All Things Business, Ontario

Bye-Bye, Cheddar’s? Gas Station Reportedly Replacing Eatery

3 Nov , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

There was likely surprise in many corners when the Mansfield News Journal posted a story yesterday about the potential loss of Ontario’s Cheddar’s Restaurant.

One place where there was apparently a great deal of surprise was at 979 N. Lexington-Springmill Rd., the address for the currently-operating restaurant.

According to the News Journal post, which can be read here, a conditional approval is being sought from the City of Ontario Planning Commission for a “GetGo” gas station on that spot. The submitted site plan, a copy of which is in the story, shows the facility on the current spot of Cheddar’s.

The restaurant opened in late 1994 in front of what was then Super Kmart.

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All Things Business, Ontario

New DIY Boutique Opens Its Doors In Ontario

3 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Over ten years ago, a new retailer evolved from a shop on Etsy to become a branded e-commerce platform and blog site. 

Today, that Pineville North Carolina-based chain has multiple locations across the country. First known as Anders Ruff Custom Designs, many know it today as AR Workshops.

North Central Ohio became the newest location when the DIY boutique workshop and retail operation opened its doors at 805 N. Lexington=Springmill Road.

AR Workshop Ontario offers workshops classes, do-it-yourself kits, workshop classes, events and parties, youth camps, and unique crafty products.

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All Things Business, Ontario

Old Navy, Shoe Dept. Encore Also Making Moves In Ontario, WMFD Reports

19 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s not every week that we can share news of three local retail openings or relocations, but today is an exception.

Yesterday, we shared news of the impending opening of Ross Dress for Less in the former Staples location at 852 Lexington-Springmill Road. Today, WMFD reported that two additional retailers will be arriving at two additional Ontario locations.

WMFD shared information from Ontario Mayor Randy Hutchinson that Old Navy will be moving from its current location to the soon to be vacated Bed, Bath & Beyond space, while Shoe Dept. Encore will join Ross Dress for Less in Springfield Square.

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All Things Business

Ontario Retailer To Close

7 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It has been the subject of speculative comments on Facebook over the last few weeks.

This week, it became official. Many sources are reporting that the Ontario location of national retailer Bed, Bath & Beyond will be shutting its doors before the end of February.

Going out of business sales have already begun at the 2259 Walker Lake Road store.

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All About Richland

Haunted Hallow Trail Sure to Scare

29 Oct , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The City of Ontario Recreation Department is inviting one and all to its Third Annual Haunted Hollow Trail.

The fun takes place this Saturday, October 30 in two installments. First, there will be a Family Friendly Trail from 5 PM to 6:30 PM, which can be enjoyed by guests of all ages. From 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, older kids and adults can enjoy (or not!) the Scary Trail.

In the first, kids can walk through and see the scenes, get candy, etc.. The later version will have more activity, scaring and screaming. And who knows — you may see ghouls, ghosts, and goblins.

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Ontario, Sports

The Woodsman Disc Golf Course Ups Its Game

15 May , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Friday, officials were on hand for a ribbon cutting at The Woodsman Disc Golf Court in Ontario’s Marshall Park.

Over the last several weeks, concrete pads, sponsored signs, landscaping, and more have been added to the part, already considered one of the best in the state.

The course was launched in 2016 and is known for its challenging nature as it sits in a heavily wooded area. One hole is actually fifteen feet high and is positioned between two trees. More…

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All Things Business

Shutterfly Lifetouch To Eliminate 100 Positions

14 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

As we recently reported, employees of Lifetouch in Ontario were informed on December 3 that the local operation was reducing staff.

In a same day letter to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Shutterfly Lifetouch shared more specifics of that reduction.

The letter reads in part:

“We anticipate a total of 100 positions will be affected by this workforce reduction, and this workforce reduction at the Ontario Facility and the associated employment losses are expected to be permanent. More…

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All Things Business

Retail Apocalypse, COVID, Economy Combine To Change Ontario Retail, Restaurants

19 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Over the last twelve months, a number of divergent factors have combined to change the face of shopping in the city of Ontario, north central Ohio’s largest retail center.

In some cases, local stores and restaurants have fallen victim to chain-wide bankruptcies and closures; in others, there are signs of renewal, with some new faces joining the retail mix.

The so-called “retail apocalypse,” the closing of retailers facing dwindling sales in the face of the growth of ecommerce, has now been joined by the fact that many retailers were considered “nonessential” and therefore shuttered for weeks at the beginning of Ohio’s COVID-19 response. More…

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All Things Business, Ontario

Five Weeks To Five Guys

29 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

OK, it may be a wee bit more than that. What’s clear, however, is that the long anticipated arrival of Five Guys Burgers and Fries to north central Ohio is right around the corner. Here’s photo proof!

The Five Guys chain launched in 1986 in Arlington County, Virginia, and had 1,500 locations with another 1,500 planned as of 2016. As shared on the corporate website, three facts are true about each of those restaurants — only fresh ground beef is used; only peanut oil is used; and coolers, not freezers, are used. More…

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All Things Business, Ontario

Five Guys Is Actually Coming, Two News Sources Report

11 Oct , 2019  

The under construction Lexington Pointe shopping center at 994 Lexington-Springmill Road in Ontario will in fact house a Five Guys Burgers and Fries, two local news outlets reported Thrus

As we shared back in August of last year, the popular burger chain had expressed an interest in locating in the building being constructed on the former Ocean Buffet property. At that time, the likely retail mix also included the restaurant chain Panda Express. More…

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