By CATERINA GUINTA
Orange fencing lines the parking lot of Wal-Mart at 4141 Pearl Road, Medina Township, as the store starts the transformation into a Wal-Mart Super Center.
Wal-Mart is in the process of transforming the store to accommodate a 50,000-square-foot grocery section, store manager Chorey Howell said, and the store will be rearranged to have a better flow.
â€œItâ€™s going to be different,â€ Howell said.
The expansion will add 37,346 square feet to the north side of the building facing Kohlâ€™s and the garden center will also be expanded to 9,366 square feet, said Alliss Strogin, chairwoman of the township zoning commission.
Medinaâ€™s super center wonâ€™t be as large as some of the companyâ€™s other locations because, as of now, there wonâ€™t be other tenants like nail salons and banks, Howell said.
Shoppers walk around the orange construction fence Tuesday at Wal-Mart in Medina Township. The location is in the process of being transformed into a Wal-Mart Super Center that will carry groceries and be open 24 hours.(Shirley Ware | Photo Editor)
The Adena Corp. is in charge of the construction and said the store will have new floors, some wood floors, and less carpet. The parking lot also is being repaved, Dick Hayden, superintendent of Adena said. The firm hopes the parking lot will be finished by Thanksgiving.
There also will be elaborate landscaping in the surrounding area and sidewalks on U.S. Route 42 and Ledgewood Drive, Strogin said.
Medinaâ€™s Wal-Mart was chosen for expansion because of the communityâ€™s dedication to the store, Howell said. When Wal-Mart was looking to add super centers in Ohio, Medinaâ€™s dedication wasnâ€™t forgotten.
â€œThe community (Medina) has been very good for us for 16 years,â€ he said. â€œIt was definitely one of the top considerations in the state.â€
The main attraction of the super center is the grocery section which will create more jobs. Not only will the store need more staff for the grocery section, it will need more employees for the overnight shifts since the super center will be open 24 hours a day, Wal-Mart officials have said.
The biggest advantage to the Wal-Mart Super Center is the convenience of one-stop shopping and Wal-Martâ€™s motto â€œSave Money. Live Better,â€ Howell said.
â€œIt gives the customer another option to where they want to spend their money,â€ he said. â€œWe will save them money.â€
The super center is expected to be finished by June or July 2009, Hayden said.
Atlantic Tool and Die
Atlantic Tool and Die at 4995 Atlantic Drive in Seville is expanding its one-year-old facility. The company makes auto parts for Honda and does metal stamping.
Itâ€™s undergoing a 42,000-square-foot expansion due to increases at Honda of America, Michael Mehwald, Atlantic executive vice president said.
The expansion will create more warehouse space and 12 jobs, Mehwald said.
The company is a 17-time award winner for Honda, he said.
â€œItâ€™s a real gem,â€ Mehwald said. â€œWeâ€™re very grateful we work for Honda.â€
The expansion is expected to be finished by October, he said.
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