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Representatives from Giant Eagle announced today that they will soon be closing three area stores.

“We thank our customers for their years of patronage at these locations, and invite them to visit us at our other area stores,” said Giant Eagle spokesperson Dan Donovan. “Central Ohio, and Columbus specifically, are important communities for Giant Eagle, and we remain committed to supporting customers throughout the region for years to come.”

The three stores affected by the closure are located at 777 Neil Avenue in Victorian Village, 1000 East Dublin-Granville Road on the city’s North Side, and 1760 Hilliard-Rome Road in Hilliard. Additionally, the adjacent GetGo location at Hilliard-Rome will also close.

Giant Eagle is working to relocate employees at all stores into other positions in other locations.

For more information, visit www.gianteagle.com.

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  • Kate Curry Da-Souza

    Total shit. This store gets a ton of pedestrian traffic. I’m really sorry to see that they made this decision.

    • Generosus

      Feel free to rent the building, stock the store, hire those to run it etc etc etc. If it made more money 6 % then they would keep it. Total shit huh. Maybe take a look at why.

      • mjb

        Agree Generosus grocery stores need to make money to exist. This fact is lost on some people. The place is a hole anyways.

    • Alfalfa

      Absolutely agree. The majority of shoppers are pedestrian and, a majority chose to not own cars. That’s what living in the city is about. With COTA’s major bus route changes in May comes the elimination of the #3 to Grandview Yards. So changing shopping locations seems not to be a choice.

  • CCSC96

    Really sad to hear about the Victorian Village store. I felt like a simple face lift of that location would have attracted many customers from the surrounding neighborhood who have switched to go to Grandview Yard. Shame to see all of the people in this area now have to rely upon a car or bus to get groceries when it was so walkable.

    So now, what happens with this aging center with the anchor gone? I would love to see a redevelopment with the same amenities with a more urban, contemporary feel, similar to the new Giant Eagle in Bexley.

  • AkronRonin

    I felt for awhile that Neil Ave would be first on the chopping block whenever GE found that it needed to do some belt-tightening. It’s one of their smallest locations and has a very limited offering compared to more standard-sized GEs like High Street in South Clintonville, or even the Hilliard-Rome store.

    Too bad the Arena District proposal never got off the ground. It would have at least left something to fill the grocery void now being created in the general north end of Downtown. It looks like Market District in Grandview Yard became the proxy for it, and now will be for Neil Ave as well.

    Maybe Trader Joes or Lucky’s can take over the space, that is, if GE doesn’t explicitly block them from doing so in their lease.

    • MDWST

      Once the market district went in it was only a matter of time.

      I’d bet money there is a 10 story apartment building in that spot within 5 years.

  • traviscols

    “Every ending is a new beginning”…
    Let’s just hope whatever goes into these locations is even better for each neighborhood.

  • Stephen Francis

    They also announced stores closing in Cleveland as well.

    The 161 sort of baffles me. I’m thinking there is a larger plan at play for newer stores.

    • AkronRonin

      It seems likely they are shuttering underperforming base model GEs while preparing to double-down on the upscale Market District model, which is already in evidence with existing GEs that they have converted into Market Districts (e.g. Dublin). They may even eventually convert all surviving GEs into Market Districts, and maybe even drop the Giant Eagle brand entirely.

      Such a strategy may fare okay for them here in Central Ohio, but I’m less certain how it would play out in Northeast Ohio or Western PA–in Pittsburgh where GE is based. There are a lot of economically struggling places where GEs are located now where the Market District model just won’t fly. Trying to convert them over would be a disaster.

      If they do opt to dump the GE base store model and run exclusively with Market Districts, then the overall company footprint could end up much, much smaller than it is now. GE may even opt to relocate its corporate headquarters out of Pittsburgh to Columbus. This would likely also paves the way for Kroger to buy their way back into the Cleveland-Akron-Canton and Pittsburgh markets by picking up shuttered GE locations. Going back to those regions is something they have been wanting to do pretty much since they left back during the 80s.

