It's only Jan. 1 and there are already more than a dozen new businesses gearing to open or build here in 2013.
Two Grocery Stores
Market District -- Giant Eagle is grading land for its new grocery store on Pearl Road and hopes to open next fall.
Earth Fare -- The healthy supermarket said it will take over the former Borders store, although the company has been very quiet about its plans since the announcement.
Places to Eat
O'Charley's -- The restaurant hopes to build at Pearl and Whitney roads.
Papa John's -- Strongsville's newest place for a slice is expected to open Jan. 6.
Old Carolina -- The opening of the barbecue restaurant has been delayed, but it should be serving up pulled pork sandwiches soon.
Wine Bar -- An as-yet-unnamed wine bar and small-plate restaurant is expected to open this spring on Pearl Road.
Howe Road -- A company called Craft Brew Inc. purchased the site of a proposed daycare center next to SouthPark Mall and said it would build a restaurant with outdoor patio.
Architectural Justice -- The Medina-based company is renovating an old gas station on Pearl Road for a home design showroom with small indoor and outdoor eating areas.
Dynamic Fitness -- A small fitness company has turned the former Ethan Allen store at SouthPark Mall into an upscale, full-service gym. It opens Jan. 2.
Sheetz -- The company wants to erect a gas station and car wash at Whitney and Pearl.
Fifth Third Bank -- The bank is building a new branch on Pearl Road in front of the MetroHealth offices.
Head Over Heels Gymnastics -- The Prospect Road gym will move into the former Bounce City site.
Quality Catering -- A local company bought two adjacent parcels on Pearl Road at Whitney Road and will market it to a developer.
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