Recipe for Success
One “hungry” eager young man
One supportive wife
Two sons, one daughter in law
A wide variety of products sourced from friends and customers
24/7 hard work and dedication
Mix well, continue for the next 33 years and you have World of Values….a business often imitated, but never reproduced
In 1982, Jack Maskowitz left a very prestigious position with an electronics company. With no more than a high school education, a dream, and an overwhelming need to be successful, he created World of Values in a 25,000 sq ft. storefront in North Huntingdon, PA.
Jack, persevered with 20 employees, his wife Sadie, son Scott, daughter in law Lisa, soon followed by son Barry. They worked long hours, seven days a week sourcing and merchandising products for the store…. often driving a truck to Philadelphia and back twice a week to pick up wicker and so many other household items.
“Personal relationships are the most important component of a successful business”, according to the Maskowitz School of Commerce. Many suppliers became close friends.
They were proud to be able to offer closeout items at unheard of prices from sources all around the world: Wicker baskets, furniture, dishes, trim a tree, and a wide variety of household items. This concept preceded all of the discount and dollar stores of today.
The business continued to grow and expand to new stores in White Oak and Monroeville. Then in 1989, World of Values opened it’s flagship store in the WOW Outlet building in Greensburg. It became the major tenant and a major draw. Soon after, Jack and family were able to purchase the entire building.
World of Values continues successfully as a family enterprise. Today, Jack is mostly retired, and lives in Naples Florida. Sadie is deceased, but the business continues to flourish under the leadership of son Barry. Both Lisa and Scott have maintained vital roles in all aspects of World of Values.