Those clamoring for years for a new grocery store in the Highland Square area of West Akron were pleased to see steel beams sprout up, a positive sign that construction of a Mustard Seed Market was well underway.
Then all of the sudden, nothing was happening on the prominent site at the corner of Edgerton Road, Portage Path and West Market Streets. Residents were left wondering about the status of the long-awaited project.
Adele Roth, Akron’s development manager, said grocery store-hungry residents need not despair. She said two factors caused the lack of activity: poor weather this spring and two gas lines that didn’t exist on anyone’s drawings discovered on the site. Roth said the gas lines have been moved and work has begun again in earnest.
“They are out there today, digging the foundation for the screen wall,” she said of a wall on the back of the site that will screen an area for trash cans.
The new target opening date for the grocery store is January, a few months after the initial projection of late fall.
Mustard Seed will lease the store from the city, with the option to buy. Akron received a federal loan for the project.
Phillip and Margaret Nabors, Mustard Seed’s founders, also own stores in Montrose and Solon. The new store, at 23,000-square-feet, will be the smallest of the three.
Stephanie Warsmith can be reached at 330-996-3705 or email@example.com.