For more than 50 years, one of this region's most popular shopping haunts has been nestled in a
hodge-podge of buildings in the heart of Dunbar.
But that will change.
Donald D'Amico Sr., Pechin president and CEO, announced in a printed statement issued to local
media Wednesday that the shopping village will relocate to the Laurel Mall.
"While our prices will not change, we are certain the improved atmosphere and merchandise
accessibility will deliver a new and exciting shopping experience to our customers,'' he said.
In his statement, D'Amico said Pechin Shopping Village will remain open in its current location
throughout the relocation process, to "ensure a comfortable transition for our valued customers.
"We would like to thank our loyal customers for 58 years of dedication. With this move we look
forward to another 58 years of providing you quality products at an affordable price,'' he said.
D'Amico added that a grand opening celebration is scheduled for mid-July.
A rumor that has surfaced about once a year for several years has had Pechin buying and moving
into Laurel Mall, which fronts Route 119 near Mount Braddock. In a 1997 interview with the
Herald-Standard, Donald D'Amico and his father, Sullivan, who founded the company, said that
move was not a prospect, although Sullivan D'Amico claimed nothing was impossible given enough
Wednesday's announcement about the relocation said nothing about whether Pechin will rent space
in or buy the mall.
Shirley Humbertson of the mall management office suggested that D'Amico's announcement was a
"bit premature," and said she had no further comment.
"I contacted our corporate communications office, and they told me they would have a statement
later,'' she said.
New Plan Realty Trust owns Laurel Mall.
Dunbar Township Supervisor Chairman Tom Yekel said Pechin's move from its present location to
Laurel Mall would more than likely benefit the company.
"They sure will have better access to Route 119," said Yekel. "I think it's a good move, because it's
a nicer store."
Yekel said as far as the township is concerned, the move will not make a difference because the
present store is already located in the municipality.
"I really think this is a real good move for the owners," said Yekel. "It's right off the highway, they
will have plenty of parking and they have the traffic lights, which makes it easy and safe for people to
get in and out," he said.
Pechin's market has received national attention and is visited regularly by not only area shoppers, but
also those from West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia and Maryland.
The news of the move comes several months after the death of Sullivan D'Amico at age 87.
In the 1997 interview, D'Amico said he began the business in 1947 in the basement of a two-story
house, offering service that included home delivery, sometimes making the last drops by midnight.
Today, the D'Amico family operates what is obviously a multimillion-dollar annual business that sells
everything from batteries to beef and has been written about in the Wall Street Journal and the
National Enquirer, which wrote up the restaurant for the lowest priced hamburger in the United
The Pechin shopping experience includes a visit to a cafeteria, variety store, grocery store and other
The market today offers groceries, a delicatessen, drug and tobacco outlet, variety store, clothing
store (Casual Connections), house, auto and garden center, Sports World, Golf Shop, beverage
distributor, cafeteria, bakery, Pizza Outlet and a catering business.
The business also includes Pechin Lumber, with sites in Dunbar, Republic, Fairchance and a cement
and block plant in Denbo and Carmichaels.