What Do You Want to Come to Avon?

Lots of development coming, give us your wish list!

Big changes are coming for Avon.

Work on the new interchange at Nagel Road and Interstate 90 is set to begin this year. The Cleveland Clinic facility there is being built. There is a lot of undeveloped land near that interchange.

And let's not forget Chester Road. Just west of Jaycox Road, the Richard E. Jacobs Group has been it owns between Chester and Interstate 90. While the company has not announced what will go in there, something will eventually.

Let's talk growth. What would you like to see go into those pieces of land? Avon Patch came up with 10 ideas. These are all our ideas, nothing suggested to us by anyone official. It's just pure speculative fun.

We've set up a poll for you to vote on which of these you like. Here are the ten possibilities we dreamed up:

  1. When IKEA came to Ohio in 2008, it chose to go to Cincinnati. Clevelanders have to drive to either Canton, MI, or Pittsburgh to get their Klippan couches and Swedish meatballs. If the company decides to come to Northeast Ohio, Avon's got the land for it.
  2. The east side has two Whole Foods. The west side has none. Not fair!
  3. Sonic Drive-In almost came to Avon Crossings last year. Maybe a spot at the Nagel interchange could finally get us our cherry lime-ades.
  4. Meijer is a midwest grocery superstore chain. The closest one is in Sandusky. Is it ready to take on the Cleveland market?
  5. The east side has an outlet mall in Aurora. South of Cleveland, there's the outlet mall in Lodi. The west side may be due for one, and a site with visibility from and easy access to the interstate would be ideal.
  6. Crate & Barrel has modern furniture and decor, gourmet kitchen goods and colorful style. The closest one is at Legacy Village on the east side. We'd love them on the west side!
  7. Sur La Table is a foodie paradise. You can get the finest cookware like Le Creuset and All-Clad, specialty kitchen tools and foods. Once again, the east side has one (at Eton) and we don't. 
  8. Let's not forget the guys! How about a Cabela's? It'd be the first one of the outdoor sports store in Ohio. The closest Cabelas are Dundee, MI, and Wheeling, WV.
  9. Patch reporter and Julie A. Short recommended Old Time Pottery. Bargain-hunters love this place for everything from inexpensive glassware to outdoor decor.
  10. OK, I admit my bias on this one. I love Wegmans. Almost as much as Alec Baldwin's mom loves Wegmans. It's one of the few things I miss from my time living in Syracuse. I have driven to the closest one, in Erie, PA, to shop, and always make a stock-up stop at the Wegmans in Wilkes-Barre, PA, when I'm coming home from visiting my family in Connecticut. What is it about Wegmans that people love? It's a superstore with great customer service, good prices, great produce and prepared foods, and the selection is outstanding. Their store brand of products is terrific. Wegmans is regularly listed as one of the best companies to work for in the country. Wegmans coming here would be like my birthday, Christmas and my wedding anniversary all rolled into one in terms of how I'd celebrate.

So, Avon, what do you think? Wallow in the possibilities. Vote in the poll, then share your views in the comments here.

Rolland Bryar March 07, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Sonic, Ikea and Meijer!! Any or all 3 would be fantastic! How about a PF Chang's too?
Kim March 07, 2011 at 09:08 PM
They should have left it as trees. We definitely do not need any more big box stores. There is stll open space near petco. Fill up those spaces before ripping down more trees.
Todd March 07, 2011 at 09:19 PM
I'm with you Kim. Avon doesn't need to become Westlake or Strongsville!! It's hard enough now to get around with traffic! We don't need any more shopping strips that'll be half empty a year after they're built. Use some of the vacant buildings on Detroit Road!!
Karen Miller March 08, 2011 at 12:43 AM
Nothing! there are too many vacancies! how can new businesses come in when others can't thrive. No more banks.. no more development until there is a serious need
kate kalvitz March 08, 2011 at 03:16 AM
Why couldn't they leave the trees until something was planned to go there? I totally understand that it will be developed but the tree clearing could have waited until such time.
44RoN March 08, 2011 at 04:00 AM
Ikea or an outlet mall would be great. Then there's some talk about American Greetings relocating within Northeast Ohio.
Kathy March 11, 2011 at 04:07 PM
California Pizza Kitchen!
Melissa Hebert March 11, 2011 at 04:15 PM
Great idea!
Melissa Hebert March 11, 2011 at 04:17 PM
Reports are that if AG comes to the west side, it's going to be Westlake. The family of AG CEO Zev Weiss has a minority stake in Crocker Park.
Todd March 11, 2011 at 07:01 PM
Instead of a pizza chain, why not visit the locally owned Pizza Rak at Whistlers? We don't need anything else in Avon!
44RoN March 13, 2011 at 01:02 AM
Yes, that's their only option at the west side. Others are at Beachwood, Independence, and Brecksville. Avon could probably attract business from the company if other unique business establishments (e.g. restaurants) sprouts somewhere near the Avon-Westlake boundary should AG decide to move to our neighboring city.
Melissa Hebert March 13, 2011 at 01:17 AM
I know I'm pulling for it!
Sarah March 14, 2011 at 03:31 AM
We don't need any more banks or car/oil change shops! I am all for some nice shops (i.e. Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Sur la Table, Williams Sonoma) And we need some good restaurants, PF Changs, would be awesome!! Not fair east side gets all the good stuff!!
Bill Conners June 23, 2011 at 04:55 AM
Rolland I spoke with one of the Sonic franchisees a few months back, he said the problem is once the land owner finds out Sonic is interested in the property costs go up 3-4 times as they try to make a quick buck. After the land and building costs I understand that's a lot of chili dogs to sell! But I am still holding out hope.
Bill Conners June 23, 2011 at 05:11 AM
I have heard Whole foods is coming to the west side, I have a friend who works for them but just not sure where. Did not find anything on a google search for stories. That would be a great addition to Avon or in Avon Lake at old Tops. I have been wanting a Meijer for years as well but not holding out hope. Last year on our way to FLA we stopped in Nashville to visit friends and ended up doing a shopping trip at old time pottery and hauling the goodies down and back! So that would be a nice choice as well as Ikea.
Rolland Bryar June 24, 2011 at 04:38 PM
thank you Bill for that news about Sonic...and my depression about Avon never getting a Sonic


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