A Toledo man is planning on opening a trading center in the former Value City Furniture Store at the Great Eastern Shopping Center.
Norm Eisen, of Toledo, will call the center Stormin Normin, which will feature vendors who will sell their goods, according to Northwood Administrator Pat Bacon.
The Plan Commission was cautions about the proposal, she said, out of concerns it would be a flea market.
“We already had a request like that, and it was turned down,” said Bacon. “We don’t want anything tacky or fly by night, with someone setting up card tables to sell their wares. But this is supposed to be a higher caliber shop.”
Eisen went to the board of zoning appeals to get approval for signage, said Bacon.
The Plan Commission has given approval, but with conditions, according to Kimberly Grames, the city’s planning, zoning and economic development coordinator.
“The Plan Commission approved a conditional use permit for one year,” said Grames. Among the conditions: Eisen will have to report to the Plan Commission quarterly “to let them know how things are going,” said Grames.
Eisen is calling the business “a trade center,” said Grames.
“Basically, he’s going to have different vendors. It’s the exact same principle as a flea market. He’s leery of calling it that, though, because of the bad vibes that go along with flea markets. But he is saying it’s going to be a lot nicer. He wants to have a deli and things like that. So it’s not just going to be vendors.”
Eisen also plans to provide entertainment at the former Value City Department Store in the Great Eastern Shopping Center, said Grames.
“So he’s actually going to use both stores,” she said.
Eisen said he’s has business experience, said Grames.
“But I think this is the first time he’s been involved with a trade center,” she said.
The city’s architectural review committee has yet to review Eisen’s signage, as well as his plans to have other venues outside the building.
“He wants to have garage sale type things outside, and have music events and Put-Put,” said Grames. “The committee has to review that before he can actually put up any signs or do anything outside. I believe he’s starting to move into the building now.”
Meanwhile, a business in Toledo with 30 employees has moved into Northwood, said Grames.
Northwest Ohio Beverage moved into the former Treu House of Munch facility on Wales Road, said Grames.
“I just saw their sign up two weeks ago, so I think they’re in the process of moving in now,” she said.
“It’s a beautiful building,” said Bacon. “It had the coolers and everything set up for exactly what they need.”
Treu House of Munch left the building to move into their new facility on Arbor Drive.