HOWLAND, Ohio (WYTV) – “Now Open” signs have become a familiar sight in Howland Township, with a number of new restaurants and stores opening recently.
The township is home to a new Chick-fil-A restaurant, and both Gander Mountain and ALDI have expanded and upgraded their stores. Across State Route 46 from Gander Mountain, PizzaFire opened its doors this spring.
Township Trustees Chairman Rick Clark said they don’t do much to recruit the businesses, rather they have been coming to them. He attributed the move of new businesses in the area to the appearance of the township and leaders holding commercial property owners to high standards.
“When it comes to building projects, as far as managing their storm water and the appearance of their buildings and so forth, it protects the property values of these businesses going forward,” he said.
Soon to be in the mix will be a Stonebridge Grille and Tavern on Route 46, and a Rise Pies in the Eastwood Mall Complex, which opens next week.
With Rise Pies in already in bigger locations like Miami and Chicago, why Howland?
Rise Pies President Eddie Muransky said it was an easy decision.
“Howland just made a lot of sense, with Eastwood and everything being so centralized there, with so many great places to eat and so many successful businesses there,” he said.
And the township may not be done just yet — there are still a lot of for sales signs on Route 46.
“Definitely there’s opportunities there,” Clark said.