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Starbucks, Menchie's May Be Coming to Solon

Starbucks, Menchie's and GNC are slated to open in a new 12,000 square foot retail space being built at Solar Center.

Starbucks may be coming to Solon.

Same with Menchie's, the popular frozen yogurt chain.

Construction plans submitted to the Solon planning department show that Starbucks and Menchie's are proposed tenants in the , which is about to be redeveloped by Echo Solon. The plaza at the intersection of SOM Center and Aurora roads will also include a new, freestanding .

Starbucks and Menchie's -- along with GNC and Cole Optical -- would be part of a new 12,000- square-foot retail space that Echo will build at the plaza, according to construction elevation drawings submitted to Solon's planning department.

The building will be built behind the Fifth Third Bank and D.O. Sommers. That will be the first building constructed once Echo breaks ground. The plan is to have the building complete later this year.

Solon Planning Director Rob Frankland said that there are plans for a drive-thru for Starbucks. Those plans will go before Solon's Safety and Public Properties Committee in the near future.

Once that building is done, Echo will tear down the south end of the existing plaza, where the new Giant Eagle will be built. The existing Giant Eagle will remain open until the new one is finished, expected sometime in 2013.

Stay tuned for more coverage of the plans to redo Solar Center!

Mimi Hollander May 04, 2012 at 01:02 PM
At long last, finally a Starbucks!
Bridget Cole Williams May 04, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Yeah!!!! But tropical oasis just opened! Do we need that and menchies?
Suzi Castiglione May 04, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Not sure we need Starbucks or Menchies......but I guess variety and all that. Any business coming into Solon can only be good news. Hopefully, they will find it easier to deal with the city than usual.
Troy McClure May 05, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Yay! Building more retail space in Solon. Because there's a waiting list for retail space in the city.

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