Meijer abandons contract to build on former Geauga Lake property

Posted Thursday, August 23, 2018 10:20 AM | Contributed by BrettV

After several years in the planning stages, Meijer confirmed this week that the company won’t build a new store on the old Geauga Lake land.

Read more from The Akron Beacon Journal.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018 11:15 AM

Land of Lies, that is. :)

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Thursday, August 23, 2018 12:06 PM

Interesting having read about Meijer's plans to build in northeast Ohio.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20180722/news/169101/retail-...er-menards

Guess just not on GL property. Though that makes sense because that kid has plans to re-open the park, right? Wonder how his GoFundMe account is doing? He should be onto phase 2 by now, right? LOL

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Thursday, August 23, 2018 12:07 PM

Don't worry, the GoFundMe is only $19,998,746 away from bringing the park back.

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Friday, August 24, 2018 9:31 AM

Anyone who builds something there will be cursed. That park should never have been closed.

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Friday, August 24, 2018 11:08 AM

Meijer only wrote the contract to abandon it.

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Friday, August 24, 2018 2:06 PM

When did Dick Kinzel start working for Meijer?

He must have come out of retirement just to screw over the Meijer enthusiasts.

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Friday, August 24, 2018 10:15 PM

Is Meijer in the habit of planning stores for multiple years only to pull out of the deal? Because that's exactly what they did around the corner from my house 15-20 years ago.

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Friday, August 24, 2018 10:36 PM

I don’t know, but I hope you’re not disappointed. The last thing I’d want is a Meijer around the corner from my house.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018 9:03 AM

I didn't care one way or the other. Even the "far, far out" west side suburbs of Cleveland have no lack of retail. I found it amusing about 10 years later after all the new houses were built behind the parcel how much of a fit they threw when they found out Walmart was going to build in their back yards like they thought that land on the corner of the state route and major road was going to remain a field of daisies forever. They must not have remembered the Meijer plans from 10 years before.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018 9:45 AM

^^ I dunno. I've lived in apartments that are within walking distance of Meijer, and its kinda nice to be able to just walk there if I just need a couple of items.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018 10:12 PM

My thoughts in the past was how hard it was to deal with the cities of Bainbridge and Aurora. I would not be surprised if that may have been one of the causes that killed the park as well. GL suffered from so many issues... many of which many of us wouldn't notice.

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Friday, August 31, 2018 11:50 AM

It just makes me sad. I really have fond memories of that park.

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Friday, August 31, 2018 1:15 PM

As do I. I think about it and miss it all the time. Especially as we get closer to fall, as the years of Worlds of Adventure Fright Fest were easily some of the most fun times I ever had in that park.

But I'm hardly as ridiculous as some of these fanboys on Facebook about the place, demanding to have the park return.

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Saturday, September 1, 2018 11:43 AM

I always loved Oktoberfest and Fright Fest. It was nice to just drive 35-ish minutes on a Friday night in the fall, to go enjoy the park.

Also, I miss having a water park so close to home. It was nice to just drop in for a day and not have to commit to going all the way to the lake shore, which is more than double the drive.

I also have fond memories of company picnics with my family at Geauga Lake when I first moved to Ohio. I’ll never forget my first time in The Wave, either.

But, life goes on and I realize all the reasons it closed - should have been preventable, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

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