Fran Mentch, the bloodied and bruised volunteer who tried to prevent big-box retail development of the former Oakwood Golf Course, gets to say “I told you so.”
For more than a year, there has been a persistent rumor that one of the first tenants in the new development would be WalMart – meaning that it will leave Severance in Cleveland Heights. I heard Mentch cite this tidbit often.
Turns out she was right.
I have not been told officially by anyone that WalMart is leaving Severance and moving to the Oakwood Commons development.
I haven’t called the developer or WalMart to confirm this.
But you can’t deny a brochure exists that clearly shows WalMart as an anchor of the new development.
The brochure was put online online at the website of Goodman Real Estate Services, the real estate company that is working to fill space at Oakwood Commons. A friend (not Fran, by the way) saw it, downloaded it and sent it to me. When she went back to the site it had been pulled down.
But here it is for you to see.
The brochure itself doesn’t technically say that WalMart has signed a contract to occupy Oakwood Commons. But it does show where a WalMart store is located on the development’s site plan.
If you want your own copy of the brochure? Here it is: Oakwood_Commons_Full_Brochure