      • Heather Johnson

        Actually all of the Akron stores I know of were converted to market districts years ago. This was because of Acme changing to a similar model. There are no giant eagles closing in greater Akron that has been in the news.

        I was very surprised to hear that there are any base stores left.

  • ehill

    I’m real disappointed about this. I don’t have a car, so I’ll need to become a Kroger customer now. Oh well.

    • traviscols

      Look at the bright side… If you do switch to Kroger, you will probably save some money… Kroger tends to be quite a bit cheaper on most products than Giant Eagle is.

    • MDWST

      The Kroger on High is actually further away than the Giant Eagle on 3rd.

  • batguano

    Loved walking to the Neil Avenue location when it was a Big Bear. It had those giant cutouts of vegetables on the walls.

  • jman

    A bit of sad news here.

  • MobileHarv

    I heard a rumor that Giant Eagle will hold the property to prevent another grocery from occupying it. Is this true? If so, it is harmful to the elderly community next door, as well as the entire neighborhood. Giant Eagle should not be allowed to hurt the community to maximize their bottom line. Can we get some clarity about their plans?

    • If you’re referring to the Victorian Village location, Giant Eagle doesn’t own that plaza/center. It’s owned by CASTO. So assuming there’s no contractual obligation beyond an expired to keep a grocery store out, I don’t see any reason CASTO couldn’t fill it with a different grocer. Would be the easiest retrofit.

      The old Fifth Avenue site near Grandview *is* owned by Giant Eagle though, which is why you’re not likely to see a grocery store go into that space. They likely don’t want to allow a competitor to take away from their GV Yard Market District.

      • MobileHarv

        Yes, I am referring to the Victorian Village site. Thanks for clarifying; I feel a bit better.

        What about The Hills, for example? They seem to be interested in the central city.

        • I’d think it might be too close to their Downtown store. I know there’s a partnership there between Hills and Edwards as well. Not sure of the details, but I think Edwards has an interest in them being there that I don’t know if CASTO would replicate in VV.

          If anything, Fresh Thyme seems to be growing like crazy, but are all out in the burbs. Maybe it would be a good fit for them?


          • hometown

            I think at one point Giant Eagle wanted to expand the store and pitched the idea to Casto but were turned down. The easiest expansion would have been to take over the nail salon. Don’t know what became of that idea or even if it was one.

      • MDWST

        I see a reason, Walker. It has a lot of dollar signs included. Perfect location for a new apartment building.

  • mjb

    I am kinda surprised the German Village location avoided the ax.

    • traviscols

      Actually, the German Village location is not totally safe just yet… Officials were originally looking at five different locations for possible closures in Central Ohio. They are still evaluating the remaining two locations. They are German Village and Lincoln Village. They are planning on making final decisions on those two locations sometime in the upcoming months.

      • TempoNick

        What’s the problem? I thought Columbus was successful for them.

        I like Giant Eagle, but the prices are a bit on the high side. Get rid of the gas points and lower the prices. Although I enjoy the gas points.

        • traviscols

          You’re right, they are quite a bit more expensive and that probably has something to do with it. I do think, generally speaking, Columbus’s two dozen some odd stores have been a success. But I think as demographics change in each specific neighborhood, so will their strategy.
          I heard they closed some stores in other markets, like Cleveland as well.

          • TempoNick

            I think the other thing with them is that they close too early. Most of the stores close at 11, I think that should be extended at least until midnight.

            Part of grocery shopping is keeping people in the habit of going to your store. If you close early and they go across the street to Kroger, that breaks the habit.

  • JBGrad

    I’m glad the Grandview Yard Market District is pedestrian friendly coming from Olentangy. Oh wait…

  • MobileHarv

    Another comment – there is a retirement community nearby, and now the residents no longer have a grocery store within walking distance.

    I’ve been hearing about the Age-friendly Columbus initiative. Where does something like this fit in?

