LIBERTY, Ohio (WKBN) – Two Youngstown veterans came back after serving the country and decided to embark on a business venture in their hometown.
The men opened Ohio Liquidation on Belmont Avenue in Liberty about five months ago, despite their initial doubts that a Youngstown-area business could be successful. The business specializes in discounted furniture and household merchandise.
“OK, we’re going to go back to Youngstown to open up a store, and I’m like, ‘Ahh, possibly somewhere else,'” said Hamza Abdelqadar.
Abdelqadar was stationed in South Carolina for four years, and although the population of the Youngstown area has dropped almost 3 percent in the past five years, Abdelqadar said he knew there was a niche for such a business in the area. He and business partner Emad Mahmoud took the plunge into business ownership.
Since Ohio Liquidation opened, Abdelqadar said business has been slowly growing.
“We put everything into this store, literally everything,” he said. “We just want it to be successful, and right now, it’s trending up.”
The men said in two weeks, they plan to open a warehouse just across the street.