Artist’s rendering of the New Fairfax Market.

The City of Cleveland, the Cleveland Clinic, Meijer, Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation and Fairmount Properties today opened a new grocery store and apartment complex in the Fairfax neighborhood of Cleveland.

Positioned to help revitalize and transform the neighborhood, the project will significantly contribute to creating a healthier community by tackling food insecurity, supporting the economic development of the region and providing a new shopping destination for customers. surrounding neighborhoods.

As part of the $ 500 million Cleveland Innovation District, the new mixed-use Fairfax Market project will be located at the corner of East 105e Rue and avenue des Cèdres. The $ 52.8 million development will include a 40,000 square foot grocery market opening by Meijer and 196 apartments.

Bringing a grocery market to the Fairfax neighborhood was an idea that began in 2018 when Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Tom Mihaljevic, MD and Cleveland City Council President-elect and Ward 6 Councilor Blaine A Griffin, hosted a community conversation with residents and leaders to better understand their needs and how the Cleveland Clinic could help.

As a result of this session and a walking tour of the Fairfax neighborhood, it became apparent that food insecurity was one of the biggest issues facing residents in the area. According to the US Department of Agriculture, Fairfax has been identified as an urban food desert due to its lack of accessible supermarkets.

“I appreciated that from the start, Dr. Mihaljevic understood the importance of the Cleveland Clinic’s role in the neighborhood and that the residents had many areas to deal with,” said Councilor Griffin. “The discussion about setting up a supermarket in the neighborhood started early, recognizing the need of longtime residents of Fairfax. “

Cleveland City Council President-elect and Ward 6 Councilor Blaine A. Griffin; Meijer’s President and CEO, Rick Keyes; residents of Fairfax Renee Davis and Verna J. Daniels; and CEO and President of the Cleveland Clinic, Tom Mihaljevic, MD

Grand Rapids, Mich.-Based retailer Meijer quickly became the grocer partner of the project based on offerings from its new small-format market design, which was launched in several Michigan cities. Executives from the Cleveland Clinic visited the retailer’s small-format store, Bridge Street Market, in Grand Rapids to see the impact this type of market could have on the community.

This new development underscores the Cleveland Clinic’s commitment to addressing the social determinants of health, which are factors other than medical care, such as employment opportunities, housing, and education that determine 80 percent of the overall health of a person. As one of Northeast Ohio’s largest employers, the healthcare system creates indirect and direct jobs that support families, neighborhoods, and community life. Collaborating in the grocery market is another way Cleveland Clinic is driving local indirect employment.

“We are committed to partnering with community and business leaders to help strengthen the neighborhood we call home and reduce the impact of social determinants of health related to food security and health. ‘job,’ said Dr Mihaljevic. “We are proud to be a part of this collaborative project and, by working together, I believe we can create a healthier community for everyone. ”

Much like other small-format Meijer stores, Fairfax Market will focus on providing customers with a unique shopping experience by carrying an assortment of fresh foods, artisanal groceries, and Meijer and national brand products at low price. It will create around 50 jobs, offering competitive salaries, access to health benefits, as well as a 401 (k) program with a twinning with the company. Fairfax Market will be the first Meijer small format market outside of Michigan.

“Meijer is committed to our communities, which is why we are excited to continue our investment in the city of Cleveland with the addition of Fairfax Market,” said Meijer President and CEO Rick Keyes. “Following the success of our other four Neighborhood Markets, we look forward to providing this great new store to residents of Fairfax and the surrounding neighborhoods. “

The Fairfax neighborhood has a rich history. It was annexed to Cleveland in 1872 and grew rapidly. On E. 105th Street (Doan Street), shops, churches, a hotel, and a post office were in operation. She owned the first African-American-owned bank in Cleveland, and for years the neighborhood was the city’s second largest shopping and entertainment district.

“Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation (FRDC) is delighted to welcome Meijer to the Fairfax community,” said FRDC CEO Denise VanLeer. “The project aligns with the vision of Innovation Square, a mixed-use, mixed-income pedestrian zone along the Opportunity Corridor. The store will occupy a corner of the gateway to the Fairfax neighborhood and help stimulate further development. The location allows residents to easily access fresh food and walk while activating Cedar Avenue. The store offers new job opportunities and helps stimulate further development. The development repositiones underutilized and underperforming land through strategic partnerships and is located near growing economic centers, which is an objective of the Innovation Square neighborhood plan.

“Including housing is a great addition,” said Councilor Griffin. “This will help long-time residents of Fairfax. This development and another nearby will launch more and make the Cleveland Innovation District a true destination.

The residential component of the new project will include a parking structure, direct connection to the Fairfax Market, walking access to the Cleveland Clinic campus and a convenient walk one block from the Cleveland Innovation District.

“This is one of the most significant developments in which Fairmount Properties has participated in the past 23 years,” said Randy Ruttenberg, Director of Fairmount Properties. “We are proud to contribute and bring this important economic catalyst to life. The development will benefit the Fairfax neighborhood, while providing the greater University Circle area, its residents and thousands of employees with a modern, world-class grocery store.

Designed by Bialosky and slated for construction by John G. Johnson Construction Company, the grocery market and apartment complex could open as early as 2023.

Cleveland City Council:
Joan Mazzolini, 216-664-4466,

Cleveland Clinic:
Angie Smith, 216.318.6632,
Katrina Healy, 216.386.0955,
Grant Passell, 216.386.5615,

Christina Fecher, 616.540.6108,

Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation:
Denise VanLeer, 216-361-8400,
Stefan J. Holmes, 216-361-8400,

Fairmount Properties:
Jessi Fausett, CMD, 216-250-7977,