    • hometown

      The retirement home will have to change their marketing.

      • MDWST

        Columbus is lucky enough to be home to a plethora of grocery delivery options.

        If we were talking about an isolated area in the suburbs, it would be a different story, but we’re talking about one of the best grocery stores in the country a mere 1.3 miles away – which has complete online ordering, a pharmacy, laundry, a bank… in addition to its many offerings.

  • Michael Corey

    Grocery stores are of course businesses, but they serve such a crucial community and public health function that we tend to think of them as something other than operations that have to turn a certain profit at the end of the day.

    This is of course why, as family grocers have disappeared across so much of the country, food deserts have popped up as well. It’s expensive to run grocery stores, and while VV certainly won’t be a food desert, it does make it tougher–especially for those seniors–to access the food that folks rely on.

  • chaserdanger

    So when can we see Trader Joes move in!

    • TempoNick

      They will probably sit on this store to keep other supermarket operators out, like they did on Fifth Ave. That’s unless they want to try their own version of Fresh Thyme (which is connected to but not under the same corporate umbrella as Meijer).

      • Giant Eagle owns the building & land on 5th. They do not on Neil Avenue.

        • TempoNick

          Actually, I was told that a partnership involving Giant Eagle owns that property. Kohr, Royer, Griffith initially bought it and then they sold it to the partnership and KRG still is a partner.

          Big Bear used to sit on leased properties all the time. The store on Northwest Blvd. (I believe it was Hancock Fabrics) they sat on even when Hancock went out of business to keep competitors out. If there is a long term lease for Neil Ave., they will sit on it to keep a competitor out, depending on how much it costs them.

          • Perhaps there is a partnership then. The auditor’s website shows a couple of LLCs as owners, and I didn’t bother to look them up on the SOS website since Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh is listed a the mailing address for the tax bill for the property.

            Regardless, my comment still stands that they own (through a partnership) the property on 5th, but not on Neil.

            I have no idea what their lease terms with CASTO looks like for Neil Avenue. Not public info.

          • TempoNick

            I am semi-literate in real estate, so my prediction is that they will sit on the Neil Ave. store to keep another chain out unless someone offers big money for the site, but they will let the other two go to whoever wants them, even if it is another grocer.

    • Bunny VonTussle

      I read comments from a consumer analyst on another thread somewhere- it is highly unlikely that Trader Joe’s, under their current business model would ever open a location here.

  • hometown

    We’ve been walking to the grocery store at least three times a week for over 40 years and count this activity as one of the best parts of living in the neighborhood. To say this news is devastating is putting it mildly. What a profound loss. There will eventually be a sidewalk on Third Ave. to facilitate pedestrians going to and from the Eagle in Grandview Yard, but for the foreseeable future, it’s the car for us and everybody else, especially the hundreds of seniors living next door. I’m just heartsick.

    • MDWST

      A profound loss? Devastating?

      I will agree that pulling that specific grocery store from will be a loss to the senior homes next door, but at most it will be a mild inconvenience, considering there is a FARRRRRRRRRRR – in literally every imaginable way – superior Giant Eagle less than a half mile away.

      If it’s convenience you crave… go to gianteagle.com – place your entire order online and pick up all of your items curb side in about 30 minutes.

      • hometown

        It’s losing the walking part which is devastating, a view shared by nearly everyone I’ve talked to who lives here. I could theoretically walk to the Giant Eagle in Grandview Yard, but there is currently no safe access for those of us walking from the East (no sidewalks much of the way, especially under the railroad bridge). For those unable to scramble over the rock embankment, this means entering the roadway, presumably with groceries. I’m past the age where scrambling is recommended. I’m hoping for another grocery store in the same location.

        • MDWST

          There is a bus route that runs every 10 minutes.

          Also a sidewalk connects both high rises up Goodale and into Grandview Yard. There is a sidewalk under the railway pass by Olentangy River Road. It’s .2 miles additional to walk that way, and considering how devastating this loss is it’s a small price to pay.

