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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Shopping plaza: a dead end

Once-active Meadowbrook Market Square reduced to rubble

Bedford Sun Banner Staff Writer

BEDFORD —  It resembles a bombed-out section of Baghdad, city Councilman Ron Lisy once said.

The western half of the Meadowbrook Market Square shopping plaza used to house a Handy Andy store, Ames Department Store, Levin Furniture and numerous others.

Today, they are gone, replaced by a 20-foot tall mound of rubble about 60 feet wide at the base, surrounded by acres of weeds.

It's an uninviting sight for southbound drivers entering Bedford on Northfield Road from Bedford Heights and Maple Heights. No stores appear to be moving in soon to that end of the plaza at the corner of Northfield and Rockside roads.

There has been a startling lack of activity there since the turn of the century. Why?

George Goudreau, head of Goudreau Management Group, which owns the property, failed to return calls to the Bedford Sun Banner.

City Manager Bob Reid said Goudreau is "a tough businessman who has a lot of common sense."


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