Your Marc’s Questions Answered

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The questions have been pouring in since last week’s announcement that .

It’s still really early in the process, but I was able to exchange emails with Denise Blank, the property manager at , and talk to to get some questions answered. There has been no additional information available from Marc's yet.

Some of the following questions were inspired by comments from readers, and some were questions on my mind.

Will the new store have a pharmacy? What about a diner?
No to both, Blank said.

Hruby also said that the store will not have a liquor license when it opens, so it will just sell wine and beer.

Where is the extra space coming from?
Blank said the new Marc’s store will be about 46,000 square feet. That includes the current location, along with the current spots for , , and . Wine N Spirits is leaving with Giant Eagle, Le Nails will move into a vacant space next to , and Great Clips will move into the .

What happened to the idea of a Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, etc.?
There are about 10 grocery chains that the city tried to bring to Brecksville, Hruby said—the other stores just weren’t interested. Many wanted a bigger space or a larger market to sell to.

What will the store look like?
Hruby said Marc’s knows that not everyone in Brecksville would be happy about the announcement. He was told that the store would be an upscale type of Marc’s with top-line products like the ones in and .

Neither Hruby nor Blank knew if the new Marc’s would accept credit or debit cards.

The bottom line? Hruby said he hopes that people continue buying local and supporting Brecksville businesses when Marc’s opens.

“Give it a chance,” he said.

If your question hasn't been answered yet, leave it in the comments.

