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Menards Signs On To Portage Crossing

The surprise announcement came at Monday night's Cuyahoga Falls City Council meeting.

Ready for the next big box store in Cuyahoga Falls?

Menards, a Wisconsin-based, home improvement retailer, will join Giant Eagle and act as the second anchor store in the much-anticipated , said Robert Stark, CEO of the Stark Enterprises, during Monday night's Cuyahoga Falls Committee meeting. 

The "prototypical" design calls for a two-story, 236,000 sq. ft. facility, which, formalities aside, will be situated at the northern end of the 28-acre parcel off State Road and Portage Trail, he said.

Menards, centered in 13 midwestern states, sells building materials, hardware, electrical, millwork, wall coverings, plumbing and housewares, and features an outdoor garden center, according to menards.com.

Monday's news follows last week's announcement that Michael Symon’s B Spot, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Panera Bread, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and Pet Supplies Plus had all signed into the retail space.

With the newest acquisition, Stark said 91 percent of the 400,000 sq. ft., $60 million project has been leased.

Before construction begins on Menards and Giant Eagle, City Councilman Jerry James said each new big box store will most likely go through the Planning Commission and City Council to review design plans and receive final approval.

Stark Enterprises is set to break ground this June. The one-phase construction plan has a projected spring 2014 completion date.

joe April 17, 2012 at 09:05 PM
@Roger, I agree if Giant Eagle and Menard's are the anchor stores, this plaza has problems, what is the draw to the plaza for more money spending, restaurants and what, good luck Mr. Stark
Jan Durfee April 18, 2012 at 11:10 AM
I was hoping for a store that sells clothing and other various household goods, something like Kohl's.
Dean April 18, 2012 at 04:22 PM
And just how far away is Lowe's and Home Depot?
Jack Kelly April 18, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Comparing their other local properties to Portage Crossings is apples and oranges. Especially since NONE OF THOSE were ever proposed like Portage Crossings is. Portage Crossings was not billed as a "lifestyle center." If some of you bothered to educate yourself rather than complaining all of the time, you would know exactly how it will be laid out. Which WON'T BE like it was before. a long strip of stores and then a mass of concrete for parking. It's going to be configured differently, it will be walkable/ped-friendly and will not even remotely resemble what was there for 50 years. Menards, most likely, will probably take one side of the sides of Portage Trail, with some smaller stores 'fronting' it or around it and the rest of the retailers taking the other side of Portage Trail. Not to mention, "anchors" do not have to be attached; that's a shopping mall/attached shopping center mentality. I can't help but laugh at so many people who think this place already has "problems." Please stop acting like you're actually educated on this stuff.
wmfr April 23, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I bought my house in the falls 3 years ago and I did a lot of research on the community as it related to crime and business development and at the time the portgage crossing project was being discussed and approved, I was excited about the idea of this and am happy it's going to be built. I have noticed a number of very negative residents in the falls as it relates to the city and this project, I see someone posted that in 5-7 years this building will be empty and a thrift store will take it's location over. I know that the developer has done their part on on studying the demographic and they believe this will work and I do as well. To the people that are always negative about this community, I would pose this question: What should the falls do with that land? How can you argue this is not a huge step in this community and improvement? These are all high end retailers and while I agree it's disappointing Giant Eagle will leave an empty property it's still a win for the falls to have 60 million invested in this land and Acme rebuilding on state road. Seems everything is criticized that the city does. I am happy living here and know the city will be better because of this project.

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