          • Stephen Francis

            Some people don’t need 37 different brands of spaghetti to choose from. That doesn’t necessarily make it far superior for those that don’t need all the bells and whistles. I think it’s perfectly acceptable for people to lament this loss and not be over the moon about having to go tot the Grandview MD when they have been walking here for many many years.Theoretically, walking a mile-ish is wallkable, but less so to those who have come to walk much less. It was one of my favorite ones to stop at before or after work and I lived closer to much more “superior” stores. Convincing people that have had a grocery at their door step that this isn’t a loss seems like a pointless fight regardless of all the other options IMO

            In general, I believe the city needs to get better at smaller markets to increase walkability. I think we are going to get there and have a bit of hand and hand development to do to achieve that. And they don’t all need to be new, fancy concepts either. As a city, we should also be looking at our corner convenient stores to be more than liquor outlets.

          • MDWST

            I’m not even sure where to start.

            If 5 grocery stores within a 1 mile radius isn’t enough, I can’t do much for you. A convenience store on every block is not feasible and it doesn’t make money. I’m sure having a dirty bodega that sells ramen sounds stellar to some people, others are looking for something a little more.

          • Stephen Francis

            The difference again is you see 1 mile +, as reasonable. For urban areas, that’s less than desirable. Believe it or not, this potentially puts one of the most expensive areas of the city in the running for a food desert based on federal guidelines. I’m not saying a market district on every corner. I’m also not saying Ramen in dirty bodegas on every corner. But places to purchase fresh produce and basic goods. Much like transportation, there would be large hubs and then smaller connectors. And once this land is redeveloped, it is will almost certainly be, perhaps we will see something, or multiple businesses that cater to the community. Having all the shops, art galleries, and restaurants in the world doesnt always do much if you still have to leave your community for basic goods like grocery, dry cleaning, office supplies, medicine etc. And yes, a mile give or take doesn’t sound like much in theory, but in practice, it is.

            This is where cities struggle. And yes, there is a cost and it’s not feasible for every corner, but a more walkable city should have affordable options closer than over a mile apart in the most densely populated parts.

          • Chris

            MDWST seems to miss the point that walkablity takes any URBAN retail experience a big step UPWARD in utility and value. This is especially true for grocery shopping, which is at least a weekly routine activity. The Neil Ave GE is much more walkable than any alternative for many people in the southern part of the Short North and northern part of Downtown. Sure, we can drive to Market District or take a pretty long walk up to Kroger on High, but neither of these options are nearly as convenient as the Neil Ave location.

            As for the “dirty bodega” comment, the Neil Ave GE is housed in a ~20 year old strip center that still have plenty of life in it. If you were around when it replaced the old Big Bear strip center, you’d appreciate why it was and still is a big improvement. This GE represents a basic-grocery-store-level of selection and even includes a state store.

            I personally am still very mobile and visit Grandview Market District to hang out at the craft beer bar, eat from the food court, and occasionally shop the wider selection of liquor at the state store. But I’ve almost never shopped for groceries there. There’s no need to buy groceries there because Neil GE has all that I need.

          • MDWST

            Clearly written by two people who have never lived anywhere else.

          • Stephen Francis

            Quite the contrary. But I suppose to each their own. There will always be differing opinions on walkability and amenities for dense neighborhoods, even from people who agree greater density is a good thing.

          • Chris

            Sorry, it’s not at all necessary to have lived a lot of places to appreciate what we have here. I can explore and weigh the options. The Neil Ave GE was one of the original “kernels” of walkablity in the Short North. It helped to build the neighborhood. Other kernels included Short North Tavern, Coffee Table, Rigbys, Northside Library, Dollar Stores, etc. The neighborhood drew in people and gentrified around the GE and around High Street. Removing it will be like pulling the rug out from all that has been (re)built around it. I’m not saying I can’t adjust, but given the choice of walking, driving, biking or busing to do my grocery shopping, I’ll chose walking ANYTIME.

