LAKEWOOD – If you want a new pair of dress slacks and have a craving for sushi, you will soon be able to satisfy both needs in one location.
The Lakewood Village Plaza, 279 E. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, across from the Chautauqua Mall, will be adding two new stores this summer. One is the Men’s Warehouse and the other is the Fuji Grill. Both businesses will be housed in the store locations that are currently empty on the east end of the plaza. Charles Smith, Lakewood village code enforcement officer and building inspector, said officials from the Men’s Warehouse have sent him construction plans to be reviewed.
“They are getting contractor prices, and I’m doing the plan review,” he said.
Smith estimated the business should be open by the end of the summer.
The Fuji Grill is a sushi and hibachi restaurant. In North America, the term hibachi refers to a small cooking stove heated by charcoal, that is called a shichirin in Japanese, or to an iron hot plate used in teppanyaki restaurants. At the restaurant location inside the plaza, no date is given on when it will open, but a sign hanging in the window says “coming soon.”
Smith said after the two businesses enter the plaza it will not yet be filled. Recently, DFT Technology Plus has moved out of the plaza. A sign on the door, where the business was located, states it has consolidated with another DFT store into one location at 332 Fluvanna Ave. The business opened in September 2011.
Also in the fall of 2011, the plaza started adding new stores like T.J. Maxx, Michaels, PetSmart, Olympia Sports and Sally Beauty. When Quality Markets closed in April 2010, the plaza had no anchor businesses until it added T.J. Maxx, Michaels and PetSmart. The businesses that have been in the plaza throughout the changes include Bob’s Vintage Wines and Liquors, Wright’s Music Shed, Sherwin-Williams, Cosmo Prof and Little Caeser’s.
The Lakewood Village Center plaza is owned by Widewaters Construction of Dewitt. Widewaters Construction officials invested $3.5 million into renovating and improving the plaza for the arrival of the new businesses.