store will be managed by York Ingels, who owned and operated Ingels Carpet until a fire destroyed the building last spring.
Main Street Furniture has operated a location in Point Pleasant for several years and has expanded to its newest location, explained Sterling Shields, who along with his brother owns Main Street Furniture. The Middleport location allows for not only the new location, but also the flooring business in addition to the furniture. Shields purchased Main Street Furniture about a year ago from his wife’s father and uncle.
Last November, Shields approached Ingels about joining the business to open a flooring store in Point Pleasant.
Ingels explained that in looking at the space in Point Pleasant it was not large enough for what he had in mind and suggested the Middleport location.
When Shields and Ingels looked at the building in Middleport they agreed that it would be a good location, and meeting with Mayor Sandy Iannarelli she indicated that the village would be receptive to the business coming to town.
Ingels said that when the fire happened on May 16, 2016, he did not know why, but knew that God had a plan for him, a plan to do something out of that tragedy.
He said he is excited to work with Shields and bring the furniture store to own, along with the flooring business.
Now, Ingels will be operating the furniture and flooring business in the building where his father opened a furniture business in 1959.
Ingels said he has many memories of being in the building growing up, including listening to his father work which taught him how to work in retail.
The new location also give the business room to grow, with two additional floors available.
While the business is one store, the hope is that it will plant a seed bringing more investment to the village of Middleport.
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