            Along this same argument and strategy, Nationwide is building out their extensive Grandview Yard residential development, all located between Goodale and 3rd Ave (but mostly closer to 3rd Ave), with that same favorable offering and element of walkablity. That’s probably why Market District was built first before the apartments. It’s a big selling point and benefit to be able to walk to a grocery store. It’s the one place that everybody needs to visit and shop at at least weekly.

            When the GE shuts down, if no other grocer steps in, I’ll start hiking up to Kroger rather than drive to Market District.

          • hometown

            This is so well put. We feel the same.

          • Bunny VonTussle

            That strip center is a lot more than 20 years old. I moved here in 1996 and it had already been here for years at that point. Just saying.

          • According to the auditor’s website, the “year built” date shows 1994-1995, making it 22-23 years old.

          • Bunny VonTussle

            All I know is I moved here in June of 1996, and that Big Bear was already known as a dump and referred to as ‘the Welfare Bear’ by the locals. It is really sad that it was already that decrepit after 3 years. Your commitment to arguing with anyone who doubts or disagrees with anything written on your web site is really commendable, though.

          • Sorry for taking five seconds to look up share a fact. Thought it might be something you and others would be interested to know.

          • Bunny VonTussle

            Are you completely devoid of a sense of humor, or does it just seem that way?

          • Geno46

            Those years were when there were improvements made to the strip. I lived in the Thurber Manor Apts(now called Far West or something) back in the mid 70s and Big Bear was at the southern section of the strip. GE occupied the area that had a restaurant, bar and laundromat.

          • “In general, I believe the city needs to get better at smaller markets to increase walkability.”

            This isn’t an issue up to “The City” (government) though. Groceries and food markets are private business endeavors. Unfortunately, the Big Box model has proven to be more profitable over the past half century and the big chains have replaced the corner neighborhood markets with large-scale 100,000 square foot super stores.

            Returning to an era of corner-markets is romantic and appealing, but outside of a couple of exceptions here and there like Hills or Oats & Barley, I don’t think we’re going to see this happening en masse in any US city anytime soon. Especially not with grocery/food delivery continuing to boom in coming years. Amazon grocery delivery will continue to keep corner markets from being viable in the years to come, for better or worse.

          • Stephen Francis

            It absolutely has a city/government component. From a public health standpoint, neighborhood growth, and transportation standpoint, the city can very easily become involved. Would you also argue that expansive parking lots downtown is not a city issue that cannot be mitigated with government involvement? Would you disagree that urban development is more than just apartments, condos, restaurants, and stores? Good urban development needs to include basic necessities at affordable costs. Again, a neighborhood can have everything cool in the world, but if you still have to leave your neighborhood (regardless of delivery options), is the neighborhood truly a complete neighborhood?

            Not just in the VV, SN, IV area but throughout the city. The south side, east, north, and west side can all benefit. Yes, there is plenty of private component and I did acknowledge that there needs to be a hand in hand balance with growth and development. But delivery and amazon options are great, but they don’t spur growth and those have a cost associated with them above the cost of groceries which can make the convenience of delivery still prohibitive. Much like roads, water, electricity, zoning etc, if we want to be on top of our game as a progressive urban city, consideration should be given to food distribution. Yes, even in neighborhoods that can easily afford to go the extra mile to obtain food or afford more expensive boutique markets. While losing this location seems like more of a “first world problem,” there is a larger consideration that needs to be in play if we want Columbus as a whole to be better, and even more especially in our most densely populated areas.

            A good example is Baltimore. It may actually be the best example. They have put a pretty strong focus on strengthening neighborhoods and access to food. Tax breaks, adjusting transportation to improve access, partnering with existing markets from big groceries to liquor stores to make neighborhood better. Yes, they are working with big box grocers to return to smaller models as well. Philadelphia has similar initiatives. Admittedly, these are much denser cities, but long term planning will only help us as we continue to increase in density and size.

