Big Lots to fill former Pickerington ...

Big Lots to fill former Pickerington Big Bear site

There are 93 comments on the ThisWeek Community Newspapers story from Apr 6, 2011, titled Big Lots to fill former Pickerington Big Bear site. In it, ThisWeek Community Newspapers reports that:

A nearly 56,000-square-foot site left vacant since the demise of Big Bear in 2004 soon will have a new tenant.

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all we need now

Pickerington, OH

#1 Apr 8, 2011
all we need now in that strip mall is a dollar general, a check cashing service, a skills game place, and a gentlemen's club. Welcome to the ghetto folks!
Robert

Delaware, OH

#2 Apr 8, 2011
Scary. First week on the job and Vance is moving fast. Reporter needs a new graphic person he has the big bear site on the wrong side of the street.
JoeUser

Columbus, OH

#3 Apr 8, 2011
Robert wrote:
Reporter needs a new graphic person he has the big bear site on the wrong side of the street.
Ha! You're right. The map is totally wrong.
Billy on the Move

Columbus, OH

#4 Apr 8, 2011
Big Billy is on the move alright. No matter who he has to run over to get there. For all we need now....it doesn't matter what you want, it is who will pay the money to put their business in Pickerington, right? It could just sit and continue to be empty, right? Or is your nose stuck so far up in the air Gavin or Jeff that you are drowning in your own snot!

Get over yourselves and move on. Big Billy is on the move and he is doing your bidding, right? Well, he really couldn't here as the reporter noted it was a lease signed, not the city's decision. So, now what? You going to tell your new "bidder" he needs to readjust who we "let in to the city" or his job will be gone?
Another Picktown Proud

Columbus, OH

#5 Apr 8, 2011
all we need now wrote:
all we need now in that strip mall is a dollar general, a check cashing service, a skills game place, and a gentlemen's club. Welcome to the ghetto folks!
You got that dead on. I'd rather see this space remain vacant than put something there that will bring in the low rent crowd. What the heck is our city manager thinking. Hopefully enough people complain about this that it will be re-thought. TERRIBLE DECISION!!!!!!!
What a STUPID move

Columbus, OH

#6 Apr 8, 2011
Way to bring the low life's into our city, Mr. City Manager and Pickerington City Council!! It's not about just filling the space, it should be about filling the space with QUALITY tenants. Ditch this idea before it brings the city down. Which WILL happen.
Duh Winning

Columbus, OH

#7 Apr 8, 2011
New Flash Picktown is a low rent crowd. This is what Crotty got fired over. What a shame.
Schools

Columbus, OH

#8 Apr 8, 2011
The people complaining on here are probably the same people who voted against the school levy!! Move if you don't like it! WE NEED TO PAY THE BILLS PEOPLE AND COMMERCIAL WILL HELP.
Another Picktown Proud

Columbus, OH

#9 Apr 8, 2011
I voted for, and will vote again FOR a school levy. Quality schools improve the community quality.

This store will do NOTHING for our community, except bring into the area more people to shoplift at Kohls and all the other higher quality locations in the area. Ever been to a Big Lots? Look at the crowd it attracts.

Bad Decision

Columbus, OH

#11 Apr 8, 2011
Ask the Pickerington Police Department officers what they think about a Big Lots moving into our community. Shoplifting arrests in the area are guaranteed to go up at all the businesses nearby. This is a terrible thing for our city.
Sally Shopper

Columbus, OH

#12 Apr 8, 2011
What a bunch of snobs! Pickerington is not all that. It is a nice community, but come on. Big Lots is a great store and doesn't attract shoplifters. Some of the newer stores are clean, well lit and offer great value for all lifestyles. Quit your hatin'.
Concerned

Canal Winchester, OH

#13 Apr 8, 2011
Snobs? I do not see it that way. Looks like allot of concerned residents looking at the long term affects that putting a store like this in our town will be. Read the weekly police blogs now. We already have multiple out of town residents being busted for shoplifting at the local Kohls store every single week. Stores like Big Lots, by the nature of what they do (bringing in overstocks, etc. and selling at low prices) attract lower income people to them. This store will attract all the section8 and low income residents of Reynoldsburg and Whitehall, as well as all the section8 residents up the road at the corner of Refugee and Gender. That is not the kind of store we as responsible residents of this community want in our area. The crime that comes with bringing a store like this to the area far outways any good it may do for some of the current residents of Pickerington.

