WAUSAU - A new furniture gallery at the Wausau Center mall hopes to bring back customers and jobs to the struggling shopping center.
After a soft opening earlier this summer that store officially opened Tuesday.
HOM Furniture cut the ribbon on its new Wausau store with the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce and members of the community in attendance.
Owner Rod Johansen said he's happy to be supporting the Wausau area. He said Marathon County was a prime location to grow HOM's distribution network in Wisconsin.
"We felt that Wausau was a market that could use additional resources, being out here kind of in middle of its own area," said Johansen. "Its kind of a retail trade center and so we look at those as places we would like to support."
Johansen said HOM will also support the community with new jobs it hopes to fill soon. On the HOM website, there are currently six open positions for the Wausau location.
Johansen said when he found out in July the Wausau Center was up for sale, he wasn't discouraged but saw it as a new opportunity.
"[If] Somebody getting involved in it that's going to be more interested in turning it into an asset and doing something with it; we're thinking that there will be some good opportunities," said Johansen.
HOM is hosting a grand opening sale through the rest of this week.