Boscov’s celebrates grand opening in Milford

Jim Boscov with singer Debbie Boone at the ribbon-cutting.

Jim Boscov with singer Debbie Boone at the ribbon-cutting.

Boscov’s Inc. family-owned department store celebrated its grand opening with a double ribbon-cutting event and a “fun-filled Hollywood style celebration,” on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Connecticut Post mall.

Hundreds of community members, dignitaries and Boscov employees joined chairman and CEO Jim Boscov as he began the grand opening celebrations with a ribbon “made of money” cutting. The ribbon was made up of many one hundred dollar bills and a one thousand dollar bill. A second and official ribbon was cut by Grammy Award winning singer Debbie Boone who will be performing this week in the store.

“We are very excited to be in Milford, we are especially excited about the fact that the nice people we have met over the past several days have just been outstanding,” said Boscov. “What a terrific community. I was also impressed on Charity Day that so many people came out to support their charities, all the nonprofits that provide support for people in the area. We are delighted, we have 300 of the nicest, and most customer service oriented coworkers that you can imagine. It’s an exciting day.”

Gary Johnson, president of the United Way of Milford, cut the $1,000 bill from the ribbon, a donation from the Boscov family, as a way of contributing to the United Way of Milford. “We welcome Boscov’s to the Milford community, I know they’ll be a great asset to the mall,” explained Johnson. “Boscov’s is a great United Way supporter in all their locations. Representatives from United Way cut the remaining thirteen $100 bills, one donated to each of the chosen Milford’s agencies.

Solomon “Sol” Boscov emigrated from Russia to Reading, Pennsylvania in 1911 with $1.37 in cash and began working as a traveling salesman with $8 worth of merchandise. By 1914, Boscov’s success allowed him to open a store of his own at 9th and Pike Street in Reading.

In 1968 he had five stores and 2,200 employees with annual sales exceeding $50 million. Today Boscov’s of Milford marks the company’s 47th retail store, the company employs approximately 6,000 people and boasts revenue of approximately $1.2 billion. Boscov’s plans to open one store per year, has invested in renovating older stores and is headquartered in Exeter Township, PA.

“We are so happy to have Boscov’s here at Connecticut Post Mall, it’s such a great company, it’s such a great store and to be part of the Milford community, we couldn’t ask for anything more as a mall, the store looks so beautiful and so does the interior of the mall with them here,” said Ken Sterba, general manager of the mall.

“This is a great day for Milford, the State of Connecticut and Boscov’s, the people here are wonderful and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have this caliber of department store join us,” added Mark Thorsen, executive VP of asset management. Following the two ribbon cuttings, an antique car parade was held and live music was performed throughout the festivities by the Joseph A. Foran High School Band.

Located in the Connecticut Post Mall, 1201 Boston Post Road, Boscov’s is a privately owned retail store which carries clothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, candy, household goods, toys/games, décor, small appliances and more. Boscov’s is open seven days a week.