Office Space, Grocery Store, Restaurant Among Potential Ideas for Shoppes at Northway

Residents are invited to hear more at a public meeting with the developer on Dec. 5.

Ross Township  and West View  residents will get their first glimpse at what may be planned for the Shoppes at Northway when Akron-based developer Levey and Company holds a public meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the upper level of the mall, just outside the entrance to Dick's Sporting goods.

, according to Commissioner Peter A. Ferraro.

"It looks very promising on paper, this could be a very good development for the township," Ferraro told his fellow commissioners Monday night. "I'm talking millions of dollars for the township." 

Ferraro said the plans are very preliminary, and far from finalized.

"They don't have any firm contracts yet, what they've discussed has been hypothetical. It's going to be relocating some of the establishments up there, they're talking about professional office space for doctors and lawyers, they're talking about a restaurant, they're talking about another grocery store," he said. "They have some big plans, I would recommend you try to attend the meeting on the 5th."

Ferraro said plans for the former school, now the temporary home of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, have yet to be revealed.

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Ferraro said anyone wanting to attend the Dec. 5 meeting should call the township at 412-931-7055 to give planners an idea of how big an audience to expect.

The Shoppes at Northway went on the market in June after Jefferson-Pilot Investments, acting on behalf of the original mortgage lender, bought back the Shoppes at Northway at an Allegheny County Sheriff's Sale on May 7. 

The Shoppes at Northway are currently home to Dicks's Sporting Goods, PetSmart, Marshalls, Aldi's,  and a number of other, smaller shops. However, it also was home to Borders, which closed in 2011.

The 385,000-square-foot shopping center complex at 8000 McKnight Road, which has been a local landmark since it was built in the 1960s, went on the block  in October 2011. 

The mall had been in receivership since February and is being managed by Compass Advisory Partners LLC

The mall is believed to be the first indoor mall in Pennsylvania and among the first indoor malls to open in the United States. 

What would like the developer to do with the Shoppes at Northway? Tell us in the comments box below.

