Business Boomed in Strongsville in 2011
Here's a recap of some of the retail activity this last year
There's a recession out there, sure, but it was hard to tell by the amount of retail activity in Strongsville this year.
"We've been very lucky," Economic Development Director Brent Painter has said.
Here's an overview of what went on in town:
Jimmy John's opens a sandwich shop on Pearl Road.
United Art and Education chooses Strongsville for a superstore.
Michael Symon opens a B Spot restaurant in the Greens of Strongsville.
Conte's coffee shop and Italian pastry business launches on Prospect Road.
The Cute Little Cake Shop opens a new bakery in Strongsville Towne Centre.
Dunkin' Donuts sets up shop in a new retail plaza on Pearl Road.
Malley's Chocolates opens in the same retail plaza, joining an existing Malley's in Westfield SouthPark.
Samurai Sushi Bar and Hibachi Steakhouse opens in the Plaza at SouthPark.
In the Works
A Chick-fil-A is under construction on Royalton Road next to Rockne's, with a Jan. 12 opening set.
Discount Drug Mart was supposed to open in December at the corner of Prospect and Royalton roads, but is now expected to be completed early in 2012.
Elevated Fitness plans to open on the upper floor of the former Bally's building on Pearl Road.
First Federal of Lakewood built the new plaza that contains Malley's and Dunkin' Donut and will move into its slot soon.
Pure DeLite expects to open a guilt-free cupcake shop on Royalton Road early next year.
Hospitality Restaurants announce they will open an unnamed eatery in the Plaza at SouthPark in 2012.
Dynamic Fitness got city approval to turn the former Ethan Allen store on Howe Road into a full-service gym.
A new developer took over the property at Whitney and Pearl roads and is lining up tenants as soon as legal issues are cleared up. O'Charley's restaurant already applied for a liquor license there, but pulled it because of some technicalities.
Giant Eagle announced plans to close its SouthPark store and build a huge new supermarket on Pearl Road on the site of Strongsville Golf. Construction is to start next year if voters approve a rezoning on the March ballot.
Other Retail Moves
Borders closed all its stores this year. The Strongsville site is vacant, but officials said there has been interest in it.
Palate restaurant left its Pearl Road location, and Bounce City closed in March.
Kumo Buffet sought to open a buffet on the lower level of the Bally's building, but the plan was turned down because of a lack of parking.