michelle dawson April 20, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Marc's approach to merchandising reinforces its deep-discount proposition and it's definitely not for everyone. But at expected sales per square foot well above $500, Marc's will drive traffic, benefiting other retail at the center and mitigating further tenant loss. Congrats to Snider on a successful redevelopment!
laura yurman April 20, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Im more concerned about parking than the actual " Marcs" moving in. Im not liking the parking lot changes at all! Most people will shop at Marcs once they get used to it...even if they are complaining now.
Grandma G April 20, 2012 at 05:14 PM
You all didn't complain when the Freight place was in the shopping center, That was a real mess. Some people do have to watch their money and Heinens is very expensive. A bag of Lay's chips is a bag of chips, but when you can find something at a lesser price you hopefully will there. Give it a chance, don't be a snob!!
R. Telaak April 20, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I've always found Marc's to be dingy. Not quite dirty, but messy. I'm not a fan. I also don't understand why there would be a need for 3 Marc's stores within 5 miles of one another. There aren't that many people around Brecksville that walk to the shopping center.
R. Telaak April 20, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I was surprised that the Freight place opened a few years ago . . .I was also surprised that it lasted as long as it did. I wandered in, looked around, but rarely bought anything,
Lila Tamulewicz April 20, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Has anyone been to the Westlake or Avon Marc's? Just curious what the difference is between a regular and upscale Marc's. Anyone up for a road trip?
R. Telaak April 21, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Lila, if the Westlake Marc's is at Great Northern (near our favorite lunch spot) then, other than it being a bit larger than the Marc's that used to be at Pleasant Valley, I never noticed any difference. Still dingy, still the same type of cash registers, didn't notice anything "upscale" about it. Yes, I'll do a road trip!
Joe See April 21, 2012 at 01:55 PM
1) It took years for McDonald's to be allowed to come to Brecksville. 2) Heinen's wanted the current Giant Eagle space and adjoining spaces(s) that Marc's will now occupied but was denied expansion opportunities. Why weren't the voters allowed an opportunity to decide if Marc's is allowed? The Mayor has been very open about Marc's coming here until now not looking too happy about possibility. When you think about it, it does not make logical business sense to have 2 grocery stores across from each other in our small city. Eventually, one will cancel the other out. But it comes down to tax revenue (taxes the employees pay and taxes the business pays) When Heinen's came in, Giant Eagle took a big hit. Of course, Giant Eagle was always wearing a different colored lipstick than what Marc's will be wearing. It all comes down to how personal the business owner feels about their store. Marc's really doesn't care what we say or how we feel. They know people will come in. They have zero concept of how to move shoppers through their store. They only know how to buy in bulk and place it out in bulk. And they know they will hurt other businesses. A pig is still a pig regardless what color lipstick or dress you put on it.
Joe See April 21, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Kudu’s to our City Elected officials too for allowing this. It would be interesting to see on what page this falls under in the master plan. This also opens an excellent opportunity for Odd Lots or Big Lots or Piggly Wiggly to come in. And I might imagine there would be an increase of home sales here too. Why live in Brecksville anymore if the city doesn’t care what retail comes in. If I want to live in a city with Marc’s in it, Parma or Macedonia work just as well and taxes are certainly much lower. Oh great, lower taxes means more money for me to spend at Marc’s. NOT! Don't forget, those same smiling friendly employees that walk you down the isle to find something from Giant Eagle just might be the same ones at Marc's. Oh wait, I forgot, they don't know how to do that!
Joe See April 21, 2012 at 02:11 PM
almost forgot...community give back. An enormous number of businesses give back to their community in amazingly wonderful ways. The Snider Company along with The City of Brecksville, has now given us Marc’s and a pathetically designed parking lot.
GARY KACIREK April 21, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Brett Wilms April 21, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I am moving from Macedonia to Brecksville in June. As I type, my wife is buying a few items at Heinen's and the bulk of our grocery needs at Marc's in Sagamore. If Marc's was not going into the plaza, we would drive into Sagamore for our groceries, but instead, now we will be able to WALK and complete all of our grocery shopping locally. I've been shopping at Marc's for years because they offer what I need at good prices. I have always found the staff to be helpful and friendly.
lyn April 22, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Typical Brecksville snobbery. "My city is too good to have a Marc's, but we all shop there." You must frequent these other 2 stores since you seem to be an expert on the conditions of them. As you have such hatred for them, do you work for Heinens?
lyn April 22, 2012 at 10:42 AM
You're right - Giant Eagle took such a hit that they decided to build a much larger, grander, better, upscale store to take care of the customers in the area. Oh, I guess that makes you wrong! There was a time when there were 2 grocery stores in that same shopping center - Pick-N-Pay and Country Counter. And the population of Brecksville was much smaller then. Lots of cities do well with competition, and so will this city. It gives shoppers a choice, and they don't have to travel out of the city to get to a Marc's now - unless they are too embarrassed to be seen in one.
R. Telaak April 22, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Brett - keep in mind: Macedonia is not in Cuyahoga County - so sales tax (on non food items) will still be less there than in Brecksville. The Marc's in Broadview Heights is always busy and that Marc's moved from Parma.
Cindy April 28, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Will the Sagamore store close once the Brecksville store opens?
