HomeGoods to expand presence in Trumbull


JUN 22, 2022



NILES — Discount home fashion and decor retailer HomeGoods is expanding its presence in Trumbull County with a new store adjacent to the Eastwood Mall, part of a flurry of construction and other openings at the retail complex.

Construction already has begun on the 22,112-square-foot HomeGoods store on Mines Road near Levin Furniture and Kohl’s — part of the Howland Commons area of the complex that also includes TJ Maxx, a discount clothing store operated by Massachusetts-based TJX Companies Inc., the same parent company as HomeGoods.

HomeGoods is targeting the summer of 2023 to open.

“Discussions have been taking place for over a year, and actually we have been preparing that land for future development long before that,” said Joe Bell, spokesman for the Cafaro Company, which owns and operates the Eastwood Mall Complex.

The store is on a 3.5-acre parcel that is large enough to accommodate another store of about the same size.

“If you break that down, HomeGoods is going to occupy a little over 22,000 square feet, but it still has permissible building area of about 24,000 square feet, so we could build another store right next to it,” Bell said.

The next nearest HomeGoods store is in Boardman.

Last year, TJX Companies Inc. opened a multimillion-dollar, 1.2 million-square-foot regional distribution center for the HomeGoods brand in Lordstown. The facility employs about 1,000 people.

Also, construction is expected to begin soon for a new Longhorn Steakhouse on about 1 acre at the corner of state Route 46 and Eastwood Boulevard, the site of the closed IHOP pancake house.

The plan, according to Bell, is to demolish IHOP and for Longhorn Steakhouse to build new and be ready to open in February.

“Additionally, discussions are underway with two other restaurant operators anxious to establish a presence on the Eastwood Mall Complex,” states a news release Tuesday from Cafaro Company.

Other new openings planned include children’s apparel store Carter’s by Thanksgiving at Howland Commons by TJ Maxx; and King Cajun Seafood & Bar near Outback Steakhouse and Steak ‘n Shake. That 9,637-square-foot building previously contained HomeTown Buffett, which abruptly closed about five years ago. The space was renovated fully, including new dining rooms and bar. Dishes inspired by the cuisine of New Orleans and the Low Country will be prominent on the menu.

In July, Venetia Nail Lounge & Spa will open at the Great East Plaza in a 4,000-square-foot space next to Buffalo Wild Wings and shortly after, NrGize Lifestyle Cafe will open in the J.C. Penney concourse of the mall. The 975-square-foot space is a combined coffee and smoothie shop.

Already open is Aimpoint Airsoft, a practice range that uses Airsoft-brand guns that shoot soft pellets at targets, near the Boscov’s department store.


New Names, New Flavors at Eastwood



June 21, 2022


New Names, New Flavors at Eastwood

New HomeGoods, restaurants scheduled to open


The lineup of fine merchants at the Eastwood Mall Complex in Niles, Ohio is about to get longer.  A plethora of new offerings, both fun and flavorful, are preparing to welcome their first customers.

Construction activities have already begun on an all-new HomeGoods.  It will be situated along the Mines Road section of the Eastwood Complex, next to Levin Furniture.  The 22,112 square foot HomeGoods will offer an eclectic selection of home fashions from around the world, all at amazing prices. HomeGoods offers an ever-changing mix of merchandise, including furniture, rugs, lighting, soft home, decorative accessories, tabletop, cookware, and much more.  It will welcome its first customers in the summer of 2023.

A short distance from HomeGoods, a new Carter’s store will open by Thanksgiving of this year.  It will occupy a 2,626 square foot space between Burlington  and TJMaxx.  Carter’s is America’s leading brand of children’s clothing.  Since 1865, this retailer has been offering a full range of clothing for babies and older children, along with gifts and accessories.

King Cajun Seafood & Bar is preparing to open next month, in a stand-alone location near Outback Steakhouse and Steak ‘n Shake.  The 9,637 square foot building was the previous home of another restaurant.  The space was completely renovated, creating new dining rooms and a full bar.  Dishes inspired by the cuisine of New Orleans and the Low Country will be prominent on the menu.  Whether it’s blackened, Cajun, deep-fried or specialty boiled dinners, fans will encounter fresh, spicy flavors guaranteed to satisfy their appetites.

