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Giant Eagle Renovations in the Works?

Representatives from the grocer have not responded to requests for comment. However, a renovation is still in the works, according to sources.

(File Photo) Credit: Colin McEwen
(File Photo) Credit: Colin McEwen

When the Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle began discussions for its GetGo gas station last year, officials from the grocery chain said plans for a renovation for the existing store would be considered.

More than a year later, there’s still no word from the grocery store chain. Representatives from the grocer have not responded to requests for comment.

However, a renovation is still in the works, according to sources.

Early last year, the company unveiled plans in Strongsville to build a Market District store — an upscale, 110,000-square-foot grocery store that includes a restaurant, pharmacy and a vast array of prepared foods.

At least a few Lakewood residents are looking for some improvements — or an alternative.

“There is plenty of competition at the low end and none at the high end,” said one resident, who recently contacted Lakewood Patch looking for answers.

An employee told Lakewood Patch that any plans for a major overall have been "called off."

The city hasn’t received any firm plans from the store. 

“Giant Eagle is currently evaluating which stores they’re going to invest in,” said Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development. “I would expect that they will be investing in the Lakewood location, but there may not be any action until next year."

Siley said he expects that it would be the same model with “just an update.”

Torri K October 15, 2013 at 12:50 PM
I never go to Giant Eagle any more. The produce is shameful. Lettuce is wilted and looks old. I once ran in looking for bean spouts since I live only a block away, and they had a bag on the shelf that was a week expired and full of slime. I have never had a problem with unhelpful staff. These are Lakewood residents, for the most part, who need their jobs. I would welcome an update at this location. Many people take a bus, taxi, or walk to this location and we need a full service grocery to invest their BEST EFFORT here.
Ruth October 15, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Torri that was nicely said.
ian king October 16, 2013 at 11:44 PM
HI Torri - I wish my experiences with the staff at Giant Ego were like yours. I far too often stand at the deli and wait for anyone to assist me, and when they do, it is like pulling teeth - I am always polite and respectful - lots of thank yous - but I rarely get a heart felt response. I also wait and wait to be waited upon in the meat dept. The staff is a bit nicer there, but seem annoyed that I "interrupted" whatever they were doing. And at check-out, well, if anyone can state they have consistently positive experiences with the staff check-out cashiers, well, I want to meet you and shake your hand. And of course, the dreaded self-check out lines that on many nights are so busy with no staff in site to assist. And lets not forget the comments I hear a lot among staff complaining about their jobs, their bosses at GE, etc. It is just a disrespectful approach to customer service. Granted, I am sure many employees live in Lakewood who work at GE, but please, then, lets put on a smile, offer a thank you, and just be congenial - we all work hard at our jobs too!
ian king October 16, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Torri - I forgot to add, otherwise I completely agree with you on the produce and the need for a full service grocery. I believe the employee problems at GE have gotten worse since you last shopped there. I don't know what their salaries are, but it is obvious GE corporate wants to take every dollar they can for profit, and I am sure, leave their employees in the the dust. Anyone who walks into the Detroit Ave GE will be shocked at how run-down the place looks, the small, poor quality, limited selection produce area, the retro/dated deli display, the dirty aisles and dusty shelves, and the annoying check-out system. All in all, when we are lucky to have Nature's Bin, Heinan's, Marc's, and Earthfare in the hood, WHY would anyone shop at GE. Convenient location, but you pay high for low quality, and have a pretty awful horrible shopping experience.
Travis H October 17, 2013 at 06:48 AM
Sounds like a bunch of ppl who are just hating them just because they are a chain or not locally owned.i have never had a issue there. They are always helpful and clean.i get all my produce and meats there as well ...prepared foods are good as well...wish there was a GE Where I stay when I go away for work.

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