September 20, 2014

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Saul Schottenstein, Value City co-founder, dies

COLUMBUS — Saul Schottenstein, the co-founder of Value City Department Stores Inc. whose family had donated millions to medical research and Jewish charities, died Saturday. He was 85.

Schottenstein died at 4:50 a.m. at Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus, nursing supervisor Lee Ann Williams said.

He had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for nearly 15 years, nephew Jay Schottenstein said.

In his work for Value City Department Stores, Saul Schottenstein managed the retailer’s women’s merchandising for more than 60 years.

He supervised the purchase, display and sale of merchandise, his nephew said.

“In his day, he was one of the pre-eminent ladies merchants in the U.S.,” Jay Schottenstein said.

Saul Schottenstein and his family donated $2 million to Ohio State University to help establish the Schottenstein Family Cancer Research Laboratories at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute.

The family also donated $12.5 million to OSU for the sports facility known as the Jerome Schottenstein Center and Value City Arena. Jerome Schottenstein, who died in 1992, was Saul Schottenstein’s brother and chairman of Schottenstein Stores.