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Chris Colecchia November 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Do we really need another grocery store on McKnight Road?
McKnightmare November 20, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Ridiculous to think there will be another grocery store on McKnight. Maybe a another Good Cents next to Audi's. I still say raze the entire structure, enter Walmart. If they can do it in Monroeville, they can do it here.
Ferg November 20, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I really miss the Old Navy store. It was great to do quick shopping with no mall traffic. I would like to see Marshalls,Dicks and Petsmart stay.
Rick M November 20, 2012 at 01:49 PM
What about an outlet mall,,,have to go to grove city now.
Lori Geyer November 20, 2012 at 02:03 PM
We need a Walmart not a another grocery store Please.
W November 20, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Why would you want Walmart to come to the already traffic nightmare of Mcknight rd? But not only would it a create a traffic nightmare! Why do you support bringing in a company that brings 80%-90% of their products in from China! Also their employees are treated terribly and expected to work on Thanksgiving! I can't believe someone would actually support a terrible terrible company such as Walmart! The original owner of Walmart never wanted what it turned into! His kids took it from a homegrown store to a store that supports China's economy more with their purchases than their payroll of their employees! If you want cheap crap made in China than by all means go ahead and support it, but I will be one of the many that shot down the original Walmart plan for Mcknight Rd!!!!!!!!!
Carol K November 20, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I would like to see a Peeple's (discount clothing store), a TJ Maxx, and Charming Charlies locate here, plus a great casual restaurant called Cheddar's. All of these places are in Erie, by the way. As Rick M proposed, I rather like the outlet mall concept as well. I almost hate to say it, but the location would be perfect for a Walmart. Plenty of roadway entrances/exits/traffic lights already in place. I often shop at the Walmart in Gibsonia and with that comes spending my money in the adjacent stores, which means I am not spending dollars in my own township.
John Schalcosky November 20, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Walmart at this location would be a bad idea. Northway Mall was the 1st indoor mall in American once it was remolded and opened in 1962. The glass elevator (which still is operational) is the THIRD glass elevator to EVER exist & the 2nd one in America. It would be a great shame if they were to tare it down just to replace it with a Walmart, especially because Walmart ALREADY owns a HUGE building on McKnight Road (the former Sam's Club). I will be there at that meeting to make sure that some of these facts will be preserved. Although it does sound that the new owners are NOT destroying it & will adapt their plans to the current mall structure. John Schalcosky President of the Ross Township Historical Society & West View Historical Society
Mark A. November 20, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Video arcade.
David November 20, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Enough discount grocery stores, mattress stores, goodwill stores and Big Lots on McKnight Road. This is prime retail space and should have prime retail operations. The place is looking like Penn Hills and a start toward McKees Rocks if we don't attract quality to this corridor - and yes, that includes WalMart. Screw this opportunity up and everything of quality will continue to move a couple miles north and you can watch this community wither.
SLR November 20, 2012 at 06:40 PM
WalMart is a terrible company and should stay out of Ross Township. The grocery store could be a Trader Joe's and would be very well received. A nice restaurant would be very welcomed.
Computer Jim November 20, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I dont know where W. has been but the last time I looked every store has 80% two 90% China products and in case you have not noticed WalMart is packed with people shopping every day not just Thanksgiving. What about Target and Sears And many other stores? They two are open on Thanksgiving. Did you forget about them? I dont care if they put a WalMart in or not because I hate shopping like most men do. But I do know one thing If they put it in it will be packed with people shopping. And I say," YOU GO WALMART".
Janice November 20, 2012 at 11:40 PM
hate the idea of Walmart. Outlets would be great, no need for another grocery store. I read that Walmart only donates less than 1% of profit to charities. TJ Maxx, Marshall's would both be great.
Computer Jim November 21, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Hello Janice, did not know that WalMart only donates less than 1% to charities Now you have changed my mine about that store. If this is a true statement then I will never shop in a WalMart. The outlets stores would be good idea I never thought of that. And please dont forget about a couple of good restaurants.
David November 21, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Why should corporations donate ANYTHING to charity? If the stockholders wish to donate their profits let them do so on their own. Not sure why that "exposé" would have any impact on whether or not a WalMart is desired or should be allowed in the Township.
Cheryl B. November 21, 2012 at 01:20 AM
We need a bookstore in North Hills. Borders is gone; Waldenbooks and Doubleday have long been gone from Ross Park Mall. Count how many jewelers there are in Ross. Now, how many bookstores? That's a very sad commentary on where people's priorities are nowadays. Books are great gifts, and there are books available no matter what a person's interests may be.
Cheryl B. November 21, 2012 at 01:24 AM
As for "Made in China" & Walmart: I've purchased more Made In USA products from WalMart than any other discount store like Target or Kmart. But we've got plenty of Dollar stores...try to find anything in them that's not made in China.
Cheryl B. November 21, 2012 at 01:26 AM
And for that reason, I think that the destruction that's already taken place is a terrible shame. Too bad someone doesn't have the money & interest to restore it to it's former glory.
Susan Kremmel November 21, 2012 at 01:29 AM
movie theater (stadium seating), entertainment complex, and restaurants
