Retail and industrial development in Strongsville rebounded nicely in 2021, with a number of new businesses opening or announcing plans to operate here.
On the retail side, Discount Drug Mart and Arby’s have constructed new buildings, while Harbor Freight Tools, V Dessert, Hot Chicken Takeover, Restore Hyper Wellness, Pho & Beyond, Goldfish Swim School, Wine Down & Sweets Café and Parma Movers have opened in existing storefronts.
Even more are coming soon: Seafood Shake is taking over the former Rockne’s site; Crumbl Cookies is opening next to Rosewood Grill, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is renovating the former Burger King on Pearl Road, Barrio is finished remodeling the former Molly McGhee’s, Dave’s Cosmic Subs is taking over a Pearl Road storefront, and both Blue Habanero and Szechuan Gourmet are coming to The Greens of Strongsville. Building new outlets are Sgt. Clean Car Wash and Strickland Brothers 10-Minute Oil Change.
“Strongsville’s commercial and industrial growth has remained strong throughout the pandemic, illustrating the city’s designation as a job hub within the region,” Economic Development Director Brent Painter said.
Painter presented the city’s economic development outlook to the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce Nov. 16.
Strongsville’s business parks also had exceptional growth in 2021 – especially for corporate headquarters. Expanding this year were Infinium Walls, which built a new 120,000-square-foot headquarters on Prospect Road; Woodpecker Inc., which leased an additional 79,000 square feet of space on Prospect Road; CCL, which received approval to start building a new 105,000-square-foot North American headquarters on Foltz Parkway; Union Home Mortgage, which opened its new state-of-the-art training center in the former ITT Tech building; Greller & Co., which relocated its corporate headquarters to property it purchased on Progress Drive; Plidco, which relocated its headquarters to a 233,000-square-foot building it purchased on Alameda Drive; Newko Polymers, which leased an additional 12,000 square feet on Alameda Drive; and NCDS Medical Billing, which purchased a 3,600-square-foot office building for a new headquarters.
Strongsville also hosts corporate headquarters for Foundation Software, TestOil, Clark Reliance and National Automotive Experts.
Also in 2021: Third Federal leased office space in the Greens of Strongsville; Mechanical Rubber leased an 80,000-square-foot manufacturing facility; Intralot expanded its Ohio Lottery IT Center by 26,000 square feet; NPL Home Medical relocated its medical device repair operation to Strongsville; TricorBraun leased a 30,000 distribution center here; and Scannell Properties presented plans to build a new 317,000-square-foot spec building on Royalton Road.
Economic development has a wide-reaching impact on a city, from job opportunities for residents – between 2010 and 2019, there were 3,618 net new jobs created in Strongsville – to increased property values.
Businesses also generate tax revenue for city services and schools, and help maintain a vibrant, in-demand community.