Brothers, Bob & John grew up in Lithuania. They were very young when a war with Russia and Germany broke out. Their parents loaded the family of 5 girls and 4 boys on a wagon and headed for safety. This journey took almost 10 years. During that time, they lost their oldest sister. In 1950, the Lutheran Church sponsored the family and brought them to a farm in Marysville, Ohio. Bob grew up to be a union finish carpenter. John became a union plumber and pipe fitter.
Throughout their years in the construction industry, they saw a great deal of waste with previously owned store fixtures. Stores needed to change their look, but had nowhere to dispose of the old fixtures. And then there were people on a tight budget needing fixtures to open their small independent stores, but could not afford new store fixtures.
So with that in mind, the brothers felt the need to start a business where previously owned store fixtures could be purchased. In the spring of 1987, Ohio Store Fixtures was formed. Bob & John personally constructed 3 warehouses consisting of 56,000 square feet on 4 acres. The buildings house new and pre-owned store fixtures, everything from clothing racks, slatwall, gridwire, showcases, pallet racking, and backroom shelving. So many things that their motto was: ”If we don’t have it, then you don’t need it.”
In 2001, John retired. Lisa, Bob’s daughter purchased John’s stock. Before the stock purchase, Lisa was in charge of the accounting and office duties from the start. She has two boys that grew up in the business and are now employed by the business.
November 30, 2008, Bob passed away. He will always be missed, but his family dream will continue.
Several improvements have been made to the buildings. Recently, a front showroom was added to show off some of our most popular fixtures. We will be adding classes on various topics as customers continue to request them. It’s a fun place to visit to get new ideas or find that special fixture to help increase your sales. We treat everyone as if they are family. Customer service has and will always be our number one priority.