Retailer plans new $7M Harrison Twp. store

A growing retailer that sells supplies to restaurant owners is investing $7 million to open a Harrison Twp. store.

Restaurant Depot already has stores in most major cities in the state — Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Akron — and is now gearing up to open its fifth Ohio store in the Dayton area.

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“It’s a logical next move. It’s great city with a lot of restaurants and businesses,” said John Blandford, regional sales representative with Restaurant Depot.

He said Restaurant Depot has more than 120 stores and has had success so far in Ohio.

The New York-based chain is having a groundbreaking ceremony with the township 9:30 a.m. Wednesday for the future 3700 Keats Drive store.

The store should bring 40 new jobs to the area, according to Cathi Spaugy, development director at Harrison Twp.

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“It means a great deal for Harrison Twp. in that we have not in the past seen a lot of new construction,” Spaugy said.

She said. the new commercial building in the traffic circle area will also have highway visibility give an aesthetic boost at gateway into the township.

Blandford said the Restaurant Depot sells food and equipment to not just restaurants but also to other businesses that need food service supplies like non-profits and caters.

“We cater to everyone who is looking to improve their bottom line,” he said.

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The building that had been on site by the Wagner Ford Road exit of Interstate 75, formerly home to Merchant’s Market, has been torn down to make way for the new development.

The new warehouse will be about 50,000 square feet when constructed and is tentatively on schedule to open by the end of the year.

Montgomery County records show the property sold for $550,000 to an LLC affiliated with Restaurant Depot in a sale recorded Jan. 29. Todd Cochran, with Colliers International, and Craig Nardi, with Gelcor, jointly represented Restaurant Depot in the purchase.

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