Borders Site for Lease Again; Earth Fare Still Interested

At least three companies are negotiating for Royalton Road store


A change of ownership at the Borders Plaza has led to a renewed leasing effort for the former bookstore -- and Earth Fare, the grocery store that announced last year it was moving in, is still interrested.

Harvey Kay of Kay Brokerage & Consulting said he is "still in negotiations with Earth Fare" for the former Borders site.

But it's not the only store looking at the plaza.

"There are three national companies that are interested," Kay said.

He said he could not name the other retailers negotiating for the site.

Earth Fare announced last August it had signed a lease to take over the 27,000-square-foot anchor store formerly occupied by Borders.

But a few weeks later, U.S. Bank filed a foreclosure action in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court against the owner of the shopping center.

The foreclosure appeared to impact the deal with the North Carolina-based Earth Fare, which calls itself a healthy supermarket.

The company did not submit any renovation plans, and Earth Fare officials have not returned calls and e-mails from Strongsville Patch or from Strongsville officials.

Borders went out of business in 2011. The Strongsville store closed in September of that year.

Economic Development Director Brent Painter said the year-long vacancy has more to do with the owner's legal problems than with finding a tenant.

"I think the issue was more wth the ownership of the building," Painter said. "There's always been interest in the site."

Earth Fare operates 28 stores in eight states -- including Fairview Park and Fairlawn -- and offers natural foods like local and organic fruits and vegetables. The store also has a full-service meat, poultry and fish department.

It does not carry any items containing high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial colors and sweeteners, or synthetic growth hormones in meat and milk.

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Mark Kylemore January 21, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Glad to hear there are others interested. We certainly do not need another grocery store in town.
lyn January 21, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Especially since Target will be selling more grocery items. But we don't know who the others are. They might be Trader Joes, Mustard Seed or Whole Foods - same thing, but a different type store than what we have. I'd like another bookstore.
Chapman Mom January 23, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Is this really a big organic food consuming city
tom m January 24, 2013 at 04:20 PM
yes there are many silly people who don't mind spending $5.00 for a organic carrot that was grown without any man made fertilizers only grown in pure manure (lets not say what manure is) .....what is even funnier is the people who drink bottled water like aquafina .... if you look at the ingredients aquafina comes from public water sources) that is TAP WATER
Chapman Mom January 24, 2013 at 07:16 PM
OMG !!!!!!!! I am at the store right now, by the bottled water and they do say public water supply. Now I feel lied too all this time :(
Linda Bina January 25, 2013 at 06:16 PM
I am glad to hear that Earth Fare is still interested. We are in need of a healthy hormone free grocer on this part of town. Unlike other organic superstores (Mustard Seed and Whole Foods), Earth Fare sells reasonalbly priced healthy and organic food. I prefer this way better than the hormone-infused, overpriced foods that Giant Eagle sells. I would also love to see Trader Joes in there.
lyn January 26, 2013 at 01:14 PM
At least Mustard Seed is locally owned with just 2 locations - Montrose and Solon. Earth Fare has 28 stores in 8 states; out of North Carolina. Of the 2, I prefer Mustard Seed and that's because the items I buy are cheaper there, I like the store better and its locally owned - and buying more locally grown/made products for sale. But, I only buy 1 or 2 things at these type stores because I can't find what I want any place else and I can buy other food I need cheaper at a regular grocer. Just give me Giant Eagle - their prices are much more reasonable. And they do sell some organic if you want it, cheaper. Once their new store is open you probably will have an even bigger selection.
John January 26, 2013 at 02:25 PM
I'm just glad to hear there are now a total of four companies interested in the property. Hopefully one of the ones that doesn't get it will take over the Giant Eagle store, after GE leaves for its new place on Pearl this summer.
Judy Trunzo January 27, 2013 at 03:06 PM
LOVE Earth Fare. I really hope they decide to take over the spot.
Jean Williams January 27, 2013 at 03:20 PM
how about a store to compete with bestbuy
rochelle January 27, 2013 at 03:45 PM
I hope another bookstore goes in, one with a nice fireside cafe that we can converse in. We certainly don't need an overpriced, organic store! I suggest the people that like organic and enjoys paying high prices google "organic" and see the facts that it's not all what you think!
Kim L January 27, 2013 at 04:49 PM
nothing says book sales like people conversing in front of a fireplace
rochelle January 27, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Really Kim L? I said "fireside CAFE" meaning they sell food and etc...Some people just like to be impertinent.
Kim L January 27, 2013 at 05:24 PM
WOW nice word !!! how many points would that be worth in scrabble
Judy Trunzo January 27, 2013 at 05:26 PM
I don't think people who buy organic enjoy high prices. I've yet to run into anyone who said, "Man! Gotta get me some of those hi prices!" All ridiculousness aside, there are tons of facts out there and it's which ones you choose to look at. The recent Stanford Study suggesting there isn't much health benefit to organic foods was soundly rebuffed as poorly conducted and failing to consider long term effects of pesticide exposure. With increased autism and ADHD among children, and not knowing the exact causes, I think it's at least a reasonable hypothesis that it may be what we're consuming. It may or may not be, but I don't see any reason to hedge my bets and side in favor of pesticides and poisons. Organics may not help as much as we hope, but then again they may, so I'm not sure why some people are so adamant and dismissive of them. I'm pretty confident pesticides aren't good for you, just as I'm pretty sure they aren't going to put a book store into the same spot one went out of. Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti book! As a matter of fact, I'm an avid reader, just stating the obvious.
rochelle January 27, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Judy, I don't think anyone is arguing pesticides are good for you, but just because it says "organic" doesn't mean that is what you are getting. Organic has also been known to be exposed to pesticides and other harmful things. We don't need an entire overpriced store selling items you can get at other local grocery stores in the organic section. As for autism and ADHD that is a matter of opinion as IF there is even such conditions. My grandparents live and lived a long life eating whatever they wanted in "moderation" and they never heard of such conditions. I think the pharmaceutical business is raking in on a lot of this. I think a lot can be said with just changing diet or a spanking! Border's went out of business because of poor decisions NOT because of the coffee shop! That is just my opinion and I am sure many won't agree and that's fine. Have a nice day!
lyn January 28, 2013 at 12:11 AM
Judy- Your comment " just as I'm pretty sure they aren't going to put a book store into the same spot one went out of" is incorrect, to say the least. Borders left that spot because the company, not our local store, made bad management decisions and did not keep up with changes in peoples lives as it pertains to how they use books and technology - unlike Barnes & Noble. Just read any articles or financial analyst articles on Borders. I wish our city leaders would try to encourage Barnes and Noble or Books A Million to locate here. Borders always seemed to do a better than good brick and mortar business here, and with our mall, I would think another bookstore should also do well.


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