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Marc’s to Replace Giant Eagle

The new store will be larger than the current Giant Eagle.

Marc’s will be moving into the space left empty by , announced in a press release Tuesday afternoon.

Marc's is a local grocery store chain. The chain began more than 30 years ago in nearby Middleburg Heights, according to the store's site.

The new store will be larger than the current Giant Eagle—according to the release, interior renovations and construction will give Marc’s an additional 16,000 square feet for a total of 46,000 square feet.

The new Marc’s store will be the local chain’s first since its rebranding. The store will feature low prices as well as high quality fresh produce, meats and organic food. It will also include a cold-cuts counter.

The Snider Company is the property manager of the . Giant Eagle announced that —the Brecksville store will remain open until a new Broadview Heights store opens later this year.

Denise Blank, operations manager at The Snider Company, said in the release that the group thinks Marc’s will increase business for the whole center.

Rachel Abbey McCafferty (Editor) April 11, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Will you shop at the new Marc's? Come take our poll: http://brecksville.patch.com/articles/poll-will-you-shop-at-marc-s
Lynne April 11, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I wish Trader Joe's would have decided we were a great location. Marc's is already close by. I really don't see it as an asset to Brecksville at all, I think it will have a negative effect on that shopping plaza, They just fixed the whole area up, did they do all that just to bring Marc's there? I am so confused....
Name April 11, 2012 at 06:15 PM
What an awful decision by the city of Brecksville to bring in low end grocery shopping. The fact that the article needed to reference a cold-cut counter, given that ALL grocery stores have them, just shows what poor choice this is. Quality organic beef and produce can be found at Heinens across the street. Affordable pantry staples can be found at Marcs – the one 6 miles to the west or 5 miles to the east.
Mark Tessera April 11, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Another place in Brecksville I'll never step foot into. I wonder how much this has to do with the VA closing and losing all of that tax revenue.
Rachel Abbey McCafferty (Editor) April 11, 2012 at 07:30 PM
That's a good question, Mark. What other questions do readers want me to look into?
Johio April 12, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Whole Foods, Mustard Seed or Trader Joe's would have been much better matches demographically.
MWest April 12, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Marcs will do fine. Not everyone wants to pay the high prices that go with the Heinen's image. Plus for basic staples, prices are often far lower than grocery stores. Watch---lot will be full.
Rachael Stentz-Baugher April 12, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Although I do agree that a Trader Joe's or Mustard Seed would have driven more traffic to Brecksville, I'm happy about Marc's. I have shopped at the Sagamore Marc's for years, and am glad there will be a store closer - with a meat counter! I wonder - did the Aldi store that opened in Macedonia inspire Marc's to move west, since Giant Eagle also moved west. Will the Sagamore store stay open? I agree with MWest - the lot will be full!
Lila Tamulewicz April 12, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Rachel-Does the city have any say when a private business wants to relocate here?
Randal Moon April 12, 2012 at 12:12 PM
No mention of a Rx in your piece?? I am fine with a MARCS, they are locally owned, will provide jobs for local people, plus a little grocery store competition is a good thing. Note to for those who obviously think a MARCS is below their pay grade, that MARCS has a location in the Fairlawn Towne Center that is quite nice and does a brisk business. I am sure the resident merchants will benefit from the increased activity.
mkm April 12, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Another mediocre retail offering in Brecksville - what's next a WalMart?
mlm April 12, 2012 at 03:02 PM
I for one am very happy MARCS is coming. I am currently a Marcs shopper because I love to help LOCALLY owned stores. For those of you that are opposed, I have to ask, are you second generation Brecksville residents that don't know Brecksville's history of hard working, blue collar founders?
Rachel Abbey McCafferty (Editor) April 12, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I haven't heard whether there will be a pharmacy, but I will definitely look into it, Randal. Good question.
Rachel Abbey McCafferty (Editor) April 12, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Lila, What exactly do you mean? I know the city works to attract businesses to the area. If you're asking whether they can turn a company down, I'll look into whether there are any specific circumstances that would make that possible.
jfm April 12, 2012 at 03:28 PM
jfm This is a disappointment for Brecksville. Trader Joe's or Whole Foods would have been more in keeping with Brecksville's demographics. Seriously, with Heinen's across the street, how many people will buy their groceries at Marc's?
Sharon Witmer April 12, 2012 at 03:40 PM
This is a COMPLETELY PERFECT LOCATION FOR MARC'S! THERE PRODUCTS ARE FRESHER AND THEIR PRODUCE IS BETTER THAN ANY TRADER JOES OR OTHER STORES! THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE DECISION FOR OUR RESIDENTS AND IT IS GOING TO BE SO BEAUTIFUL, I WON'T EVEN STEP FOOT IN ANOTHER GROCERY STORE! And for the NEGATIVE COMMENTS ON MARC'S BEING LOW END( think AGAIN!) THE CLOSEOUT ISLE HAS CARRIED NICER QUALITY FLATSCREENS, GRAND PIANOS, PATIO FURNITURE, ETC!!! THEIR MEATS AND GROCERIES ARE THE HIGHEST QUALITY AND THE PRICES ARE VERY COMPETITIVE AND FINALLY FAIR!!! THIS IS GOING TO BE A ONE STOP SHOP BECAUSE THEY DO OFFER THE FRESHEST SAVINGS FOR THE SMARTEST LIVING! This is AWESOME! AND I GREAT CHOICE TO COME TO B-VILLE!!!!!!!!!! Congrats TO MARC'S!!!!! SO HAPPY FOR YOUR FRESH DELI COUNTERS AND FUN SHOPPING TO FINALLY BE IN OUR CITY!!!!
