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At Home on Reynolds Road - Old Kmart

Not sure if anyone brought this up, but the old Kmart on Reynolds is going to be an At Home.

http://www.athome.com/About

The sign is up and they are working on the building. Good news for an area that has a lot of vacant office buildings (some of which have not been mowed this year!)

created by Molsonator on Jun 15, 2014 at 03:22:12 pm     Comments: 29

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I had a phone interview for an Assistant Manager position with them. I wish them the best of luck - looks to be a lot of interesting merchandise.

posted by mennell on Jun 15, 2014 at 03:54:53 pm     #  

I think this was the national chain that told the city they wouldn't locate next to a blighted motel, so the city has agreed to take down the former Clarion.

HomeGoods, another national chain, is coming to the Target/Monroe Street area soon. Good luck with the job search, mennell!

posted by viola on Jun 15, 2014 at 08:36:38 pm     #   1 person liked this

I think this was the national chain that told the city they wouldn't locate next to a blighted motel, so the city has agreed to take down the former Clarion.

Obviously the standards weren't as high for Rite Aid or Waffle House.

Given their proliferation, I think Rite Aid would open a store on top of a graveyard if given the chance...

posted by oldhometown on Jun 16, 2014 at 06:15:02 am     #  

I had the interview in April - I found a job working for a commercial contractor in Northwood a few days later. We're working on the West Toledo Library renovation and the St. Rose in Perrysburg renovation.

posted by mennell on Jun 17, 2014 at 06:29:00 am     #  

Will this be their first store in Ohio? When I went to their webpage, there were none listed anywhere near here.

posted by hippiechick on Jun 17, 2014 at 10:39:26 am     #  

They've already done something great in forcing the city to tear down the abandoned hotel, so kudos to them on that front. (No demo started as of today, though) I'll give them some business just for that effort, and go from there.

posted by decent28 on Jun 21, 2014 at 10:56:14 am     #   1 person liked this

It's nice to know that to do the right thing (and eliminate ***blight***), the city requires some entity from the outside to threaten NOT to move here.

Makes me, as a citizen and long time resident of the Reynolds / Southwyck area, feel powerful. Because we've only been staring at that tower of black mold for a decade-plus while the city did jack shit to force the owners to do something.

Oh wait, they did do something: Southwyck was torn down so it wasn't a flat-campus of black mold. Good job guys...

posted by oldhometown on Jun 21, 2014 at 04:27:00 pm     #   1 person liked this

Check out the old Steak and Ale/Damons building. Can we tear that down too?

posted by Molsonator on Jun 21, 2014 at 05:18:18 pm     #   1 person liked this

Add the old Super America gas station at Ryan & Reynolds to the list.

posted by mixman on Jun 22, 2014 at 03:09:34 am     #  

Due to the usual effed-up rush hour traffic situation on 475/23, I drove the stretch of Reynolds from Dussel to Central this past Thursday evening. Having been caught by every traffic light, I had the opportunity to look more closely than I normally due when traversing that stretch of road. Aside from what is mentioned above, there are precious few bright spots anywhere on that journey until you reach Central.

posted by Foodie on Jun 22, 2014 at 06:16:40 am     #  

The For Lease signs as you get closer to Central are about 5 a block.

posted by Molsonator on Jun 22, 2014 at 08:51:55 am     #  

It seems like some of the old " arteries" have turned into dividing lines for a portion. Reynolds is a great example. Unfortunately, from about dorr, all the way to almost heatherdowns, the income and home ownership drops, just a bit to the west, at Holland Sylvania, it becomes seedier. This was solidly middle class less than 20 years ago.

posted by ahmahler on Jun 22, 2014 at 10:00:20 am     #  

Holland Sylvania south of Airport is super duper seedy.
It's claimed gang territory of The Anderson's Gang.
They control the area south of Wolf Creek, north of which is controlled by the Shadow Valley Boys. West of that, it's controlled by the Wolf Ridge and Walnut Creek Crips.

posted by justread on Jun 22, 2014 at 11:31:03 am     #   2 people liked this

ahmahler, you might need to elaborate on those points. Which neighborhoods are you talking about exactly?

I would also draw the line at Airport instead of Heatherdowns. The neighborhoods along Reynolds between Airport and Heatherdowns are still very nice.

posted by mixman on Jun 22, 2014 at 11:57:30 am     #  

When Starbucks came into Airport @ Reynolds, it was a shot of confidence to a degree, because they thoroughly investigate the future of an area before allowing the investment, which is $ millions, so here's hoping for for any more upswing.

posted by decent28 on Jun 24, 2014 at 08:51:17 am     #  

The strip is an easy target for criticism because the mall is gone, but there are actually a lot of new businesses that have opened in the last ten years or so... new Bob Evans, Steak n Shake, Golden Lily, Savers, Oasis, Harbor Freight Tools, Rite Aid, Waffle House, Paddy Jack's, Oasis, Subway, new Shell station, new McDonald's, Walgreen's, Blue Agave, Masala, Replay, Boomers, etc. Toys R Us, Keybank, and Olive Garden - the mall heyday veterans - are holding strong, and the Genesis Dreamplex has been repurposed. The vehicle count is high. Reynolds may not have fashion retailers anymore, but it's still a relatively vibrant commercial district.