Pickerington residents, write and e-mail our City Council members, City Manager and Mayor letting them know you do not want this store here. Contact the store complex management company CBRE and let them know how you feel. This is not the kind of commercial tax base we need in this community. Our city officials need to know we as residents want to make sure they are adding quality commercial to our area like the new soccer complex and medical facility. Not sub standard commercial like Big Lots.
reality check

Lewis Center, OH

#14 Apr 8, 2011
Concerned wrote:
Snobs? I do not see it that way. Looks like allot of concerned residents looking at the long term affects that putting a store like this in our town will be. Read the weekly police blogs now. We already have multiple out of town residents being busted for shoplifting at the local Kohls store every single week. Stores like Big Lots, by the nature of what they do (bringing in overstocks, etc. and selling at low prices) attract lower income people to them. This store will attract all the section8 and low income residents of Reynoldsburg and Whitehall, as well as all the section8 residents up the road at the corner of Refugee and Gender. That is not the kind of store we as responsible residents of this community want in our area. The crime that comes with bringing a store like this to the area far outways any good it may do for some of the current residents of Pickerington.
Pickerington residents, write and e-mail our City Council members, City Manager and Mayor letting them know you do not want this store here. Contact the store complex management company CBRE and let them know how you feel. This is not the kind of commercial tax base we need in this community. Our city officials need to know we as residents want to make sure they are adding quality commercial to our area like the new soccer complex and medical facility. Not sub standard commercial like Big Lots.
Hate to inform you, but Pickerington has been going downhill for years. Look at the number of empty houses bought up by lower income people, and the number of still empty houses. Look at the businesses Pickerington has attracted, numerous gas stations, banks, pizza places, gyms...the only quality store is Kohls. Reynoldsburg and Canal Winchester are fast and far surpassing Pickerington. Might want to start living in reality and ditch your elitist Pickerington attitude, doesn't fit in here anymore. Most of Pickerington is full of people living paycheck to paycheck, in severe credit card debt all to put on some elitist materialistic show. Check the census and see where all the "bad" areas are moving to...
Robert

Delaware, OH

#15 Apr 8, 2011
Vance says the Big Lots stores have not talked with staff. What staff? Didnít we just read he either fired or laid them all off? He was going to be the development director. Great move now companies move in and no one down at city hall knows about it. Just because it is zoned C-3 doesnít mean they are not required to talk with anyone. It seems like they are getting off to a very bad start. I believe the last manager was fired because he would not do code enforcement. Still no code enforcement officer and no one at city hall knows what is going on. The council has lost control but they are saving money. Great job boys and girls I need to write your names down so I do not vote for you all again.
Robert for Mayor

United States

#16 Apr 8, 2011
Robert wrote:
Vance says the Big Lots stores have not talked with staff. What staff? Didnít we just read he either fired or laid them all off? He was going to be the development director. Great move now companies move in and no one down at city hall knows about it. Just because it is zoned C-3 doesnít mean they are not required to talk with anyone. It seems like they are getting off to a very bad start. I believe the last manager was fired because he would not do code enforcement. Still no code enforcement officer and no one at city hall knows what is going on. The council has lost control but they are saving money. Great job boys and girls I need to write your names down so I do not vote for you all again.
Looking forward to seeing your name on the ballot in November Robert. I'm sure you wouldn't just bitch on an anonymous blog without be willing to put all your great ideas down and solve the city's woes when you're mayor!
Newsflash

United States

#17 Apr 8, 2011
Schools wrote:
The people complaining on here are probably the same people who voted against the school levy!! Move if you don't like it! WE NEED TO PAY THE BILLS PEOPLE AND COMMERCIAL WILL HELP.
Newsflash. This property is already commercial and it's the value of the building that brings in property taxes. Junk Lots filling this empty space will bring in ZERO additional property tax dollars for the schools.

All this will do is decrease the ability of the already thin police dept to respond to incidents elsewhere in the city.
Another Picktown Proud

Canal Winchester, OH

#18 Apr 8, 2011
Whatever side of this you are on with what you think of Pickerington currently, its good to see some thinking long term. While Pickerington, like almost every other city in America right now, has its share of vacant homes and people living paycheck to paycheck, it will not always be that way. When the economy recovers, and it will, there are things that we can control now that will help our property values when that happens. Solid schools, good public safety and public services, and a commercial base that is attractive are all things that home buyers will be looking at when deciding to buy.

Mentioned above are the new soccer complex and the coming medical facility. Now THOSE are business types that attract people that are willing to contribute their share when the police and/or fire departments need some updating either structurally or technologically, when one of our parks needs some renovating or our streets and curbing need gone over, when our school district needs structural or technological upgrading to maintain a learning edge for our community's students, or other things that are necessary to maintain a community's quality.

I am of the opinion that Big Lots is not a commercial entity that long term will be a positive addition to our community.
Canal is the place to be

Canal Winchester, OH

#20 Apr 8, 2011
You reap what you sow, Mitch. Keep up the GREAT work!
Robert

Delaware, OH

#21 Apr 9, 2011
If I was a full time resident and if I thought being Mayor could resolve the current problems at the Pickerington City government then I might consider that. However the Mayor has no vote on anything and the policy set for the city is by council actions. They control the money and they control the actions of the city manager because they are the only ones that can fire the manager. You can not lay off all of the staff and then expect to attract quality businesses into the city. You can crow all you want about living within your means but when other cities are attracting jobs like Columbus, New Albany and Dublin with huge dollar incentives then Pickerington is out of its league in Central Ohio. They need to move the city further out into the sticks to be able to complete. However we are very close to the decay of Brice/Tussing road and it is moving our way. Most on council are oblivious to that fact. It will show up at their doorstep one day and they will wonder why. Meanwhile I will point out the errors as I see them.
rdrfan21

Canal Winchester, OH

#25 Apr 9, 2011
What the hell is the big deal. U do not have to shop there.

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