AVON — Rumors that Giant Eagle planned to move from Avon Lake to land on Nagel Road have officially been debunked: Another large-scale grocery store has announced plans for the area.
Avon Planning Director Jim Piazza said Thursday that Michigan-based Meijer intends to build a 192,900-square-foot grocery and retail store on 23 acres on the southwest corner of Interstate 90 and Nagel Road.
Meijer also has indicated it will build a 2,600-square-foot convenience store and gas station in front of the store, too, Piazza said.
“It’s been rumored for several years that Meijer was interested in Avon,” Piazza said. “Now they’ve officially applied.”
Meijer has more than 40 stores in Ohio in areas around Toledo, Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati. An Avon store would be the second location in north-central Ohio, the first being in Sandusky.
Frank Guglielmi, Meijer senior director of communication, said a typical Meijer location, which is open 24 hours, includes a pharmacy, garden center and gas station with convenience store and employs around 300 people in a combination of full- and part-time positions.
Guglielmi said it’s too early to provide a development timeline and the privately held company doesn’t release projected investment costs.
“We currently have the site in Avon under contract (to purchase) and are in the due diligence phase,” he said in an email message. “We do not own the property yet.”
Piazza said the city talked with Meijer’s engineers for several weeks but they weren’t sure whether Meijer intended to move forward with a project until Thursday. The Meijer project is one of many, including a Cleveland Clinic expansion, a congregate care facility, a physical rehabilitation center, a day care center, a Get-Go gas station, Menards and Levin Furniture, to spring up near the Nagel Road interchange over the past year.
“This (Meijer) takes care of all the commercially zoned property on the south side (of Interstate 90) right now,” Piazza said. “The property owners to the west of the location could request rezoning but they haven’t done so yet.”
A second project on seven acres of land along Detroit Road near the Vintage House Cafe just east of state Route 83 also was announced Thursday.
Economic Development Coordinator Pam Fechter said Michigan-based Granger Group intends to build a First and Main congregate care facility.
Fechter said the two-phase project calls for construction of a 100,000-square-foot building with 104 units of assisted living in the first phase and 64,000-square-feet of additional space for 40 more units in the second phase.
Both projects will be discussed during an April 15 Planning Commission meeting.
Contact Jon Wysochanski at 329-7123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.