At the corner of Route 46 and Eastwood Boulevard, Longhorn Steakhouse will soon begin construction on an approximately one acre parcel formerly occupied by an IHOP restaurant.    At Longhorn, they’re passionate about serving great steak, but also offers a plentiful assortment of chicken, ribs, seafood and salads. The restaurant is projected to open in February, 2023.

Additionally, discussions are underway with three other restaurant operators anxious to establish a presence on the Eastwood Mall Complex.

In late July, Venetia Nail Lounge & Spa will open in the Great East Plaza section. The salon will provide a full range of manicure, pedicure and other beauty treatments in a 4,000 square foot space next to Buffalo Wild Wings.

Shortly thereafter, NrGize Lifestyle Café will open in the JCPenney concourse of Eastwood Mall.  The new, 975 square foot shop combines two popular beverage concepts under one roof.  For coffee connoisseurs, the popular Kahala brand coffee will be featured.  The shop will also offer a tempting selection of NrGize smoothies

Just around the corner, in the Boscov’s concourse, a new entertainment venue is already open.  Aimpoint Airsoft is challenging customers to test their marksmanship skills.  The practice range utilizes Airsoft-brand guns that shoot soft, safe pellets at targets.  Customers may purchase 75 shots for $15 or 100 shots for $20.


The Eastwood Event Centre is located inside the Eastwood Mall, at 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, in Niles, Ohio.  The Eastwood Mall Complex is one of America’s largest shopping centers, with more than 200 department stores, specialty shops, restaurants, hotels and entertainment options.  The Eastwood Mall Complex is owned and managed in association with Cafaro-affiliated companies, based in Niles, Ohio. For more information, visit online at: and


Young Scholars Win Record Amount from Cafaro Foundation


June 7, 2021



Young Scholars Win Record Amount from Cafaro Foundation


As the current academic year ends, 41 local students are able to look forward to next year with new financial support from the Cafaro Foundation.  They will receive a total of $122,000 in scholarship grants, the largest amount ever awarded by the foundation in a single year. Trustees of the foundation selected the recipients primarily for their academic merit, while also considering the students’ financial need and the recommendations of teachers and guidance counselors.

The William M. and Alyce Cafaro Scholarship is awarded to Aiden Exline, of Girard, Ohio.

The 36 winners of John A. Cafaro Scholarships are:

Thomas Larney

Emily McNicol

Lenna Atway

Ashley Bahrey

Jenna Billet

Grace Campbell

Isabella Canzonetta

Tiara Carter

Gianna DelGarbino

Leah Durkin

Catie Herberger

Natalie Horvath

McKenna Jamieson

Abbey Johns

Brooke Meyer

Gina Ricciardi

Leah Scala

Ashley Wood

Maxwell Zuschin

Kaelyn Cleevely

Justin Clegg

Rachel Fabry

Alexis Gonda

Alyson Gonda

Courtney Hughes

Nicholas Khalil

Nicholas Markulin

Daniel McClelland

Cara McNally

Madelyn Miklandric

Anna Morgione

George Naples

Kendall Nigh

Michael Nolfi

Rocco Pilolli

Alyssa Sheely



Donald P. Pipino Memorial Scholarships are awarded to four students:


Stephen Rohan II

                                                Brandon Malahtaris

                                                Sarah Rader

                                                Kaylynn Thomas



The Cafaro Foundation is a charitable entity established by the Cafaro family in loving memory of William M. Cafaro, the founder of the real estate development and management company that bears his name.  For over a half century, Mr. Cafaro, along with his wife Alyce and brother John A. Cafaro, enthusiastically supported churches, schools, hospitals and other charitable causes.  Since its inception in 1996, the Cafaro Foundation has awarded millions of dollars in grants to worthy organizations and individuals.