Meijer abandons contract to build on former Geauga Lake property

Posted | 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.

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Land of Lies, that is. :)

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

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

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

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

jkpark's avatar

Meijer only wrote the contract to abandon it.

Raven-Phile's avatar

When did Dick Kinzel start working for Meijer?

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

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.

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.

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.

^^ 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.

john peck's avatar

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.

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

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.

Raven-Phile's avatar

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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