Delaware County commissioners last week approved changes to a plat to allow a 25,840-square-foot Ace Hardware store to be built in April at The Market at Big Bear shopping center on the northwest corner of Sawmill Parkway and Powell Road.

Delaware County commissioners last week approved changes to a plat to allow a 25,840-square-foot Ace Hardware store to be built in April at The Market at Big Bear shopping center on the northwest corner of Sawmill Parkway and Powell Road.

The lot for the hardware store is owned by the Zettler family, which owns several other central Ohio Ace Hardware stores, said Todd Wyett, the site's developer.

A second lot will be used to expand the "market" portion of the 34-acre commercial area that is anchored by Giant Eagle.

Construction on the expansion will not start until he secures tenants, Wyett said.

One other outparcel on the site is owned by Steak & Shake, he said.

"They are in the process of selling it to Yum Brands for a combined Taco Bell and KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken), I believe," Wyett said.

The commercial site is part of a 212-acre area that was zoned planned commercial in 1995 and includes a housing subdivision to the west.

Liberty Township trustees approved the store last June. Wyett said at the time the store will be finished in 2012.

County administrator Dave Cannon had originally planned to miss the Feb. 17 commissioners meeting to interview for an administrator's position in Muskegon County in Michigan.

But, a series of events caused him to withdraw from consideration.

"The storm last week took the shingles off of our house," he said, and he and his wife had to deal with that.

Plus, the motivation that caused him to apply for the job last fall, when the previous board was in office, "is not there anymore," he said.

Earlier this month, he said there was uncertainty in January if the three new county commissioners would replace some administrators. If that happened, Cannon said, he wanted to be positioned for another job given the current state of the economy and the dwindling job market.

"I love Delaware County and all of the things that are going on," he said. "And I am optimistic about the new board and the direction they are taking."