Patch Poll: What Businesses Would You Like to See in Cranberry?

Is a Victoria's Secret on your wish list? Are traffic concerns giving you a headache? Voice your opinions here.

Business is booming in Cranberry, and residents can’t stop talking about it.

Township manager Jerry Andree has said that w, one of the most popular topics is what stores and businesses are next for Cranberry.

The community is coming off a record year for development in 2011, issuing building permits for projects with an estimated value of more than $100 million. The only recent year to top 2011 for construction was 2008, which is when Cranberry issued building permits for the now-opened Westinghouse headquarters on Route 228.

At a Monday, Ron Henshaw, Cranberry’s director of community development, presented a slideshow of some of the buildings constructed in the community in 2011.

Included were the Bellevue Commons, which is home to the new; ESB Bank; ; the , additions to the shopping complex; and the Chatham Commons apartment complex.

We want to know what you think. What retail stores, restaurants or other developments would you like to see in Cranberry? In the past, we’ve heard residents have hungered for a Trader Joe’s and desired a Victoria’s Secrets. Also on people’s wish lists were more non-chain restaurants.

Of course, there also are those who don’t want any more developments in the township, particularly if it would add more traffic to the roads.

Answer our Patch Poll, or leave your suggestions in the comment section.   

ComfortBlanketLady February 01, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Drive through SALAD WORKS and a BIG LOTS, please.
Emily February 01, 2012 at 01:15 PM
kelly casey February 01, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I would definitely like to see a Trader Joes because it would be nice to have something a little more upgraded or healthy. Having said that, it would be nice to have more privately owned restaurants where there is usually better food and service. If we can not have better restaurants, then why not have something that is family friendly, such as a Cracker Barrel. Also, there is no food options for a seafood family restuarant, so I'm suggesting a Red Lobster.
Earl Grubbs February 01, 2012 at 02:56 PM
While business may be blooming as indicated by the record year of development in 2011, its negative effect resulted in CT increasing our taxes. According to the CT township manager when he meets with CT residents now, the favorite topic is what new businesses are next for CT. If the CT BOS and staff management (and Seneca Valley School District) does not learn how to live within CT's financial means, the next time the CT manager meets with CT residents the most popular topic will be "why have our taxes increased with all the influx of new businesses" and "why have are citizens and businesses not flocking to CT like they did in the past two decades?" Maybe just maybe the "low Butler County taxes" are not as low as they have been in the past thus giving an edge to CT when this may no longer be the case going forward. Intuitively, it appears to me that the more affluent a municipal government becomes the less responsive they are to responsibly managing citizens' taxes. And do not buy into the rhetoric that the tax increase was due to a "state shortfall" as the primary reason for raising taxes as that issue is minor compared to CT's tax and spend (and rubberstamp the budget) mentality. Earl Grubbs Cranberry Township
Joe Minkel February 01, 2012 at 03:39 PM
IHop! Or sonic! or even old country buffet!
rocket air February 01, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Forget Taco Bell, ya gotta check out Rubio's Fish Tacos [http://www.rubios.com/], delicious real-deal San Diego cuisine
jennifer pappas February 01, 2012 at 03:56 PM
How about places to eat that are more healthy choices and less of the gross, fast food places!
Jessica Sinichak February 01, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I'd love to have a Sephora up here. It would save me the traffic headache of driving to Ross Park Mall. I'd also like more non-chain restaurants. I think it could happen. Just in this last year, some great locally-owned eateries have moved into Cranberry, including Echo, BRGR, Graham Central and Pork-n 'Nat.
Albert February 01, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I would like to see an IHOP in Cranberry. It's just a matter of time. Carsense I'm not totally sold on yet. My experience so far with them hasn't been good so far.
Rita Hastings February 01, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Definitely a Bozcovs, Penneys, and Sears.
