Eton Traffic Concerns

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WOODMERE, Ohio-- Your commute to and from work could get a lot worse if you're living in the Woodmere area. 

Two new popular shops are set to open in the Eton Chagrin Blvd. meaning more traffic could be rolling along Chagrin Boulevard.

Tiffany & Co. and the Apple Store are set to open their doors at the Eton Chagrin Blvd.

"I think having the new Apple store will be nice for the people in the area," said Woodmere resident, Carol Neff.

The Apple Store at Legacy Village will close at the end of the business day on Friday.

The new Apple Store will open at Eton Shopping Plaza on Saturday.  No word on when Tiffany and Company is set to open their doors. 

The convenience of the popular stores may quickly become an inconvenience when you factor in the added traffic it will bring to Chagrin Blvd.

"The traffic is really ridiculous and we don't need any more traffic," said Elmer Fryerson who lives less than a block from the shopping plaza.

Fryerson says it's already a nightmare getting home from work at night and anticipates it could get worse.

"Some days it takes 30-45 minutes to get home from 271," he said.

Not everybody is against more traffic coming to the Eton Chagrin Blvd. In fact, some actually welcome more traffic to the area.

"I"m excited for them to come to the area, I'm an advocate to driving more traffic to the area," said Jay Davis, manager of Davis Bakery and Deli.

Davis welcomes the extra foot traffic to his bakery with the addition of the two new stores, but those stores could pose parking issues for his patrons.

"We have a lot of customers who shop at Eton across the street that will park in our lot and then walk across the street which kind of limits spaces for our own customers," he said.

While it may be an inconvenience, Davis says it could be a lot worse.

"It's nothing like New York City, Chicago or anything like any of the other cities are dealing with."

Woodmere Law Director Frank Consolo says Mayor Chuck Smith and Stark Enterprises will be working on alleviating parking issues at the shopping plaza but the traffic patterns will not change along Chagrin Boulevard as a result of the new stores.

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