lyn April 12, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Great idea! A perfect spot is the VA hospital. And there's probably plenty of room to also put in a Home Depot.
lyn April 12, 2012 at 05:13 PM
LOTS! I think you answered your own question - i.e., with the higher priced grocer, Heinen's, across the street, people who want lower prices and basic items will shop at Marc's. With Giant Eagle leaving the location, it is a perfect location for another store that carries groceries at lower prices. Would you have preferred Dollar General or Big Lots or Aldi's (which IS a Trader Joes store with different labels)? I don't think those stores would do as well as a Marc's. Mustard Seed would have been nice, but you can't force a business into a location. I think Brecksville will do well with this store.
kenneth maresh April 12, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Yes, the City has a say in what retailer comes to town; so do the voters, and the Planning Commission. And, the property owner as well. However, this location was already zoned grocery retail. Don't you think a well-shopped store is better than an empty one?
kenneth maresh April 12, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I would have preferred Trader Joes, or a Buehlers, but I have to agree that a bird in the hand is better than an empty store. Brecksville will NEVER have a big box store, not at the VA; not anywhere, as long as we have the current, very diligent administration in Brecksville.
Joan April 12, 2012 at 07:52 PM
From what I heard there will be no close outs section in the new Marc's, which is the big draw for me. I so dread the parking hassles it is going to create in that already small parking lot.
Dan Dzina April 12, 2012 at 08:22 PM
For a long time, the Giant Eagle at that location has obviously been neglected in preference for the newer and larger Giant Eagle stores. In general, I stopped buying produce and meats at that location due to mediocre quality. However, for other off the shelf products, they often had a better price. While I have been unimpressed with the cleanliness and organization of many Marcs stores in the past -- I was equally unimpressed with the older Grocers in those areas. I will hold my judgment for what Marcs does with their storefront until they execute upon it, but I see no harm in having a cost conscious grocer option in that strip. That said, a Whole Foods or similar grocer would be more in direct completion with Heinen's offerings -- for that reason I suspect it would not be a prime location for them.
Cheryl April 13, 2012 at 12:06 AM
That parking lot seems way too small for a Marc's! I was really hoping for Trader Joe's. Marc's in Sagamore is a very short drive.
Constance Ritter April 13, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I project that Marc's will close it Sagamore store and we need something in the Giant Eagle site. I wish the Snider Company all the best in filling their retail spaces so they and Brecksville can succeed they both have invested alot. Besides I have seen a few prominent Brecksville, polictal figures shopping at Marc's. So let people choose where they want to shop. And a little bit of competion is always good.
Constance Ritter April 13, 2012 at 01:46 AM
That is all well in good to have higher end stores. But I think that we need to analyze why they felt not locating here so we can create a master plan to attract them and similiar companies this way. It could be a simple answer(s). The loss of over $2mill in tax revenue plus the down business losses, traffic flow etc. I believe have been a determining factors for midsize companies like Traders Joes unwillingness to be anchor tenants for our shopping center. Without surrounding retail to enhance traffic flow we are going to lose additional tenants. So I respect and wish all the best to the Snider Company to continue searching and securing tenants to keep business and economic growth in our downtown.
Constance Ritter April 13, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Why did Giant Eagle not rebuild in Brecksville on Rt. 82 across the street? And why did we not address the VA site almost 10 years ago when the rumor of them leaving was brought up? Water under the bridge, let us move forward now! We have many resources and positive components to attract any company who wants excel their business. Let us create a master plan and tell the world about the business minded city, Brecksville, Ohio. One thing we should consider doing is the creation of mixed use companies at the VA site. For example, we attract large corporation, executive and professional companies alongside complimentary midsize retail, restaurants and commercial businesses all in close proximity. And to make things clear I am not talking not talking large box stores but the kind of companies that will enhance our overall economic development but maintain the quaintness Brecksville holds dear. A master plan for the VA, downtown and surrounding sites is necessary: and even if only temporarily an economic team to address these issues in greater detail, ASAP. This way we can get to a point that businesses like Trader Joe's, Buehler's and Whole Foods are knocking on Brecksville’s door.
lyn April 13, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Hmmm... Reminds me of how people use to talk in Avon, which was even more "quaint" than Brecksville. But now they have Avon Commons - with Target, Kohl's, Home Depot, Heinen's, IHOP,... Like Avon, Brecksville could go with a "Tarjay" and still maintain the upscale image.
Mark April 13, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Rachel- do they plan to accept Credit Cards? I don't carry cash (prefer my debit) and the limitation to cash/check only a Marc's is the single reason I don't go there. Thanks for checking!
Rachel Abbey McCafferty (Editor) April 13, 2012 at 02:41 PM
That's number one on my list of questions, Mark! I'll definitely update readers as soon as I hear from Marc's.
John D. Moenk April 15, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Will they have the area of markdown items like Christmas ornaments or holiday itemsor other welll junk

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