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CLOSED: What Should Go Here?

The Red Rooster convenient store recently closed its doors on Detroit Avenue. We're wondering what's next for this location. Share your suggestions in the comments.

The convenient store recently closed its doors on Detroit Avenue. 

The lights are still on; the slushy machine is still spinning; and there are still deli meats in the cooler near the check-out counter.

However, the store — well-known for its fried chicken — has been shuttered for a couple of weeks.

Attempts to reach the owner have been unsuccessful.

One resident, who lives in the apartment building across the street, said last she was upset to hear the news, as she tried to open the door and peered in through the windows in disbelief.

"I don't drive, so where am I going to get the things I need?" she said, noting that it could be a while before the a couple blocks away.

With its busy location, across from , the space will not likely sit vacant for too long. 

We'd like you to share your thoughts on what should be the next use for this space. Tell us in the comments.

william crosby August 09, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Gee, Barbara, don't you see how under-served Lakewood is by bars, hair salons and big box drug stores? Apparently, the City planners, zoning board and City Council think so.
Barbara August 09, 2012 at 07:12 PM
@ Wm Crosby: Please Google 'facetious'.
William August 09, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Barbara look up "sarcastic"
Barbara August 09, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Wm: Facetious too hard for you to spell?
ian king August 09, 2012 at 10:52 PM
HI Joe J - great comments! I firmly believe the majority of citizens of Lakewood share your views and believe in the future growth of Lakewood via sustainable businesses that are either corporate or ma and pa shops. The "romantic" memories of a Lakewood full of small neighborhood owner shops has declined and will only survive in the future with very smart business plans and support financially from customers: it is all about being in business to make a profit, not a loss. Chains are not to be blamed for the changing character of Lakewood - its citizens are as they are the ones who choose where they want to spend their money. Obviously, times are changin and there are various levels of attractions to customers that national/corporate chains provide - consistency in product, predictability in value, convenience of location/time, standards of cleanliness and staff training, etc. These are valued in today's two parent working families with limited time and resources. If Lakewood citizens want smaller shops/ma and pa businesses, then they must be supported financially and they must also provide a consistent quality product and environment for customers. So, whatever happens to the "romantic" image of a bygone era in Lakewood, I agree with you that any business that brings jobs, a quality product, and tax revenue to Lakewood should be welcome with open arms and a big THANK YOU for believing in Lakewood's future!
ian king August 09, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Hi Peter, have you checked out moving to Cleveland Heights? Lakewood is a city that understands these very tough economic times and is planning and adjusting to that reality as best it can. If that mean more "chain"type stores for tax reveneues, and if the citizens support these stores over smaller ma and pa ones, well that is the reality of Lakewood. If that is going to be uncomfortable for you, you may want to reconsider moving to the East Side of town, where I find them somewhat more time warped than Lakewood. If however, you believe in mixed usage for businesses, a variety of both chain and ma and pa stores providing what we need as the reality of life for most of us, and in a semi-progressive political town like Lakewood, then you may want to consider living here. Otherwise, if you seek a romantic bygone vision of Main Street USA, sadly, that existed about 20 years in Lakewood.
ian king August 09, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Hi William - Business 101 is all about being in business to make a profit. It is not relevant what new businesses open in Lakewood. If they make a profit, they will survive. If they don't, they will close. The shoppers/citizens of Lakewood will decide what businesses survive and what businesses will not - be they bars, drug stores, dollar stores, hair salons, etc. City planners, zoning boards and City Council have no impact on where Lakewoodites spend their money. End of Business 101. So William, where are you going to spend your money in Lakewood?
ian king August 09, 2012 at 11:06 PM
HI M-F - how about a small deli or coffee shop with deli? or a breakfast/lunch dinette, or an antique store or a vintage second hand consignment shop would be coool too. and I agree = unfortunately your NIMBY neighbors will rally around rejecting just about anything, especially parking spots! LOL
lakerockbay August 10, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Zapatellis would be a great idea.Mr Chicken or even Swensons would work great!Since Drug Mart will be across the street that will be prime real estate.Tear down the house next to it,and get the city to sell the property on Alameda.
Jennifer August 10, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Zapatelli's!
Jennifer August 10, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I would also love to see a Trader Joe's go in somewhere in Lakewood.
Peter Bruce Photo August 10, 2012 at 02:16 PM
YES YES YES Trader Joes the BEST thing I have heard so far BRAVO please send this to there Corp office GREAT THINKING
Michael August 10, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Trader Joe's location request form: http://www.traderjoes.com/about/location-requests-form.asp
Peter Bruce Photo August 10, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Everyone send a request to hear Good job Michael http://www.traderjoes.com/about/location-requests-form.asp
