Economic Development News

Posted on: September 19, 2016

Beachwood's La Place will be home to first Container Store in Northern Ohio

The Container Store, a specialty national retailer offering creative home and office storage solutions, will open its first Northeast Ohio location in the spring of 2017 at La Place in Beachwood.

This is the first major tenant announcement at La Place since General Growth Properties Inc. purchased the shopping center in 2015. To make room for The Container Store, KA Architecture has designed a new image for the east portion of LaPlace and created plans for raising the roof of the former Borders bookstore.

“We’re thrilled that such a key retailer is coming to Beachwood. I’d like to welcome The Container Store, which will be joining many other quality retailers who serve customers in our city,’’ said Mayor Merle S. Gorden, who makes the announcement after drawings were submitted to the Building Department to raise the former bookstore’s roof.

“I also want to thank General Growth Properties for securing this tenant for the residents of Beachwood and surrounding communities,” he added. “This is key to reinventing La Place, which is what General Growth was planning from the get-go.’’

General Growth bought La Place with several goals, including bringing new tenants to the shopping center, City of Beachwood and Greater Cleveland, and becoming a more supporting neighbor to Beachwood Place, which the company also owns and is currently expanding.

Construction work at La Place is expected to be on-going through spring 2017.

The Container Store’s footprint will cover about 25,000 square feet utilizing all of the space of the former bookstore plus additional second-floor space. The bookstore remodeling is well underway. Whiting-Turner Contracting Company is the contractor on the project. Interior drawings of the store are expected to be submitted in the near future.

The store will have direct access from the parking lot on the south side of the project, as well as access from the enclosed garage and from within the enclosed mall concourse.

Currently, the closest Container Stores are in Columbus, Ohio and in Troy, Michigan.

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