            I think there is a misconception that I am recommending something on
            every corner which is not the case. I’m not even saying that this large GE shouldn’t close. What I am suggesting that if there
            is a mile or more (as is the case in many areas) between large grocers,
            there should be at least one smaller opportunity in between, in an ideal
            world. That, yes, losing this amenity is in fact a loss to the neighborhood which can mutually be acknowledged with understanding the logistical reasons of why it is closing. And we mustn’t lose sight of affordability either. Ideally, this area will see a smaller alternative some day. Whether it be upscale like the hills, the market, or oats and barley, we shall see. I’m still putting money on the fact it will probably be bulldozed and the whole center will be rebuilt as mixed use in the future, and that would be a great thing.

            When has promoting stronger neighborhoods and walkability
            attracted so much resistance on CU since Tom and Russ stopped
            commenting? Or the preference to just what is bigger and shinier now?

          • “When has promoting stronger neighborhoods and walkability
            attracted so much resistance on CU….”

            You’re mistaken. That’s not what’s happening here.

            I’m simply being realistic that big box grocery (Giant Eagle) will not be leading the charge on this cause. Yes, their new Bexley store is nice for walkability. It’s also a rarity.

            And sure, our City Government can incentivize all kinds of things. But they should not be operating grocery stores (or other private businesses), which is what I thought you were trying to imply.

          • hometown

            Forgot to mention…the no. 3 bus which runs along 3rd ave is being terminated.

          • Alfalfa

            And that bus route along with several others will be eliminated in May.

  • Dolf Muccillo

    Whenever a grocery store closes I think of this… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP4yX2rkpBc

  • crew96

    Interesting the Victorian Village store gets the headline, when more folks visit the other 2 stores that are closing.

    • Our readership has been measured to have a stronger connection to urban neighborhoods versus suburban ones (although our audience reach is fairly wide spread overall). So the headline was written with that in mind.

    • traviscols

      It’s pretty simple as to why… the Victorian Village location is near downtown and the other two locations are in the suburbs.

      • MDWST

        Victorian Village location is near downtown and the other location is… 1.3 miles away…

        • traviscols

          Right, but Hilliard Rome Rd and 161 at Busch are both quite a bit further from downtown than Neil Ave is…

  • TempoNick

    Not really a surprise. The stores at Rome-Hilliard and 161 are two of the first they opened when they decided to expand to Columbus.

    Rome-Hilliard has Meijer and Walmart as neighbors and the residential areas are further north. They should have located in the old Big Bear location to be closer to the residential areas, but it’s taken now. Plus, they just opened that store off of Cemetery Road.

    OH-161 was probably built there to take advantage of the Worthington customer base. But the area has … changed. Kroger is gone. Meijer is gone. Two Walgreens are gone. It was only a matter of time … They would do better moving into the old Kroger location at Morse and Karl.

    These two stores are the only stores in the Columbus market that haven’t been remodeled. That should tell you something.

    Neil Ave. was a small store that probably isn’t necessary with the Market District store nearby.

    • Chris

      Just an FYI, Kroger just opened a new store at Morse & Karl, next to Menards.

      • It’s really more of a rebuild rather than a new store, as they’ve simply relocated across the street.

      • TempoNick

        The developer of the Northland site bought the old Kroger to entice Kroger to move across the street. Unless there are any deed restrictions, if I were Giant Eagle I would try the spot for five years or so.

        Let’s face it, 161 is little Mogadishu. Your upper middle class types who live in Worthington don’t want to be shopping in a store full of people from the ghetto and women wearing hijabs.

