Leetonia man gets Sparkle building

LISBON — A Leetonia-area businessman is the person who purchased the former Sparkle supermarket after it closed Oct. 31.

Center Commerce Development LLC purchased the 24,000-square-foot building and accompanying 3.8 acres at auction on Nov. 20 for $363,000, according to Columbiana County auditor records. Articles of incorporation creating Center Commerce were filed Dec. 21 with the Ohio secretary of state.

Center Development’s agent is listed as Thomas E. Eastek Jr. of Leetonia. According to his Linked-In page, Eastek is president of a trucking company, an option trader, member of E Squared Holdings and manages self storage units and single and multi-family housing units.

Eastek could not be reached to determine his plans.

The supermarket property was owned by the Hillyer Family Trust, which started out as an IGA Foodliner in 1968. For the past 31 years it had been operated as a Sparkle market by the Furrie and Vitullo families.

Four other parcels of property owned by the trust were also sold at auction, all to JLC Farms LLC, which was incorporated on Dec. 1. Laura Wallace, 37912 Saltwell Road, Lisbon, is listed as the agent.

JLC purchased 4 acres on state Route 45, another 14 acres on Route 45, 13.6 acres at 38696 Saltwell Road, and 1.3 acres at 7785 Route 45, for a combined $206,264.



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