Wednesday, December 08, 1999

As development heats up in Woodlawn, fast food might, too

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WOODLAWN — Fast food may be headed for the village, bringing more options to hungry folks here, as well as in Wyoming and Glendale.

        McDonald's plans to open a restaurant on Springfield Pike (Ohio 4) as part of the Kroger development under construction. And developers of a nearby apartment project say they're in early talks with Burger King.

        The new restaurants could mark the first time in more than a year that Woodlawn has offered a selection of fast food. A Burger King on Springfield Pike closed 11/2 years ago, leaving a Buffalo Wings and Rings and a Dairy Queen walk-up to serve fast-food lovers along the village's main thoroughfare.

        Now, development is heating up on the north end of Springfield Pike, making the market ripe for fast-food traffic.

        McDonald's Corp. received approval last week from Woodlawn's Planning Commission to build a 3,500-square-foot restaurant on an outlot of the new Kroger grocery in the Glenwood Crossing center. Village Council is expected to consider the measure at its Dec. 14 meeting.

        “We've always targeted (Woodlawn) as a gap that needed to be filled in the market,” said Dennis Greco, a real estate representative for McDonald's. “When there is development like this, we con sider it seriously.”

        Construction on the new restaurant could begin in January or February, project manager Gus Mecera said. Other businesses proposed for the Kroger project, handled by Duke-Weeks Realty Corp., include a Hollywood Video and a General Nutrition Center.

        The new development may spark a burger war in Woodlawn.

        Burger King has expressed interest in building nearby as part of an apartment project under construction by Indianapolis-based Buckingham Cos. Nothing has been finalized, said real estate consultant Daniel Wolfe. But the Burger King is proposed to accompany a strip center and a possible office complex near the apartments.

        “When (a Kroger) goes up, suddenly, you have a retail-generating force in the community,” Mr. Wolfe said. “The 40-plus-thousand people that may come to shop there weekly bring with them stomachs that need to be fed.”

        The new restaurants would serve not just Woodlawn, but also Wyoming and Glendale. The neighboring communities also offer little fast food along their stretches of Springfield Pike.

        McDonald's and Burger King fill a need, said Woodlawn Village Manager Carole Cornelison.

        “Not everybody likes those two stores, but there are a great number of people, especially people with children, who do,” she said.


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