FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 24, 2017
Lindsey McGlaughlin, Oglebay Marketing Manager – 304-243-4127
Herb Faulkenberry, Oglebay Vice President of Sales and Marketing – 304-243-4114
Oglebay Announces New Partnership with Wildlife Trading Company
WHEELING, W.VA. – Oglebay announces a new partnership with Wildlife Trading Company (WTC) to provide a best-in-class shopping experience at many of the park’s retail outlets, including Carriage House Glass, Farmhouse Sweets & Treats, Nature Express at the Good Zoo, and The Resort Shop at Wilson Lodge. The partnership will take effect on October 1, 2017, just in time for Oglebayfest, Boo at the Zoo and Festival of Lights.
“I’m excited about this new partnership,” said Steve Hilliard, President and CEO of Wheeling Park Commission. “Over time, the retail industry has become extremely specialized and competitive. In order to keep pace and consistently offer products and services that delight our customers, it’s necessary to partner with an industry-leading retailer like Wildlife Trading Company. In addition to providing guests and community members with a best-in-class shopping experience, a brand new selection of merchandise will further diversify the retail options available to local shoppers.”
Most importantly, WTC will provide specialized support and buying expertise, enabling Oglebay to offer a refreshed inventory of exciting new products and a memorable shopping experience. WTC’s transition to Oglebay will be virtually invisible to visitors, as WTC will become an extension of Oglebay’s existing retail team and current retail employees will have the opportunity to continue employment.
“Oglebay knows the needs and expectations of its visitors better than anyone else and we could never claim to have that knowledge,” says James Ward, President and CEO of Wildlife Trading Company. “It is our job to bring the beauty and excitement of Oglebay into each of the shops, creating a cohesive and delightful shopping experience for all visitors. I couldn’t be more excited to partner with such a respected and loved property. We look forward to carrying the retail torch and providing an exceptional shopping experience for visitors and community members.”
ABOUT WILDLIFE TRADING COMPANY
Wildlife Trading Company manages retail operations at leisure and cultural attractions in North America and Caribbean. WTC is recognized as the leader in retail operations by developing the highest quality retail experiences. With a highly experienced corporate and retail staff, WTC continues to be the innovator in store design, product development, operations and customer service; achieving an average increase of over 100% in per capita revenues. Wildlife Trading Company prides itself in developing customized relationships, store designs and products to meet the unique needs of each partner and its guests. Learn more at www.wtcnm.com.
Located in Wheeling, WV, Oglebay offers 1,700 acres of year-round recreational opportunities and excellent overnight accommodations, while maintaining the property’s natural beauty. Oglebay is the perfect venue for events, meetings, vacations, weekend getaways, relaxing at the spa or golfing on one of four golf courses, including two championship courses. For generations, families, groups, organizations and individuals have indulged in the tradition and spirit that make Oglebay unique. Learn more at www.oglebay.com.