Demolishing the monument to blight (clarion hotel) will be a major positive for the area. I'm looking forward to the new home store and other good things to follow.

posted by mixman on Jun 24, 2014 at 11:31:48 am     #  

Boomers, Radio Shack and Pizza Hut are some of the latest businesses to close there. The new strip shopping center that replaced Dominic's has never had more than 3 businesses in it. I have driven on that part of Reynolds 5 days a week for over 20 years and now there are more vacancies, empty buildings and for rent/lease/sale signs than I have ever seen between Heatherdowns and Airport Highway.

posted by Mike21 on Jun 24, 2014 at 12:17:54 pm     #  

Not to mention Kroger's left (just around the corner on Glendale).

I think Toys R Us is hanging on by a thread. There used to be a boarded up restaurant in their parking lot...not sure if its there any more.

Crazy Prices is going out. The bar next to it has been closed for ever.

Take a drive down Southwyck Blvd. There are abandoned buildings with grass three feet high.

The area can hardly be described as "relatively vibrant"

posted by Molsonator on Jun 24, 2014 at 12:34:17 pm     #  

to be fair, Radio Shack and Pizza Hut just moved to smaller locations south of Dussel.
I did notice a row of Tesla/EV charging stations in the parking lot by Meijer. That's cool.
http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger/maumee

posted by SavageFred on Jun 24, 2014 at 01:33:26 pm     #  

There are plenty of small (and medium and large) locations for rent/lease/sale near the mall site that Radio Shack and Pizza Hut could have moved to that would be cheaper than the locations near Dussel. (Although the former Radio Shack location was one of the smallest ones I have ever been in.) The Reynolds/Conant Street area south of the turnpike has been expanding and thriving for years.

posted by Mike21 on Jun 24, 2014 at 01:49:24 pm     #  

Yep - the Maumee side.

posted by Molsonator on Jun 24, 2014 at 02:00:15 pm     #   1 person liked this

(Gratuitous "I miss Dominic's" post.)

posted by justread on Jun 24, 2014 at 06:01:50 pm     #   1 person liked this

Oh come on. You guys talk about it like it's bombed out nazi Germany or something. I didn't know Boomer's closed. That's too bad. The old nightclub next to Crazy Prices turned into a Dollar General. Maybe Crazy Prices could be a new nightclub? Wait... Toledo doesn't have any nightclubs. I think that would be cool, though. Or the comedy club. Hey, the bowling alley is still there!

I don't know what to make of the Subway / old Dominic's strip. Until there's some nearby anchor development, it might be empty a while.

posted by mixman on Jun 24, 2014 at 06:26:42 pm     #  

Oh I almost forgot. Peaches moved out too.

posted by Molsonator on Jun 24, 2014 at 06:56:35 pm     #   2 people liked this

and Jed's! wait, did it move or was it shoved? lol

posted by nana on Jun 24, 2014 at 09:46:33 pm     #  

Actually, "bombed out nazi Germany" was rebuilt and recovered faster than the Southwyck area has been...

posted by Mike21 on Jun 24, 2014 at 10:33:43 pm     #   2 people liked this

Well you're only bagging on your own town - unless you don't actually live here. Love it or leave it. I may be in the minority, but I'm optimistic for the area and I'll stick up for my neighborhood as long as it's home.

The Maumee side of Reynolds is almost completely built up... maybe one or two small parcels left. If anything new goes in, it will likely require a tear-down, like the new Kroger. That's probably why Athome chose the former Kmart property. A big box needs a lot of land.

It's a supply and demand thing. During the mall decline period and recession demand was low. That's been picking up the last few years so we'll probably see more development. Hopefully even the old mall property someday.

posted by mixman on Jun 25, 2014 at 10:47:51 am     #   2 people liked this

I'm pointing out unpleasant facts - don't know why that makes me seem like I'm 'bagging on" my own town. The Southwyck area has been my home for over 25 years and I am not proud of what it has turned into. I patronize the businesses that are there now and did so for the ones that have left or closed. Unfortunately it is not the only the only commercial corridor that has deteriorated - Cherry Street, Sylvania Avenue east of Upton, all of Lewis, Alexis east of Lewis and all of Upton - to name just a few - all have too many vacant and neglected buildings and for rent/lease/sale signs.

posted by Mike21 on Jun 25, 2014 at 12:17:16 pm     #   1 person liked this

Molsonator posted at 06:56:35 PM on Jun 24, 2014:

Oh I almost forgot. Peaches moved out too.

Yeah, in like 1998...

posted by SavageFred on Jun 25, 2014 at 03:04:28 pm     #