The Perimeter Center Giant Eagle will expand if Dublin council members approve rezoning and plans for 15 acres next month.

The Perimeter Center Giant Eagle will expand if Dublin council members approve rezoning and plans for 15 acres next month.

Dublin City Council on Aug. 23 heard the first reading of a zoning change and preliminary development plan that would add store space and a pharmacy drive-through while moving a few businesses for the expansion.

According to planner Claudia Husak, the planning and zoning commission already approved the zoning change, preliminary and final development plans and recommended that council follow suit.

"Giant Eagle has determined that the store is in need of major updates," she said.

If council approves the plan next month, the store will expand to the southern portion of the shopping center, off Perimeter Loop Road, moving businesses currently in the space, including the Rusty Bucket and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

The businesses that need to be moved for the Giant Eagle expansion will occupy empty spaces in the northern portion of the development, and Ben Hale, the attorney representing Giant Eagle, said development owner DDR plans to invest $1-million on space for the Rusty Bucket.

According to Hale, the Giant Eagle took over a former Big Bear site.

"Giant Eagle moved into the Big Bear store with minimum work," he said, adding that the proposed work would add about 4,000 square feet of floor space.

The proposed modifications that would add floor space and a drive-through pharmacy to the southern end of the building also include improvements to the interior of the store. Hale said the work would cost Giant Eagle $14-million.

"They want to bring the store up to the highest standards," he told city council.

Andrew Rauch, a member of Giant Eagle's planning department, said the improvements would affect nearly every department, improving offerings in natural and organic products, meat, dairy, deli, bakery and others.

Council members questioned zoning changes for a possible future Giant Eagle fueling station included in the request, though. They asked how it would fit in the parking lot and how traffic would flow in the area with the addition.

"I share the concerns of my colleagues in regards to the fuel station," vice mayor Amy Salay said. "I'd like to pull it out and deal with it as a complete rezoning."

Hale said he would work with the city to add language to the rezoning to require Giant Eagle to seek council's approval on the addition of a fueling station.

The ordinance is set to appear before council for a second and final reading Sept. 13.