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Plan for Drug Mart in Broadview Heights wins city approval

December 21, 2018

Plan for Drug Mart in Broadview Heights wins city approval

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio -- A plan by Discount Drug Mart to build a 27,500-square-foot store on the west side of Broadview Road, just south of Ohio 82, has been approved by both the city’s Planning Commission and City Council.

Steve Ferris, Drug Mart’s government and public affairs director, said the plan is to break ground on the new store in spring 2019 and open in the fall.

“Broadview Heights is a wonderful place with great people, and we’re excited about the chance to come to the community,” Ferris told cleveland.com earlier this week.

The $1.4 million store will stand on 5.8 acres, consisting of three parcels, directly south of a municipally owned 3-acre site the city plans to redevelop.

The store eventually will employ 25 full-time and 25 part-time workers. The estimated annual payroll is $1 million, according to paperwork filed with the city.

The site is zoned for commercial buildings, like Drug Mart, even though two of the three lots currently contain houses, according to the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Office website.

According to its website, Discount Drug Mart opened its first store in 1969 in Elyria. Today, it has 73 stores in more than 20 Ohio counties. 

Last year, Ferris said the Broadview Heights Drug Mart would be the first in southern Cuyahoga County. The plan to build a store in Broadview Heights was introduce in the fall of 2017.