aerial view of the new Westgate, as seen from Center Ridge Road
looking south, shows a Target store just to the south and west
of the existing Kohlís Department Store. (Drawing by The Richard
E. Jacobs Group)
home improvement store to anchor new shopping center
By Kevin Kelley
Published Sept. 17, 2005
and a large home improvement store apparently will be the two largest
anchor stores in the new Westgate Shopping Center, according to
documents recently filed with the Fairview Park Planning Commission
by The Richard E. Jacobs Group.
The documents were submitted in advance of a Sept. 21 Planning Commission
meeting to take place at City Hall at 7 p.m.
Bill Fullington, spokesman for the Jacobs Group, would not confirm
any information indicated by the planning documents.
"At this point, we're not prepared to announce any tenants at Westgate,"
Fullington said. He indicated more information would be forthcoming
at the Sept. 21 meeting.
Fullington also said it's not unusual for developers to include
prototype names for stores when preparing plans.
layout of the new Westgate shopping Center, shown in this map
submitted by the developers to the Fairview Park Planning Commission,
includes a large home improvement store at the location where
Westgate Cinema now stands. (Drawing by The Richard E. Jacobs
southern-most section of the shopping center, which appears to include
Target, is scheduled to open first in October 2006, according to
the planning documents. Another retail strip along West 210th Street
is also scheduled to open that month,
Presumably, the Target store currently open on Center Ridge Road
in Rocky River will close if the company opens a store at Westgate.
Target officials did not return West Life's calls seeking comment.
Rocky River Mayor William Knoble told West Life the Center Ridge
property owner told him Target has 17 years left on its lease for
According to the documents, demolition of the north Dillard's store
should be completed this month, while its southern counterpart will
be torn down by Dec. 15. Demolition of the mall stores will begin
Jan. 31 and will be completed by April 15.
Fullington told West Life the Jacobs Group has not yet determined
when the mall would be closed; he said his best guess was that it
would remain open through the end of the year.
AMC Westgate Mall Theaters, previously thought not to be part of
the redevelopment, will be torn down starting in January to make
way for a large home improvement store, according to the planning
documents. For several months, talk in the community has been that
a Lowes store would be part of the new retail center.
Karen Cobb, a spokesperson for Lowes, said it was company policy
not to confirm new store locations until a deal has been finalized.
However, she said the company was in the midst of its largest expansion
in its 60-year history and was opening around 150 new stores this
year and next.
Knoble said Jacobs Group officials have told city officials a Lowes
will move to the Westgate site.
The home improvement store, as it is referred to in the documents,
is the largest store in the new complex and is scheduled to open
in April 2007. With Target and a home improvement store taking up
the two biggest anchor store slots, that leaves no room for a Wal-Mart,
a tenant which a number of local residents had expressed opposition
The entire redevelopment of Westgate should be finished by July
Applebee's Restaurant will be relocated just slightly north of its
present location and is scheduled to reopen in March 2006. The planning
documents also revealed an as yet unnamed bank slated for a spot
on Center Ridge Road in between the new Applebee's and LongHorn's
Steakhouse, which will remain at its present location.
The entire shopping center will have 3,146 parking spaces, according
to the documents submitted to City Hall.
document showing design plans for a Target store in Fairview
Park was submitted to the city's Planning Commission along with
other documents related to the redevelopment of Westgate.