  • Chris

    As will many, many others living near me, I will really miss the Giant Eagle at Thurber Center as I’ve shopped there for decades. Given this parcel’s easy access to I-670, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Casto eventually redevelop this entire strip center parcel into mixed retail/commercial/residential use. If so, they could move the storefronts up close to the Neil Ave sidewalks (with small setbacks or patios, of course) and put in a parking garage toward the rear of the lot. They could build at least 3-4 stories of space/units (partially set back) above the retail…perhaps both commercial office space and apartments or condos. A new grocery/pharmacy (with drive thru at the rear or side) & a restaurant/bar would be nice, along with the existing mix of retail businesses.

    Meanwhile… if or until the Giant Eagle is just simply replaced with another grocer, business at NorthMarket and Oats & Barley should benefit and the parking lots at Market District and High St Kroger busier!

  • hometown

    Giant Eagle is taking calls and compiling a report based on local reaction to store closings. For those who are interested, call 1-800-553-2324 to express interest in retaining their store. Realtors use a “walkability score” to market properties . Higher scores make a property more desirable so there are reasons beyond the sentimental to make a call. You will need the bar code number on the Giant Eagle Advantage Card.

  • Turtle Woman

    The older and disabled patrons of the Neil Avenue store appreciated the opportunity to shop in a physically smaller, and more manageable to navigate, store. The new store in Grandview is not very practical for getting in and out quickly… though it is a great shopping experience. Regretfully… I will have to default to the Kroger’s on High St. I love Giant Eagle’s gas rewards program. I don’t spend enough at Kroger for their program to work for me at all. As a fixed income senior those little discounts mean a lot. Sometimes it meant my ability to visit my family in Cincinnati with that little more gas little less cost. I have shopped at this location since the mid 70’s when I first moved into the neighborhood. I’ve watched it grow and change and this is not a good change. Let’s just hope they don’t build another high priced, unneeded, high rise apartment/condo building on this site. The already tore down the Dollar Tree. We can’t find parking as it is… and now you want to get rid of sites that are actually accessible businesses and shopper friendly.
    I hope you rethink this decision. You will basically lose me as a customer as I won’t be driving farther to shop.

    • hometown

      Call 1-800-553-2324 to register your concerns. Giant Eagle is compiling a report of neighborhood reactions.

    • nexttuesday

      I appreciate the accessibility concern, but fuel perks only give the illusion of savings. They give you fuel perks because they charge you much more on the items in the store. If you really did shop at Kroger, you’d save more than fuel perks would ever save you.

  • Nate Fisher

    I rarely comment, and I did not spend 2 hours reading every comment, just scanned it briefly.

    Grocery stores have an avg profit margin in the 1-1.25% range of sales. That is crazy low vs just about every other business (except gas stations), Grocery companies cannot afford to have have an unprofitable store. It was just a matter of time before the GE in VV closed. If you didn’t see that one coming, you are living in a alternate world.

    For those whining about it being the cities responsibility to have walkable grocery stores, you should take that argument and run for a public office on that idea. Get involved and try and get yourself appointed to City Council and make a difference in Columbus.

    Settle down VV folks, that is an A+ location. It’s not going to knocked down and a high density mixed use development get built anytime soon. I’m confident CVS has a many more years of lease options built in.

    I’m also pretty confident that another grocer will step up and fill the space. There area many up and coming grocers looking for stores of this size and with the demographics of VV. I just read this article on Lucky’s in one of the trade mags I get. http://ccr-mag.epubxp.com/i/762594-nov-dec-2016 Scroll to page 24. They are looking to grow in markets where they are already at. I’m sure Casto is already talking with Fresh Thyme, Fresh Market, etc. Heck, I’d be cool with Aldi in that space, even though it’s 2x the size of a normal Aldi….it would be easier than going to the one on Central Ave where I normally shop.

    It will be ok people…..Just my $.02


    • Stephen Francis

      I don’t have access beyond the paywall but it appears redevelopment may come sooner than later, which is completely fine. If someone can provide more details, that would be great, but based on the headline, I don’t imagine this is a very long term plan. Given the partners that own the shopping center, the odds increase.

