Giant Eagle operates two stores in Cuyahoga Falls, but one might move if plans progress for a retail development the city has been working to kick start.
Giant Eagle officials tell the Beacon they're interested in becoming an anchor store at the Portage Crossing retail development off of State Road. Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart said the store of a major anchor would take up 94,000 square feet.
The Pittsburgh-based chain would then have to move its Graham Road location just down the street.
Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart told 1590 WAKR's Ray Horner back in December that the city had 15 businesses committed in one fashion or another to the development of Portage Crossing.
"Whether it be through a letter of intent or a signed lease or expressed some desire in wanting to be part of the team," Robart said.
Groundbreaking is expected to start no later than the fall of 2013.
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Interest shown recently by retailers and businesses could change the game when it comes to possible occupants at Portage Crossing in Cuyahoga Falls.
The former site of the State Road Shopping Center, still sits vacant with a sign previewing the new complex on the way.
"No one is more impatient than I am," said Don Robart, mayor of Cuyahoga Falls on the 1590 WAKR Ray Horner Morning Show. "I want everything to happen now. Despite the fact that nothing looks like it's going on, there's a ton going on under the radar screen."
With changes in the size of the proposed shopping complex growing from 270,000 square feet to now 500,000 square feet and new possible vendors, Robart said it could be as early as 60 days from now that the official announcement of retailers moving in would be made.
"The interest as of particularly late has been tremendous," he said. "Our developers came back from Chicago, there was a lot of interest shown by developers and businesses that weren't even in the ballpark prior to this."
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While an announcement of tenants was expected around Labor Day weekend. Robart said the developer is working to meet the community's needs and demographic for the right fit. Robart admits the city is behind on the project, as he said the economy and recession is slowing down the progress.
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"Who's building anything right now?" he said. It's just not being done. So the fact that we're still moving ahead, we still have what we see is a deadline on the project I think is good news for Cuyahoga Falls and certainly the region."
Robart expects groundbreaking to take place in late winter or early spring of 2012, with a completion goal aimed for fall of 2013.
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