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State Road Acme Sets New Opening Date

The grocery store was slated to open in January of this year; now city and store officials plan an opening date of mid- to late-April

Updated Feb. 13, 4:15 p.m.

Those waiting for the unveiling of the State Road Acme's expansion won't have to wait much longer.

City and store officials say the opening will come this spring.

In addition to interior work, Cuyahoga Falls Planning and Zoning Director Fred Guerra said the store must also make some changes to comply with city codes. Those changes include the window openings on 23rd Street and finishing the employee parking lots.

"What makes it difficult is because they're keeping the old store open while they're building the new store," Guerra said. "They're building the new store around the old store, basically."

The store's square footage will more than double, from 25,000 square feet to 52,500 square feet.

The Cuyahoga Falls Planning Commission conducted a walkthrough of the Acme Fresh Market #10 construction site in November 2012 and later met to determine the fate of glass block windows that had been installed across the east side of the new building. 

Plans submitted by Acme had called for plate-glass windows and awnings versus glass blocks, and the city wasn't notified of the design change, which drew the ire of several commission members.

However, after seeing the changes, the commission voted 6-0 to keep the newly installed windows, which will become an integral part of an artistic concept approved by Steve Albrecht, owner of Acme's parent company Albrecht, Inc. 

The $8 million grocery store is located on land acquired during the past decade by Albrecht Inc., Acme's parent company and the retail and industrial real estate arm of the Fred W. Albrecht Grocery Co.

Jim Nilsen, president and treasurer of Albecht Inc., told Cuyahoga Falls Patch in the spring of 2012 that the customer base at the State Road Acme “has been enormously patient” awaiting improvements to the store built in 1949.

“At one time it was a state-of-the-art grocery store,” Nilsen said then. By today’s standards, though, “it’s way, way undersized.”

Rich W. February 13, 2013 at 07:34 PM
How about an update on the elusive Portage Crossing project?
Kay McIntosh February 13, 2013 at 07:55 PM
The city should have absolutely no say in what the store does with the land that IT owns. They should be allowed to use whatever type of windows they choose. That's absurd.
Rich W. February 13, 2013 at 07:58 PM
"The store's square footage will nearly double. It will increase from 25,000 square feet to 52,500 square feet." Ummmm... Thats over double.
Michael Nipper II February 13, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Pretty sure the article said more than double, and I believe the window choice is a structural issue. I am also anxiously awaiting more news on the Portage Crossing "job".
Morgan Day (Editor) February 13, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Hi Rich. Here's what John Deike wrote 12 days ago: http://patch.com/A-17yb I'll make sure to get the news out when there's more to report.
John Deike February 14, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Thanks for catching that typo, Rich. We made the change.
Mandy B March 05, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Pretty sure that Acme sucks and doesn't really care about the surrounding community. Highly doubt the project will be done in April or May either, since I was promised by Acme that it would be done March 15 by Sue Gunthier(sp) back in January when they were dropping walls at 5:30am. This store has been nothing but a thorn in my side and an eyesore to the neighborhood for the past 9 months.
Darla DeNiro April 04, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Acme's way too expensive - all my grocery buying is done at Marcs. I like the fancy windows though.

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