By Kristin Bednarski
Union Township officials talked about several businesses either under construction or soon to be under construction in the township at their Oct. 11 meeting.
Administrator Ken Geis said it is good to see that businesses of all sizes are coming to the township with other businesses making plans to expand.
“We’ve seen large, small and intermediate projects,” Geis said.
At the meeting, zoning amendments were passed for Advance Auto Parts, which will be constructing a store and hub center near EastGate Mall off Eastgate Boulevard as well as Bath and Bubbles Dog Grooming, a pet grooming business that will be located off Ohio Pike.
Trustees also approved a zoning amendment for MEDLAB, located on Ohio Pike in Union Township, so the company could begin an expansion project for their business.
“It’s great to see economic development efforts starting to pay off,” Trustee Tim Donnellon said about the activity.
Donnellon said it is also impressive to see three different levels of development and expansion.
Geis hinted that they are working on another large project involving the expansion of an industry leader in the township. He said he will provide more information as the plans are finalized.
One of the largest projects in Union Township last year was the construction of Jungle Jim’s International Market, which opened on Sept. 25.
Jungle Jim’s brought several other tenants to vacant spaces in the shopping center.
Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt and Jimmy John’s have already opened by Jungle Jim’s and a sign outside one of the spaces indicates that Route 66 Burger Shack is soon to follow.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries also recently opened in Eastgate and Logan’s Roadhouse is nearing completion outside EastGate Mall.
In addition, a building that will contain Men’s Warehouse and Mattress Firm is under construction near EastGate Mall.
Advance Auto Parts also be located outside of the mall across from Firestone Complete Auto Care.
“We’re glad to have that vacant field have something in it,” Trustee Robert McGee said about the future Advance Auto Parts location.