Despite plans, 2 retailers bail on West Side | The Columbus Dispatch

A Kohl's Department Store sits across from Penn National Gaming's Hollywood Casino site, but not for long. Full Story
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FItz

Columbus, OH

#1 Jul 20, 2011
More Thrift stores coming to west side soon.
Hayduke

United States

#2 Jul 20, 2011
These are the same promises made years ago when City Center was suppose to revitalize the downtown
The same promises that a Hockey team would revitalize the arena district
A Scoccer team would attract businesses to the Faitground area
Hayduke

United States

#3 Jul 20, 2011
Remember... Even during it's haydays the City Center did absolutely nothing for the rest of the downtown
Tin Foil Hat

Mansfield, OH

#4 Jul 20, 2011
I'm laughing at the thought that Hobby Lobby and Kohl's are going to be missing out on 10,000 people a day coming into the area. I've been to "destination" casinos such as at Niagara Falls and sorry, the west side of Columbus is not a "destination."

When we go to casinos, yes we do spend money other than at the casino. But, I'm not going shopping for craft supplies or clothes. We're visiting locally owned restaurants, wineries and other attractions.
Fourteen Trillion

Columbus, OH

#5 Jul 20, 2011
Everything about the casino coming to Columbus has been a joke. Penn National is the only ones who are going to benefit.

Casino supporters have been duped.

The majority of voters in Franklin and it's surrounding counties voted against allowing Casinos in Ohio.

The city has given Penn National a hard time.

People didn't want it downtown and were able to get it moved.

Now, major Westside retailers are getting the heck out.

Why all the resistance???? Because it is a bad idea that won't benefit anyone but Penn National.

Wake up people!
He meant

Columbus, OH

#6 Jul 20, 2011
"Our decision to move was that we wanted to be in a more regional shopping area to better serve our customers," spokesman Vince Parker wrote in an email.

Translation:

"You think we're gonna run our store amid the hookers, drug dealers and gangs that this casino will attract? Ahahahahahahahaha! So long, suckers!"
Tourism epicenter

Columbus, OH

#7 Jul 20, 2011
Tin Foil Hat wrote:
I'm laughing at the thought that Hobby Lobby and Kohl's are going to be missing out on 10,000 people a day coming into the area. I've been to "destination" casinos such as at Niagara Falls and sorry, the west side of Columbus is not a "destination."
When we go to casinos, yes we do spend money other than at the casino. But, I'm not going shopping for craft supplies or clothes. We're visiting locally owned restaurants, wineries and other attractions.
Well, then you'll like the West Side Casino area, with its taco trucks and shabby liquor stores...
West is the best

Columbus, OH

#8 Jul 20, 2011
FItz wrote:
More Thrift stores coming to west side soon.
Let's not forget the dollar stores, off-brand nail salons and Chinese buffets.
hog2561

Bowling Green, OH

#9 Jul 20, 2011
Grovetucky is a growing city. hope they can keep up with all the folks coming to town. that stringtown road traffic is terrible at times.
Poverty

Columbus, OH

#10 Jul 20, 2011
These stores realize that the casino is a bad neighbor and with it will bring prostitutes, drugs, crime, etc. There goes the last part of the West side.
GiGi

Chillicothe, OH

#11 Jul 20, 2011
This is old news....These two businesses have been planning on moving to Grove City for a long time now.

Since: Mar 11

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#12 Jul 20, 2011
The real story is that these retailers have gone on to so called greener pastures. If some one wants to buy clothing, buy books, or any of the thousand and one things people buy we now have to go to tuttle.

There are many hard working families, that have good incomes that live on the west side. But because of the short sightedness of the retailers or as in case if the meijers can't keep their employees from robbing them blind we now ihave to go to either walmart or drive miles out of our neighborhood to buy the thingus we need and want!

Please note all of these decisions we made before the casino was even considered to be resited to the west side! Maybe we to show these two retailers what we think of them by not shopping in their stores. Hell when they have their going out of business sale let's not participate! Make them have to spend more money to leave the sight than to stay!
ople have tons of throw away cash!
Antagonist

Newark, OH

#13 Jul 20, 2011
If the retailers say the move is unrelated to the casino, then why try to relate them in a news story?
Oh, I get it.
Sensationalism.
aEnzyte Bob XPd Cust

Kansas City, MO

#14 Jul 20, 2011
The Eastland Kohl's is next.
InDecline

Columbus, OH

#15 Jul 20, 2011
How long before the Casino has to have a cover charge to keep the drug dealers, gangster wannabes, hookers, bums and so on out? There's no way I'd even go gamble in that area. Its gambling just being in that area after dark. While there are good families in the area, the perception is that the whole area is a crime haven. Bad perception is all you need to keep customers away.

The stores are pulling out because the market for their goods is no longer there. A casino has nothing to do with discount shopping and craft supplies.
Frequent shopper

Columbus, OH

#16 Jul 20, 2011
No mention of Westland Mall. What is the status of plans to redevelop it?
A resident of many years

Westerville, OH

#17 Jul 20, 2011
No one will have any money left for putchases after the trip to th casino.
A resident of many years

Westerville, OH

#18 Jul 20, 2011
Frequent shopper wrote:
No mention of Westland Mall. What is the status of plans to redevelop it?
Probably none. I remember when the west side was a nice place to live. Had a ball out there in the 70's. There is no reason for me to visit Columbus anymore.
Joel

Columbus, OH

#19 Jul 20, 2011
You all sound nuts. Who cares, Khols come and go, areas experience boom and bust, stop crying and hoping for failure.
Duh

New York, NY

#20 Jul 20, 2011
Family oriented businesses are not going to be attracted to the area where the Casino is . That is why Kohl's and Hobby Lobby are still leaving. The only businesses that will thrive next to a casino is low cost food, porn, alcohol, cheap motels, etc. Most people leave a casino poorer than when they started but someone still expects they will drop a lot of coin in surrounding areas? Really?

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