Meijer seeks variance for signage at mall

HOWLAND — Township zoning officials are reviewing plans for a 159,264-square-foot Meijer store that may be built at the site of the former Super Kmart at the Eastwood Mall complex.

“According to the plans I have, the Super Kmart building will be demolished and Meijer will build its building to the chain’s specifications,” Peter Ross, Howland Township Zoning administrator, said on Thursday. “The store, if built, will have a gas station and a convenience store on the property.”

Ross said the grocery and department store chain is asking the township to review and approve variances for its signage.

“The information on the sign variance request likely will go to the board of appeals in January,” Ross said.

Township Administrator Darlene St. George said the idea of a superstore is very exciting.

“It will fill the void left when the Super Kmart closed,” St. George said. “I’m pleased with the possibility of the quick turnaround of getting a new store at the site.”

The Cafaro Company, which owns the mall complex, has not confirmed whether there has been a commitment by the store chain to move into the former Super Kmart space.

“Over time, our people have spoken with Meijer representatives, but the Cafaro Company has spoken to a number of grocery store chains over the years,” Joe Bell, a spokesman for Cafaro, said.

The grocery store chain previously confirmed its intention to build stores in Boardman at U.S. Route 224 and Lockwood Boulevard and in Austintown at the former Austintown Middle School.

Meijer operates more than 240 super centers and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.