Aldi, Starbucks among 5 new businesses coming to former West Park Kmart site

Developers have announced the names of five national retailers and restaurants coming to the intersection of West 150th Street and Lorain Avenue in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood.


As part of their efforts to revitalize the intersection of West 150th Street and Lorain Avenue in West Park, NYC-based property manager TLM Realty announced the names of five new businesses that will be joining the Popeyes that stands at the corner as early as next year.

A drive-thru Starbucks will be constructed as a new building closest to the intersection, with a Big Lots, Burlington Coat Factory and Ross Dress for Less set to fill the large building behind it, which will be split into three spaces to accommodate the new tenants. That structure, 14901 Lorain Ave., was the former site of a Kmart store that anchored the plaza until it closed in 2017.

Farther down on Lorain, another planned construction will add an Aldi grocery store to the plaza at the current site of Rubin’s Family Restaurant, which will move across the street when crews demolish the eatery to make way.

Another brand new, 8,500-square-foot building will go up behind the Aldi, but TLM has yet to find commercial retailers to take over the space and are working with CBRE Group to find local businesses who want to move in. According to West Park Kamm’s Neighborhood Development, that building is available for lease to between three and five Cleveland-area tenants.

“It works well for small retail business, or either a fast casual or smaller restaurant,” explained Cleveland City Councilman Charles Slife, who has been working with TLM on the plaza as part of Ward 17, which he represents. “The goal behind using a local broker is to try to tap into the more local Cleveland market and find something that might be more local, regional, not necessarily a national chain.”

The plans are mostly in line with what TLM spokesperson Adam Rosen said to expect back in June, with Aldi playing the role of the grocer and Starbucks the part of the drive-thru coffee shop. Rosen previously described the site to The Land as an eyesore in its current state, adding that it could serve as a catalyst for future development in the neighborhood. 

The neighborhood development corporations website states that the recently announced businesses hope to open in late fall of 2022 in the plaza, which Rosen previously said would be dubbed the “West Park Shopping Center.”

“My perspective is that this is a high traffic corridor, a high transit corridor,” Slife added. “Right now if you live in the neighborhood, and especially if you use transit, buying a pair of pants or getting a pair of socks or some of those daily needs area little tough to come by.”

“So what I’m excited by are these very high quality but also very useful tenants that will prevent people from having to leave the neighborhood to go to Westgate [Shopping Center] or Steelyard [Commons] or Great Northern [Mall] where these sorts of shopping options are available.”

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