Three new businesses may soon be in the space previously home to a Pat Catan’s craft store on Center Ridge Road. The space, which is being renamed the Shoppes at North Ridgeville, is owned by Eidi Properties of Toledo.
Plans for the Shoppes at North Ridgeville call for a Goodwill and Dollar General store, and a fitness and training business called DP Fitness, said city Chief Building Official Guy Fursdon. Goodwill is moving from its current home on Center Ridge Road, near Giant Eagle.
And that’s not the only development action in North Ridgeville. City officials also are in the process of approving a new $6.6 million Discount Drug Mart, a $1.2 million Montessori school and a new Primrose School, a national franchise operating in more than 30 states.
North Ridgeville Plaza X, LLC, is the general contractor on the $500,000 Shoppes project, Fursdon said. The space became open when all 35 Pat Catan’s were closed in 2019, soon after Michael's bought Pat Catan's parent company, Lamrite West Inc., in 2016 for $150 million.
The old Goodwill location — still closed because of the virus — is too small, especially in this era of social distancing, said Craig Grugell, president of Goodwill Industries of Lorain County. The new store will be 16,000 square feet, approximately one third of the space available in the former Catan’s.
Grugell said the new store will have between 25 and 35 employees, compared to seven at the previous location.
Other projects also are planned for Center Ridge and Cook roads.
Young Explorers is a Montessori school franchise with four Northeast Ohio locations. Young Explorers proposes a $1.2 million school and daycare facility near Bagley and Center Ridge roads. The city approved a 10-year property tax abatement in September. The new location will be a 12,000- to 15,000-square-foot facility welcoming an expected 450 children and students ranging from newborns to age 12. The school will have a staff of 26 full-time and 12 part-time employees. The target completion date is Labor Day.
The Isomer group is the real estate arm of Medina-based Discount Drug Mart. The North Ridgeville Drug Mart on Center Ridge near Bagley will be 28,000 square feet. Drug Mart should eventually hire approximately 53 full-time and eight part-time employees, with an estimated annual payroll of $1.5 million.
Construction will begin in August and should be done by December. The city granted Isomer a 10-year 100% tax exemption. The tax break drops by 20% each year over the following four years, reaching zero in the 15th year. City Council’s resolution approving the abatement does not mention the specific value of the agreement to Isomer. Drug Mart corporate headquarters did not respond to requests for comment.
Primrose Schools is a family of accredited, early childhood education providers headquartered in Acworth, Georgia. It has more than 301 franchised schools in 23 states and provides education and care to more than 60,000 children ranging in age from 6 months to 12 years.
Primrose plans for a new North Ridgeville school still are under review by the city, Fursdon said Friday. Its application calls for a $2.6 million building constructed on an undeveloped lot adjacent to Weber Racing Equipment Inc., 32325 Cook Road. Primrose has not named a contractor for the project as the work is still being bid. No construction timeline is finalized, Fursdon said.