David May 07, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Who is going to shop at this store? Sagamore & Macedonia have their own Marcs. Richfield & Bath are closer to the Marcs in Fairlawn. Broadview Heights, North Royalton and Parma have several closer Marcs as well as the new Giant Eagle. This leaves Independence and a very upset Brecksville community. I just don't see this working on any level. Looking forward to the next mayoral election though.
Mike May 09, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I am a Broadview Heights homeowner with a household income >$300K and I shop at the Broadview Heights Marcs all the time. Love the place- just because the prices are cheap doesn't mean the place has poor quality things. Produce is usually fresh and the in-season fruit is always cheap. No it doesn't have a deli counter, but it has the basic meats that most people use on a daily basis. Our new Giant Eagle in Broadview Heights is really nice and I'll probably stop by to get random stuff and my wife likes to shop at Heinens for special items, but for day to day grocery shopping, you'll save probably 25-30% at Marcs. It's not just for people who are "lower income"- its for people who care what they do with their money. I'm happy for Brecksville that they got a Marcs- it'll be a huge upgrade from the crummy Giant Eagle that there used to be there. Not sure if it'll be any closer than my Broadview Heights one.
Joe May 09, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Mike, you are 100% correct about the products. We shop at the one in Sagamore for 75% of our groceries but there is absolutely no need for 3 Marcs within 11 miles of each other. And, as most people of Brecksville not reading this will tell you, we do NOT want this store in our town. We also don't want a Dollar General, DSW or Olive Garden (all places I frequent). The ONLY reason Marcs is coming is because, according to the mayor, Whole Foods, Earthfare and Trader Joes detemined that Brecksville did not have enough consumer draw. Quite frankly I don't believe those claims and would love to see the research supporting those claims. Marcs is the bailout plan to fill a tax void. Plain and simple. The majority of Brecksville residents probably do shop at Marcs...but nobody wants the store in our backyard. Some communities have higher standards (yeah I said it) and Brecksville, so I thought, was one of them.
Mike May 09, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I can see your point, Joe, but evidently the other premium supermarket players didn't think Brecksville was a big enough draw for them, especially with two other players GE and Heinens within 3 miles of it, going for a premium market. It just wouldn't make sense for a TJ's to be there (though I'd love that). Too much cross over in markets. In the end, its better for Brecksville to have a resident in that gaping space than to have a big empty space- that would have been thoroughly depressing. The truth is, if some of those premium markets crunched the numbers and thought that they would make enough profit to make the investment to change the shopping area worth it, they would have done it- its nothing against Brecksville, its just economics. Brecksville is a relatively small market and it is pretty saturated, especially with Big Box areas like Macedonia, Strongsville and Fairlawn surrounding it.
lyn May 09, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Well said!
Troy McClure May 10, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Good grief. Between this post and your previous one, I can see why you hide behind a name like "Joe See." I'd be ashamed if I was as uneducated as you are. "Why weren't the voters allowed an opportunity"? Because some just-as-clueless resident like yourself didn't go through the legal hoops to get the initiative on the ballot. And what a great move that would be. Not to mention a great message you're sending to potential businesses. That moron residents with the mentality like yourself would vote to NOT allow you to come in. Plus, would YOU pony up the money for the election. Joe needs to go 'see' about a clue.
Jan May 10, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I disagree. Trader Joes would have been successfull. The closest two are each 20 miles away. I too would like to see their research. I've heard that the new Marcs location is zoned grocery. Not sure if thats true but that would make Marcs the only option with the other stores backing out and GE and Heinens already close by. Its just sad to see such a junky store in that location. I'd rather it be vacant or rezoned and partioned into smaller stores. Brecksville is planning on adding shopping and commercial businesses at the VA location so not having a Marcs or other grocery store wouldn't have mattered.
Mary May 10, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I live in Sagamore Hills and am excited for Brecksville to get a Marcs based on the fact that I'm hoping they close our store. Looking forward to getting this dump out of our town!
lyn May 11, 2012 at 11:14 AM
At VA location- Lets put a Target, Home Depot, IHOP, Staples and Mustard Seed. And, if not that direction- lets try to get a developer to put in a "senior campus". Facilities for all levels - independent living, dependent care, skilled nursing. We have nothing like this close by.
Joe See August 01, 2012 at 12:03 PM
So what's the latest on Marc's? I see no activity in the vacant space and recently heard that the city has been pushing back on approving certain permits? This leads to a comment or two. Why would there be so much hype for a company to come into the city and NOT do all of their homework, i.e. know in advance if all of the desired work would be approved? Or, are they so attempting to change things half way through?
Ms T January 09, 2013 at 01:03 AM
I worked at Marc's in Sagamore and I live in Brecksville. Most of the Brecksville customers are snobbish and rude and would be very short with conversation when I tried to be friendly untill I told them I lived in Brecksville for over 40 years, Just to let you know not only some of the customers are Hotsy Totsy but so are a few of the higher employees even if they work in Sagamore, so they should fit in very well .
Amanda Harnocz January 09, 2013 at 03:44 PM
I used to work at the Sagamore Marc's too! It was when I was in high school ... so it was around 2002. Were you there at the same time?
denise sloan January 30, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Where are you located?
Anthony March 02, 2013 at 11:56 AM
I cant Waite for the water park in Blossom Hill, lets disturbe the peacfulnes of Brecksville , up scale of Parma!! Let's build a Aldi's too. I moved to Brecksville to get out of the cement world and rat race. Sooner or later we will have a R T A bus stop in Barr rd!!! We can add more stop lights like Strongsville, and increase the police department because of more robberies and shop lifting.


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