What's your Favorite Anchor Store Suggestion for the Empty Plaza?

In February, Patch asked readers what anchor store they'd like to see at the Stow-Kent Plaza ... now vote for your favorite suggestion.

The Stow-Kent Plaza may still be empty, but the list of ideas for anchor stores at the location are overflowing on Patch. 

Many of the store fronts have been vacant for years in that plaza.  

Mayor Sara Drew said the owner of the property isn't interested in making any updates until an anchor store moves into one of the empty spots.

Right now, in that plaza, some of the space is occupied. Some of the current tenants there are a , Subway and — which is the top producing Macy’s per square foot in Ohio, the mayor said.

Drew said it's "understandable" that the the owner wants an anchor tenant to commit before making improvements.

Until then ... "It continues to be an eye sore in the meantime," said Drew.  

The mayor said she and her administration are always trying to find tenants for that plaza. There are also tax incentives offered by the city and fees that could be waved for potential tenants.

"We are not sitting back and waiting for developers to do all the work. We are always trying to encourage companies to move in," .

So, in February, Stow Patch asked readers to . The response was overwhelming and.

Now, take our poll and vote for the suggestion you think is best!

Amanda Harnocz April 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Be sure to leave other recommendations down here if you just thought of a new one or if your option isn't in the poll!
Staci April 10, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Mustard Seed & Cafe would be nice.
David Blazina April 10, 2012 at 01:44 PM
i missed the original conversation! we should occupy the plaza with community involvement. i.e. joshua's cafe #2, start a program at the high-school for student to start businesses in the plaza ( or use the KSU entrepreneurship program), the farmers market, a flea market, and/or just a permanent "community showcase"
Michelle F April 10, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Catherines Plus Size Clothing Store.
Amanda Harnocz April 10, 2012 at 02:23 PM
No one has suggested that yet, thanks for your input Michelle.
Becky Slam April 10, 2012 at 02:32 PM
It would take a giant leap of faith for anyone to sign a lease for that plaza. Since Stambaughs left, it has become a sad symbol for overcommercialization and empty strip malls across the country. The owner of the plaza doesn't seem to care. When Big Lots is your biggest tennant, you know you're on borrowed time. It would be tragic if Macy's vacated its current location. I recommend supporting it as much as possible! As to whom someone should woo to occupy the plaza, how about courting a bar & grill type restaurant, dark, cozy, casual menu, booths all throughout. Maybe an entrepreneur could be given rock-bottom rent to get that plaza going again. How about a high school age dance place, perhaps sponsored by a progressive church and chaparoned by courageous parents?
Robert Dotson April 10, 2012 at 03:50 PM
autumn simpson April 10, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Anything to fill the empty space would be nice!
Jack Kelly April 10, 2012 at 09:25 PM
I voted "other". Here's an idea: tear the majority of the dump down! You can start with the entire wing that used to house Stambaugh's and Aldi before they moved, and then work your way up to Big Lots! It's dated (looks like it hasn't been updated--including paint--since it was built several decades ago), it's too large, and some storefronts probably have other cost-prohibitive/other issues (given that many of those storefronts have been vacant for well-over a decade). There's absolutely nothing attractive about the current structure for any business to move in there (if it was, there wouldn't be so many vacancies). Since Macy's IS an 'anchor', you can now redevelop that space--off of Macy's--as a smaller center. Maybe even a 'town centre'-like feel. But, that makes too much sense for this obvious deadbeat shopping center owner.
Amanda Harnocz April 11, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Bad news Trader Joe's fans ... talked to the mayor yesterday who said she knows that Trader Joe's isn't interested in expanding to the greater Akron area. bummer!
SALLY DAVENPORT April 11, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I agree that the whole complex is dated. An entirely new facelift is needed, but is there any chance of any improvement, really? I heard that this is the same owner whose property was taken by eminent domain in Cuy. Falls, AND that he is using the property is being used as a tax write-off. Is there any way to force the owner to commit to an improvement plan, or do what they did in the Falls and take over the complex section that isn't owned by Macy's? I have complained to Macy's about the lack of maintenance of the parking lot and was told that they are also frustrated. Could the mayor work with Macy's ?
Becky Slam April 19, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Jack makes a valid point. If the presence of Macy's isn't enough, then what would be? Macy's cannot be expected to maintain a plaza it sits adjacent to and the parking lot that surrounds it. Nobody would want to relocate or open in such an unattractive and decrepit plaza. I agree, it should be razed. And the owner most certainly does not care about the people of Stow.
Carolyn Watts April 20, 2012 at 01:38 AM
A TJ Maxx or Marshall's. They have great designer clothes and shoes in their better stores, and the prices are hard to beat. Macy's won't like it though.
Carolyn Watts April 20, 2012 at 01:39 AM
A TJ Maxx or Marshall's. They have great designer clothes and shoes in their better stores, and the prices are hard to beat. Macy's won't like it though
Melanie July 31, 2012 at 11:57 AM
I wish they would put a Chucky Cheese in there so I would not have to go all the way to Fairlawn.


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