      I’d be the one ‘whining’ that you’re referring to, but bringing it to a well read public forum is also a form of advocacy for those that aren’t well of or connected with the political machine in this city.


      • Chris

        It’s a very valuable parcel with lots of potential. If they are planning to redevelop it, it will be very interesting to see what’s in the works.

    • Chris

      Nate -Thanks for the useful input. Assuming CVS does have lease options, would it be a stretch to think they’d go along with redevelopment if they got amenities lacking in their present store, a drive thru, for example? I don’t see a mixed used development here being far-fetched. The Neil Ave corridor benefits from and strongly supports this retail center. But there’s plenty of demand for residential so why not retain retail but add residential above it?

    • spshafer

      I would take Trade Joe’s or Aldi! Well put!

  • Chris
  • SamuraiJack

    I’m not surprised by the Hilliard-Rome closure. The new store on Cemetary is superior by far. The HR location also has the problem of being in the middle of Meijer/Sams/Walmart/Target and their pricing just isn’t competitive to those stores.

    I for one would welcome our new Fresh Thyme overlords to the area..

  • Christopher Abnett

    as someone who frequently walks the short north from a suburbia perspective… yes i live in the burbs, drive into the short north .. and yes I park very easily in the short north.. 4 a week or more diring the 3 warm seasons of the year.. I find that walking up to 5th and over doesnt add much at all distance to getting into the actual GE market district store over what we would have if there was a sidewalk on 3rd. yes the neighborhood store is nice .. I frequented it a lot even as an outsider.. it was the place id go for those hot summer day powerades or a few things I needed to pick up for dinner when heading back tothe Boring Burbs.. However having worked in the HVAC field.. I worked on alot of that stuff when it was new 20+ years ago… and by the way alot of it is original.. as are the older inefficient coolers.. and an aging building.. in effect some serious cash was going to be soon needed to keep this place from becoming the dirty bodega on the corner.. security is an issue as well… rumor has it from police radio and current / former employees that the incidence of shoplifting at this location is high.. and expensive systems would need ot be placed to curb it.. ie better cameras, and employees to monitor the situation.. yes the walkable corner market is nice.. but lest we forget there are 2 kroger stores not far away.. last I knew car2go has the new GE market district in their hotzone so you can take a 5 minute car ride there.. I rarely saw people dsoing their huge monthly shopping at neil ave.. so that makes CoGo a possibility ..as you could vye for a station to be set up at the new store.. if theres enough interest in that 86’d #3 cota route then show them, petition to nring it back.. routes are deleted because people dont ride them.. amazon is bringing more and more services online here in columbus as they continue to expand all of their fulfillment centers in central ohio so thats an option to just have your groceries brought to your apartment. there has been testing going on of rideshare services like uber and lyft delivering groceries via using many grocery chain’s curb pickup option.. in fact I know of a person who has themselves ridden an uber to walmart curbside grocery pickup, had their items loaded and then uber’d home… yes it may not be 2 steps away from your tivoli or a block from the hub, however you *DO* have options to still get groceries to your home

  • gianteaglelove

    The closure of the giant eagle on Dublin Granville is genuinely heartbreaking. I visited the store the very first time I visited Columbus early this year. I love it because it’s neat, spacious and family-like. Every giant eagle has a deli area you can get some food and sit down at one of those tables and spend some quality time enjoying the food and watching the people roaming around the store. It is so devastating to know that it is going to close in less than two months. And the fuel point program is truly quality and I don’t think you can save that much more by shopping at Kroger. A lot of people say that the eagle is a bit expensive, I agree on certain items but most in general like for the price of eggs and milk, it is really not making a big difference. I will continue to shop at giant eagle on Dublin Granville until it closes. It has become a solid part of my life and as an introvert it is pretty much the only activity I do besides going to school and staying home watching YouTube videos. It’ll always a part of my memory.

  • Stephen Francis

    We thought the Columbus closings were a bit contentious. They are protesting in Cleveland.


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