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The Suburbanite
  • What's going on: Acme project delayed

  • Those wishing to shop at Acme Fresh Market on Massillon Road will have to wait a little bit longer.

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  • Those wishing to shop at Acme Fresh Market on Massillon Road will have to wait a little bit longer.
    Acme President Steve Albrecht confirmed that the project has been delayed. Site work on the 16 acres at Massillon and Graybill roads will not be completed sufficiently until around July. Once that is complete, Acme will begin construction. It is expected to take nine months to build, which puts a grand opening date around March 2014.
    “The challenge of a normal planning approval process took more time than anticipated and the weather became a factor impacting the scheduling of site work,” Albrecht said.
    Acme had planned to open its store in fall 2013, but hopes to make the spring 2014 opening date. Final approval is pending from the EPA, county and city on the stormwater quality and retention ponds. This must be completed before any site work can continue.
    “We are pleased Acme and Albrecht is making such a large investment in Green,” said Mayor Dick Norton. “Delays often occur in projects of this magnitude, but progress continues to be made as excitement for the store and entire project continues to grow.”
    Jim Nilsen, president of Albrecht Inc., said as early as spring weather will allow, construction will begin on elements such as access roads, retaining walls and underground utility lines.
    The exact start date for additional retail buildings in the Acme plaza will be determined as tenant spaces are finalized. These buildings will have a much shorter construction timeline once construction begins.
    “Such dates are difficult to fix precisely because there are many variables involved,” Albrecht said, “so we have our fingers crossed and are working very hard to meet our target date and create a world-class Acme Fresh Market for Green.”
    Do you wonder what is going on? Email us and we will find out. suburbanite@thesuburbanite.com