Tuesday, December 11, 2012
No plans have been announced to fill the Van Aken space, but what retailer or concept do you think would be successful there?
Shaker Heights Patch readers expressed disappointment and concern a month ago when Panera Bread announced that it was closing the Van Aken Boulevard location in favor of its Cedar Center store. The eatery's final day of operation was Nov. 21. City officials want to fill the Shaker Plaza space, but nothing is on the table yet. "Panera is ADDING stores nationwide and not closing or rationalizing them, in any way shape or form," a user named Elmer Evans previously commented. "They are one of, if not the premier retail food establishment these days. This is an embarrassment for the city and is an indication of how bad an investment both Van Aken and Shaker Town Plaza are to large retail chains." Meanwhile, our Facebook fans gave a few …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Last day of business will be Nov. 21
Panera Bread will soon close its Shaker Heights location. The final day of operation at 20060 Van Aken Blvd. will be Nov. 21, manager Shannon Ross said. The company is closing the Shaker Plaza location in favor of a soon-to-open site at Cedar Center in South Euclid. The city first reported the news Monday afternoon on its Facebook page. "As you know, we've secured all of the funding for the reconfiguration of the Warrensville/Van Aken intersection and are in the midst of planning for the revitalization of the Van Aken District," Shaker's Facebook page reads. "As that proceeds, we expect it to attract additional restaurants, coffee houses and gathering places." Shaker Heights Economic Development Director Tania Menesse said refilling the …
Monday, August 20, 2012
The city's Facebook fans had plenty of ideas and opinions on what do at Shaker Plaza on Van Aken Boulevard
It's been about a week since we asked you what type of businesses you'd like to see fill vacancies at Shaker Plaza. It's an area that officials hope can be revived as plans for the Van Aken District continue to develop. Though the response wasn't direct, we learned that people in Shaker have plenty to say about this plaza. The city shared our article on its Facebook fan page and the response there was overwhelming. You can view the ideas residents had to help this plaza rebound by looking at the Storify widget above. Follow Shaker Heights Patch on Twitter and 'Like' us on Facebook!
Monday, August 13, 2012
Three vacancies need to be filled at the plaza along Van Aken Boulevard
Residents and Shaker Heights officials all long for Shaker Plaza to return to a thriving retail hub. It will certainly play a vital role in the formation of the upcoming Van Aken District project. While businesses like Cleveland Running Co. have popped up at the plaza, there are still a few vacancies that need to be filled. Spaces at 20116, 20140 and 20144 Van Aken Blvd. all need tenants. The space at 20144 sits right next to Cleveland Running Co., which has been in business for about a year. Steven Roth, a senior vice president at Beachwood-based Guggenheim Commercial Real Estate Group, said he's proud that the plaza added three tenants in the last 12 months. Still, the company has having difficulties finding "credit-worthy tenants" to …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Running and sports gear store owner is excited to be part of Van Aken District
The chance to become part of a Shaker Plaza resurgence did anything but scare Jeff Fisher, who co-owns Cleveland Running Co. "That probably sealed the deal in this location," he said. "The potential of revitalizing this area. You look at population density within three miles of here, and it's off the charts. The number of cars that go through Warrensville (Center Road) and Chagrin (Boulevard), it's staggering. "To me, it's exciting." The running, walking and hiking gear store recently celebrated a year in business at 20150 Van Aken Blvd. During that time, Fisher says he and co-owner Kelly Green have worked to become a fitness resource to customers. In return, Fisher believes those customers have welcomed the store, expressing the hope that…