ian king August 10, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Hi Peter, Trader Joes was approached about relocating in Lakewood proper, and they have so far declined. Their location at Crocker Park is doing very well and at present, they have no desire to invest/develop another store on the West Side. You may want to shop at Nature's Bin, which is a fantastic alternative to Whole Foods/Trader Joe's. On the other hand, Whole Foods will be opening a brand new store in Rocky River, only about 1/2 to 1 mile from Lakewood's west side. Heinen's, which is a locally owned family chain is also very excellent, and has far superior fruits and fresh vegetables than either Nature's Bin or Trader Joe's. Earthfare is also about 4 miles or so from Lakewood in the Westgate Shopping Mall. Similar to a Trader Joe's in some ways. Also, West Side Market in Ohio City is amazing for lots of variety of foods. When you relocate to Lakewood, food choices will not be a problem!
ian king August 10, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Also, since Whole Foods is now confirmed to open in 2014 in Rocky River, literally next door to Lakewood's West Side, the potential for Trader Joe's to open anywhere in Lakewood, which was never on the corporate books of TJ anyway, is nil. It just won't happen as the competition is too much with Nature's Bin, Earthfare and now Whole Foods all within a short distance of each other. Plus Heinen's and Giant Eagle. No profit incentive for TJ to invest with so much competition now on the West Side.
Susan Kaminski August 10, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Trader Joe's is a national chain.
Jennifer August 10, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Did Hot Spot relocate? I'd love to see him back too. As mentioned in the comments on FB, he was a great neighbor and we miss him! And his gyros and sandwiches were amazing!
M-F Schreiber August 10, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Let's keep in perspective the size of this business, which can't be more than 800 sq ft with no more than 10 parking spaces. Some of the businesses you are suggesting couldn't even fit there, let alone survive with DDM building a 28K sq ft facility w/72 parking spaces across the street and Family Dollar building a 9K sq ft facility w/28 parking spaces one block over west. Whatever goes there would have to offer a product/service that neither of those two stores have. Think outside the box...how about a bike rental place? We rent cars for a day or a week, why not a bike? Afterall, Lakewood touts it's a biking community.
M-F Schreiber August 10, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Tearing down homes encroaches on neighborhoods. Unless the house is vacant, dilapidated and in significant disrepair, I don't think it is a consideration. Prime real estate exists up and down the Detroit/Madison corridor. I'm sure the family that lives in the house adjacent south to Red Rooster would take great offense to such a statement. It is well maintained and has quite a history. Directly east of Red Rooster on Detroit is a business, then a house, and then City of Lakewood services. I believe we pay our taxes there and our water/sewer bill. The property on Alameda you are referring to would be quite a ways up the street. Your plans would mean squaring off the entire block on Detroit between Cohassett and Alameda. That is a serious chunk of land and I really don't think the City of Lakewood has any plans to relocate their services with City Hall across the street.
sarah evanko August 10, 2012 at 07:28 PM
How about a quilt shop or fabric/sewing shop? There are a lot of sewers in Lakewood that miss JoAnn Fabrcs. A quality quilt shop would be wonderful!! Maybe Abigail's Quiltery in Olmsted Falls could be approached about a branch here.
Alexandra August 11, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Would love to se Doughboys re opened. They were great! Or Zapatelli's. I had want a TJ's forever, but would have to go on the old GE lot, due to scale...wondering if ANYTHING will ever go on the old Fairchild lot....Where is the Whole Foods going to go in? River already has the Earth Fare knock off...The old strip mall near Panera?
Alexandra August 11, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Please excuse my typos, I just woke up...
Alexandra August 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Sarah, you can get fabric at Virginia Marti and Stitch is over on the west end, both are on Detroit, plus I think Kathy's Sewing shoppe is still around...
ian king August 11, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Hi Alexandra - Whole Foods will open late 2014 in Rocky River Square off Detroit, just west of Starbucks. Done deal. So I firmly believe the West Side/Lakewood now has more than enough food stores. Would still like to see something compete with Giant Eagle/Ego though on Detroit. Such a crappy run store - and no competition on that side of town. I would enjoy a Pei Wei in downtown Lakewood. They are great - nice decor, excellent healthy "fast" food, and very affordable. Go to their web site and ask them to build a restaurant in Lakewood! They now have 3 in the Columbus area. Would be a great addition to downtown Lakewood's revival.
sarah evanko August 13, 2012 at 08:33 AM
Alexandra - 100% cotton quilting fabric and quilting notions are NOT sold in these locations. Stitch is all about lessons and I believe knitting. Kathy's sewing shop is lessons and machines. Virginia Marti fabric is for fashion/clothes. I hate to run out to North Olmsted when all I need is some quilting needles or quilting thread, patterns, etc.
Christina Cocchiarale Ward August 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Mitchell's--YES!!
Christina Cocchiarale Ward August 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM
A Starbuck's or any kind of coffee shop would be nice. Or a small restaurant and maybe put the coffee shop where the old Drug Mart is instead of the insane Value World? I know it's already going through.
Joni Nowak RN/CCRN August 16, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I'm with Jennifer. Trader Joe's would be very successful in this location but it would need more parking. Whole Foods can move into River. There alot of people that would be excited to see a Trader Joe's moving into Lakewood! It's a good choice.
leah August 16, 2012 at 10:25 PM
It would be a great place for Zapatelli's. If they would still sell pizza by the slice they could do a good amout of business after school because Garfield Middle School is right across the street.

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