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    The New Downtown Heinen's, "No Ordinary Grocery Store."

    Welcome Heinen's to downtown Cleveland! A place to shop, socialize and be seen. Moreover, a place to eat in the atmosphere of the historic grand old rotunda under the Tiffany-like stained glass dome. We think this adds up to a successful combination of history, art, architecture, food, beer and wine. And the constant crowds since the opening in February also seem to agree. If you haven't yet visited this new downtown grocery, you should definitely check it out.

    The sign may say Heinen’s Fine Foods, but this is no ordinary grocery store.[1]  The new ‘supermarket’ that opened in the former Ameritrust complex at East Ninth Street and Euclid Avenue is significant and provides a great shopping atmosphere due to the combined efforts of the Geis brothers and Heinen’s investing in Cleveland.

    The greatest aspect of this new 27,000 square foot grocery is that the buildings it operates out of, the Cleveland Trust Rotunda, has been repurposed and is another milestone in Cleveland's downtown renaissance. Once housing an old bank (The Cleveland Trust Bank originally opened in 1908)  the developers, the Geis Companies  transformed the old Ameritrust Complex which includes five buildings in total; including the 29-story historic Bruer tower, the 1010 Building,  the historic rotunda as well as two parking garages. The tower has already been renovated as “The 9” a 156-room luxury hotel and apartment complex.

    For the past 24 years, The Rotunda has until now been off limits to Clevelanders having been closed since the 1990’s when the Ameritrust merged with Society Bank. The Tiffany-like, stained-glass ceiling of the Rotunda, shown here above, is eye catching and housed under an 85-foot high dome ribboned with painted murals. (Murals painted by artist Francis Millet, who died in the sinking of the Titanic) and just below it on the second level is the Balcony, creatively displaying Heinen’s wine selection and laced by the building’s original and ornate gleaming bronze railings.

    Architect John Williams of Process Creative Studios in Cleveland was chosen by Heinen’s to design the supermarket.  Williams worked to preserve the interior decorative elements and minimize the impact of mechanical equipment required to run a modern supermarket. The preserved entranceways may be confining, but the space quickly opens up, and draws you into the awe-inspiring rotunda where one can’t help but keep looking up.

    The ground floor under this spectacular view, is a 61-foot-diameter dining area, rimmed with cases of fresh prepared foods, meats and fish where shoppers can rest and dine. The floor is braided in an intricate design with a variety of marble. With this atmosphere,  this Heinen’s could possibly be the most beautiful grocery store in the world and now also a must-see destination for visitors to Cleveland.
    “You can’t help but be awed by the building once you get inside it.”  Tom Heinen, Heinen’s co-president.

    If parking concerns you; it’s location isn’t obvious. When you spend $50 at Heinen’s you get 90 minutes of free parking at the 740 Euclid Lot & Garage (Enter at 8th street between Euclid & Prospect). Make sure that you get your receipt and parking ticket validated at the Heinen’s customer service counter.

    Geis Cos. obtained federal and state historic tax credits to help finance the renovation of the entire Ameritrust complex which includes five buildings. The Rotunda design for Heinen’s required a review by state and federal historic-preservation experts.

    The City of Cleveland assisted this project with a $6 million dollar HUD 108 loan to help with the renovation of the Historic Rotunda and the 1010 Building along with a non-school 30 year TIF valued at $4,450,000. Total project costs amount to $54 million and will create and retain a minimum of 120 full time jobs (80 of which are Heinen’s).
    More on the Ameritrust Complex’s architecture.


    [1] Cleveland Magazine, “Supermarket Sweep,” 3/2015 pg.16.

    S.Phillibert, staff writer