Carol K November 21, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Walmart and The Walmart Foundation will be donating $2 BILLION from 2012 to the year 2015 to alleviate hunger in the UNITED STATES. I believe that is more than 1% of their profits. Walmart is recognized as being one of the top corporations for charitable giving. All I know is that I will shop at a local North Hills Walmart. Money going back into the township is always a good thing.
Scott Baret November 21, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I have written a few times about my hopes for the Northway property. I am in favor of a Wal-Mart somewhere in Ross but also feel the area desperately needs restaurants, both local eateries and national chains, in order to be competitive with other areas of Pittsburgh and, for that matter, other suburban regions of the United States. The North Hills is lacking Red Robin, On the Border, Smokey Bones, Cracker Barrel, and plenty of chains not currently in the Pittsburgh market. Everyone has to go to Robinson or Cranberry for a better variety than what Ross has to offer. However, there are also few good independent restaurants in Ross and the North Hills in general. We used to have Johnny Garneau's, The Cimarron, Cranberry Hall, Blarney Stone, and plenty of others. Anything along these lines would be welcome, as would some unique dining/nightlife spots. In Charlotte, there is a restaurant, upscale bar, and movie theater in one package known as Mez. This sort of business would thrive in the North Hills, especially without anything similar within striking distance, plus would serve as a way to attract other businesses and bring more cash into Ross, especially from the 21-35 crowd. There is nothing for German cuisine in Ross, nor is there a good Irish pub. A carbon copy of Fitzgerald's Irish Pub (in Charlotte) would flourish, as would a great German restaurant in the mold of Schmidt's (Columbus) or Waldhorn (Charlotte). Let's expand cultural diversity through small business!
Tom Duncan November 21, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Thanks so much for your support of local bookstores, Cheryl--hope to see you here soon! We've been selling quality used books in the North Hills since 1993! Duncan Books 1047 Perry Hwy Pgh, PA 15237
W November 26, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Yes you are right the majority of stores have 80%-90% of goods made in China but I do not shop at those stores and support local businesses which carry made in USA products!
McKnightmare November 28, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Next time you go into Sears and buy a Craftsman tool, take note: Made in China or Made in Taiwan. You have to buy the "premium series" to get the made in USA stamp. Yes, disappointing I know. So don't give me the China argument. Walmart has great deal, great buys, and as I said before, take a ride to the Sears in Monroeville, looking at the giant 'store closing' sign. Walmart plans on making its home there very shortly. Business 22 is busier than little ole McKnight, so I think we can handle it.
McKnightmare November 28, 2012 at 03:09 PM
See, now we're progress thinking. Get it in there before McCandless Crossings puts in another grocery store, which is planned.
McKnightmare November 28, 2012 at 03:11 PM
You preservationists need to calm it down. You'd rather have a building sit empty and go to pot, instead of razing it, erecting a Walmart that would bring jobs and money to the area. It's only a 50 year old structure, hardly worth being historical no matter what angle you look at it. Take a picture, tear it down, move on.
deborah kresen November 29, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Forget Walmart! This would only create more of a traffic nightmare, we already deal with! We need to bring quality back to this area! Quality shopping has moved north to cranberry!! We need to consider attracting good quality business to this area. There are enough dollar stores around, we don't want to end up like Eastland Shopping Center! Why not use the historical aspect of the mall as a draw? The significance of it having been the first mall in the USA , demonstrates uniqueness and could draw the out of town shopper, and could be used as an advertising strategy. We want to improve the area, to attract people to want to shop in the North Hills which would provide jobs, revenue, and increase real estate values. In 1978, when I first moved to the North Hills, Johnny Garneau's restaurant overlooked McKnight road and Horne's Department Store, was in the mall. It was an asset to have this quality merchant and independent restaurant close at hand. Dick's has remained a quality store and hope it stays.Let's look to improve the area not cheapen it with Walmart who is keeping China going strong!
David December 03, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Wow! People talking about "what used to be" in a development story! I assume that there is a REASON that these restaurants are no longer here. If someone is considering investing in your community, why would they be considring something that has already been a proven failure here? An old mall as a tourest attraction? Come on, let's think about the future here! There is certainly value in some of Mr. Baret's suggestions to help draw a younger crowd (FYI, I am in my mid-50's, so that is not self serving). However, McKnight Road is a RETAIL corridor and we badly need some updated retail on the main road to complement the retail at Ross Park Mall. We really do not need more mattress stores, Dollar Stores, Goodwill stores, Big-Lots and other low end retail on this previously high-end retail corridor. Those are all great stores to have, but much better suited for the Babcock Blvd. corridor or Rt. 19. Wal-Mart would be a great McKnight Road addition, but they have their own land already purchased and just need the old line's on the Commission to get out of the way. A nice higher end mixed use development at Northway would be great with some good retail supplemented with some restaurants, entertainment, a GOOD hotel and even a nice office complex would make a great anchor for this end of the Ross Township portion of McKnight Road and might signal at least a slowing down of everything of value moving a couple miles north of us.
John December 03, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I'm all for keeping the mall alive, but I want to see what the plans are. I live in the adjacent neighborhood and we already have too many cars using us for a shortcut.
doglover1 January 24, 2013 at 12:41 PM
I would love to see a Longhorn restaurant and for Aldi's to stay there.


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