SH February 01, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Route 228 expansion -- It's obviously not a business but might as well be one since it currently chokes Seven Fields and Mars and stands in the way of new development. New movie theater -- The area desperately needs one (especially one that screens independent films and features an IMAX screen). Unfortunately a new cinema was scrapped from the Village at Cranberry Woods expansion plan. Cracker Barrel -- Perfect location would be in front of the Hilton Garden Inn. They were originally slated to build where the new Firestone is located. Home Goods. Robinson Township? Why not here? Nordstrom or Macy's. There's no reason Cranberry/Mars can't have a lifestyle development like the Waterfront or Settler's Ridge. Ross Park Mall is inconvenient. Cranberry/Mars is one step away from being a self-contained suburb. Simon Properties intended to address the retail shortfall until Penn Dot got in the way and the economy went south. With the crossroads of 76 and 79 and our solid demographics, there's no reason why the area can't support new retail developments.
Mike Divincenzo February 02, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Wegmans. No other grocery retailer comes even close.
Lisa Rickenbrode Stroup February 02, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Healthy restaurants, like vegan, with drive-through. More public swimming pools (twp too big for one), J.C. Penney/Boscovs/Macey's, a DRIVE IN (again), Dave & Buster's, a ROLLER-SKATING RINK, a BOWLING ALLEY, more WALKING/BIKING paths at Graham Park, a winter actvity area for skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, outdoor hockey, maybe snowmobiling (rentals)...could also be at Graham Park, a large TAXI service and a very large mini mart/gas station on Rochester Road. This township doesn't need more housing plans but more things to DO besides eating/drinking. Kids need something to DO besides sit in front of a TV or computer or do drugs and get into trouble. Families need things to DO together. Be a real community and DO something to make this happen. Lisa
Lisa Rickenbrode Stroup February 02, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Oh and one other thing...better traffic logistics. Businesses/lights need to be set up like the ones on 228 where Olive Garden, Smokey Bones, etc. is...one back street to enter the restaurants/businesses with ONE way out to the main road/light. Perfect. Too many lights on Freedom Road..these need to be re-configured and some eliminated. EX: JoAnn Fabrics light at Cranberry Mall; eliminate this one, either close that entrance or make it an IN only and make everyone use the upper mall light or the one by Primanti Bros. with a left arrow installed. The Franklin Road light was sorely needed but a four-way stop sign would have been cheaper and done the job...and could have been put in a long time ago. Just a few examples.
Ruth Pagenhardt February 02, 2012 at 04:32 AM
I'd love to see Bath & Body - sick of going to Butler or Ross Park Mall. I really thought one would open at the Streets of Cranberry. I would also love to see Cracker Barrel, Red Lobster or Joe's Crab Shack and some Healthy food restaurants. Since this is like a wish list, a new movie theater would be great. Activities for kids are needed - roller skating rink, bowling, etc.
michele lawver February 02, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Cranberry used to have a Big Lots but it didn't last long.
Lisa Rodenbeck February 03, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Taco Bell or "Movie Tavern", check it out, there is one over in Collegeville PA.
Mag Gallant March 30, 2012 at 07:07 PM
How about a shoe store......so we wouldn't have to go to Ross Park Mall.
Patty Gee April 03, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Hobby Lobby - Michael's and JoAnn's just aren't cutting it anymore for crafters. Bath & Body Works. DSW Shoes. Cracker Barrel would be great! A mall with some big anchor retail stores - Macy's, Boscov's, Penney's etc. And whatever happened to the idea of having a Cabela's here? Even a Gander Mountain or Bass Pro Shop "destination" type hunting/fishing/outdoors store.
Gretchen lazor December 03, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Can we please get a Wegmans and some healthy upscale restaurants. I recently moved here and Giant Eagle is awful. I do go to Whole Foods in Wexford but it would be nice to have a good grocery store here besides GE and Shop n Save.
Angela December 14, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Wegmans, Macy's/ JCpenney, Victoria's Secret, Taco Bell, Tim Horton's, Delta Sonic (An awesome car wash place. I've been to one in Erie!), Home Goods. Better movie theater, & a Roller skating rink would be great! Please & thank you! :)
Bill O. January 22, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Gun shop
Gretchen lazor January 22, 2013 at 02:09 AM
Totally Agree!!! We need a Wegmans. I moved here a little over a year ago and Giant Eagle is awful and they have no reason to improve.
michele lawver January 22, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Roller rink and Victoria Secrets. Home Goods would be awesome! More support of the Comtra Theatre would be great too! Its an underutilized gem of the community that holds and fosters so much talent and creativity!


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