Mayor: Menards, Cinemark, New Get-Go Likely Coming to Cuyahoga Falls

Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart discussed the retail projects Monday with the Akron Beacon Journal.

Mayor Don Robart confirmed Monday that developer Stark Enterprises is close to finalizing a set of deals that would bring a 10-screen Cinemark movie theatre to the proposed Portage Crossing site, a Menards to Graham Road and a new Get-Go to Portage and State Roads, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Original plans called for Menards and Giant Eagle to anchor Portage Crossing, but plans were sidetracked in November after Stark and Cuyahoga Falls officials were unable to clear room for the proposed 240,000-square-foot, two-story home improvement store when the owner of a nearby Pizza Hut refused to sell his land. 

New plans under discussion may lead to the demolition of the Graham Road Giant Eagle to make room for a scaled-back, one-story Menards store. 

Under this scenario, a Giant Eagle would then be constructed at Portage Crossing and the Graham Road Get-Go station would be moved to the corner of State and Portage Roads where a Marathon station now stands, according to the Beacon.  

Michael Symon’s B Spot Restaurant, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt remain in the Portage Crossing project, said Robart. 

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Earl Elevant January 03, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Trader Joe's won't come. They already said that. Convince them to come and you might be onto something. Until then... (And, yes, I'd love to have one here as well.)
robert falls January 04, 2013 at 02:09 PM
When is the media going to start asking hard questions of our mayor regarding this project? Why are we 4 years into the project with nary a signed contract? Why have they missed multiple deadlines for breaking ground? Why does the developer refuse to confirm claims made by the mayor regarding new signees? How many times will the mayor (and council) agree to enhance/alter Stark's development contract in spite of zero progress in signing actual lessees? And at what point did the mayor ask Stark to hire Mr. Robart's son, Michael? Somebody's gonna end up in jail on this deal. And did anybody see that Stark's "signature" development, Crocker Park, was recently downgraded by its bondholders due to financial underperformance? Could this have anything to do with Stark's lack of progress at Portage Crossing? Where's the money, Don and Bob?
James January 04, 2013 at 09:56 PM
@jack. I have taken business classes and I own my own company. You on the other hand must not have a good job or one at all since you have so much time complaint about what everyone else is commenting on. These are our thoughts and ideas, they don't need criticized by you.
Nicole Hoover January 04, 2013 at 10:09 PM
I'd be more than happy to start a petition! You'd get people from nearby neighborhoods that would come to the Falls for that!
Earl Elevant January 05, 2013 at 08:42 AM
I think their goal now is to put it on the back burner until everyone forgets about it.


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