Officials working to fill vacancy when Bed, Bath & Beyond leaves Stow

Krista S. Kano
Akron Beacon Journal
Customers walk back to their cars after taking advantage of the store closing sale at Bed Bath & Beyond in Stow. City leaders said they will work with owners of the Stow Community Shopping Center to quickly fill the space.

The city of Stow will work with owners of the Stow Community Shopping Center to quickly fill the space after Bed, Bath & Beyond closes next month, city leaders say. 

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The New Jersey-based home good retailer has announced that the 29,696-square-foot Stow location on state Route 59 (Kent Road) would be one of 40 stores to close nationwide by the end of February. Medina, Cincinnati and Warrensville Heights stores also will close. 

"We're going to make this a priority," Stow Mayor John Pribonic said. "We'll figure this out and we'll keep Stow's economic status going strong." 

Bed, Bath & Beyond has been at Stow Community Center, owned by Site Centers of Beachwood, since 2000. Site Centers did not respond to a request for comment.

The city was not made aware of the closure before the recent announcement, Pribonic and director of planning and development Rob Kurtz said. 

"That was some bad news. Any time we lose a major retailer, it's not good. But that developer is always very forward thinking and always hits the pavement right away," Pribonic said. "We're looking to fill that spot as quick as we can, as I'm sure many cities around the country are trying to fill Bed Bath & Beyond spots." 

Kurtz added that Site Centers, as the developer, has the primary responsibility for marketing, and that they have historically kept the plaza occupied with very low vacancies over the years. 

"We'll be assisting in any way we can," Kurtz said. 

The Stow location already has started its liquidation sale.

The 25,042-square-foot Medina location is located off of state Route 42 in the Grand Shops owned by Anchor Cleveland, who did not respond to a request for comment. According to their website, the space will be available in March.

Local store managers directed all questions to corporate, who did not respond to a request for comment. 

Reporter Krista S. Kano can be reached at 330-541-9416, kkano@thebeaconjournal.com or on Twitter @KristaKanoABJ.