|Posted on February 20, 2015 at 2:15 PM|
Materials supplier Building 9 to relocate from Akron to Sharon Township this summer
By Betty Lin-Fisher Beacon Journal business writer
Published: February 20, 2015 - 06:07 PM
Building 9 is rebuilding its relocation plans.
The popular discount building materials supplier in downtown Akron had announced that it would be moving to Copley Township in the spring, but that deal fell through.
Instead, the owners of Building 9 are constructing a 42,000-square-foot warehouse/store on vacant land in Sharon Township. The 6½-acre lot is across the street and slightly to the west of Pinnacle Sports on state Route 18.
The location, 546 Medina Road , is about halfway between Interstate 71 and 77, making it good access for Building 9 customers in Akron and Cleveland, Building 9 President Brennan Dunn said.
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The supplier didn’t want to move from its location of 31 years at 945 S. Main St., just off an Interstate 77 interchange. However, it is among 30 other properties — mostly commercial — slated to be demolished as the Ohio Department of Transportation builds a new $96 million highway interchange at South Broadway and South Main.
In the fall, Dunn and his partner, Shane Haumesser, announced they would be buying the former 84 Lumber yard off state Route 21 at the Copley Road (state Route 162) exit. Akron businessman Paul Thomarios owns that location and has been looking to sell it.
On Friday, Thomarios acknowledged that a covenant on the property prevented Building 9 from buying it. He hopes to resolve that issue for future buyers and understood that Building 9 needed to find another location. Dunn still wanted to relocate to the west of Akron, knowing that’s where a majority of his customers are coming from.
“We’re sorry we’re not moving to Copley, but we’re really looking forward to moving to Sharon Center, and they’ve been very cooperative,” Dunn said. “It’ll be really great for our Cleveland suburban customers and still great for Akron customers.”
He declined to disclose any financial details. He said there are 12 employees and hopes to add more at the new location.
Dunn hopes to close on the new property in the next few weeks and begin construction almost immediately. He’s working on logistics of the move from downtown with the state.
Until then, Dunn said he’s struggling to get the word out that Building 9 is not closing.
“We are not going out of business. We are moving to a more customer-friendly facility. It’s definitely going to be warmer than this,” Dunn joked as he and other employees stood around bundled up in hats and gloves in their cold downtown warehouse Friday.
“I think it’s really going to help our business,” he said of the move.
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