NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – The number of new businesses setting up shop at the Eastwood Mall is growing.

A 22,000-square-foot HomeGoods store will soon be situated along Mines Road, next to Levin Furniture. That store is planning a summer 2023 opening. Heavy machinery could be seen working at the site Friday.

A new Carter’s child apparel store is opening between Burlington and TJMaxx. The opening is planned for Thanksgiving of this year.

New restaurants are also part of the plan. King Cajun Seafood and Bar is getting ready to open in July. It is located near Outback Steakhouse and Steak ‘n Shake. Food offerings are inspired by New Orleans and the Low Country with items such as blackened, Cajun, deep-fried or broiled dinners.

Longhorn Steakhouse will soon take up residency on the old IHOP parcel. The restaurant is expected to open in February 2023.

Other new businesses include:

  • Venetia Nail Lounge and Spa – Great East Plaza
  • NrGize Lifestyle Cafe – JCPenny Concourse inside the mall. It will offer Kahala brand coffee and smoothies.
  • Aimpoint Airsoft – Boscov’s concourse. Practice range for Airsoft-brand guns.

“Retailers are saying, ‘We want to be open, we want to be open in places where there are people willing to come out,’ and we think that speaks to the vibrancy of the local economy,” said Cafaro Company spokesperson Joe Bell.

Bell said there are talks with three additional restaurants interested in having a presence at the mall complex but because those deals haven’t been finalized, he can’t mention their names just yet.