While a banner that reads, "Grocer coming soon," has been posted up on the vacant building in Buckeye Plaza, the identity of the mysterious new grocery store has yet to be revealed. But this should all still come as good news for area residents who were upset about the Giant Eagle closing.
In January, resident responded to the closing with a petition titled, "Don't Close the Buckeye Neighborhood Giant Eagle." The petition explained the necessity of having the Giant Eagle remain in its former location saying:
This grocery store plays a crucial role in the vibrancy of our community. The store is an anchor for the Buckeye Plaza, which is an integral part of the Buckeye commercial corridor between South Moreland Boulevard and MLK Jr. Drive. It is a necessity in the neighborhood. At the core of our community resides working class families who live here because of affordability, convenient transportation, and the many amenities offered locally. Giant Eagle is one of those key amenities.Vaughn Johnson, deputy director of Buckeye-Shaker Square Development Corp, is aware of the community's concern, especially after residents protested at one of Development Corp meetings, telling Cleveland.com, "the community has asked us to keep them abreast, once we knew the grocer had signed on and put the banner up, we wanted to share that with the community."
While Johnson isn't allowed to reveal who the new grocer is just yet, he did offer a little bit more detail about the space saying, "They're going to try to offer fresh and healthy food to the community and this store will also have a pharmacy. The hope is they're going to occupy the entire space."