STOW: Cleveland Clinic is opening a new outpatient medical center on the border of Stow and Cuyahoga Falls next week.

The Cleveland Clinic Medical Outpatient Center, Stow-Falls is a 33,000-square-foot renovated facility at 857 Graham Road that will offer Express Care, Falls Family Practice, dermatology, children’s therapy services and lab services.

All services but the children’s therapy, which opened late last year, will begin seeing patients on Monday.

Stow Mayor Sara Kline could not be happier that the Cleveland-based health system is now occupying the large space.

The site has been empty since the former Tops grocery store closed in late 2006. That site was among 28 Tops grocery stores in Northeast Ohio not sold or converted to Giant Eagle stores after the Pittsburgh-based grocer bought 14 Northeast Ohio Tops locations. At the time, Tops, a division of Dutch grocer Royal Ahold NV, said it was selling all 46 of its Northeast Ohio locations and leaving the market.

“We are beyond thrilled,” Kline said Tuesday. “We have pondered and talked about incentives to someone to use that space.”

Cleveland Clinic found the space on its own, so “we really didn’t have to do anything to attract them,” Kline said.

Kline said over the years, there have been no significant projects that looked at the property. The former Sears Hardware next door to the shuttered grocery store became a Planet Fitness several years ago.

Kline hopes the new Cleveland Clinic site will jump-start activity in some of the plazas nearby along Graham Road.

In anticipation of the new location, the former locations of Falls Family Practice and Cleveland Clinic Akron General Express Care Clinic, Cuyahoga Falls will close effective Wednesday.

Falls Family Practice previously was renting space inside Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls but was not affiliated with the hospital, Cleveland Clinic Akron General spokeswoman Kelly Ward-Smith said.

The Express Care Clinic location closing on Wednesday is in a small medical office building down the street. Akron General leased part of the building for Express Care, but does not own that building, she said.

The new location is in Stow, but has a Cuyahoga Falls mailing address.

Cleveland Clinic Children’s therapy services helps children from birth through young adulthood who are chronically ill or who are recovering from serious injury increase their functional abilities. The new location features two gyms, a sensory room and rock wall.

The Express Care Clinic offers walk-in medical attention for common health problems, including cold and flu symptoms, conjunctivitis, ear and throat infections, minor bumps and cuts, seasonal allergies, skin rashes, simple sprains and strains, sinus infections, urinary tract infections and upper respiratory tract infections.

Falls Family Practice sees patients of all ages, from newborns to older adults.

The facility is open 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and is closed Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information about the Cleveland Clinic Medical Outpatient Center, Stow-Falls, call 330-923-9585.

Beacon Journal consumer columnist and medical reporter Betty Lin-Fisher can be reached at 330-996-3724 or blinfisher@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow her @blinfisherABJ on Twitter or www.facebook.com/BettyLinFisherABJ and see all her stories at www.ohio.com/betty