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Van Wert’s variety of shop-ping and dining options continues toexpand with new commercial growth in the area. In the city threemain shopping areas have developed over the years: Downtown,Southside District, and Towne Center. Several of the surroundingcommunities also have dining and shopping options to consider.For more specific address and contact information, please re-fer tothe Buyer’s Guide in the back of the book.
Home to three large commercial plazas, and adjacent to the newschool and performing arts complex, there is no denying that thelargest center of commercial activity is in the Southside district.Three grocery stores, two national depart-ment stores (includingSears), two automobile dealerships, a large hardware store, severalbanking institutions and many specialty shops have based theiroperations out of this area. The Hospital and its medical profes-sional offic-es as well as the County Fairgrounds also border thisbusy district.Just to the south of town DeShia Country Store and Laurie’sNature Scapes offer a wide variety of gifts and nursery supplies.There are many dining options available to tempt your palatein this area. For a family style meal consider Bob Evans or thelocally owned I Don’t Care Grille. Willow Bend Country Cluboffers delicious gourmet meals to its members as well having a9-hole golf course. Many national chain fast-food restaurants alsohave locations here including McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King,Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut and more. There are also two Chinesefood restaurants and a delicious ice cream standin the area.
Opening in November, 2005 on the northside of town, the Van Wert Towne Center isthe newest commercial development in thearea. Towne Center is home to Super Walmart,Petland, Maurices, and more. The develop-ment will soon be home to a new bank branchand fast food restaurant. Also on the slate fordevelopment are a motel, a movie theater, andother retail establishments.Several dining options have opened alreadyin Towne Center with several more in line forfuture development. The Hong Kong Buffetoffers a delicious Chinese buffet for a reason-able price. McDonald’s operates a 24 hourlocation at the edge of the property and a subshop has also opened.
While the city serves as the main hub of com-mercial activity for the county, the surroundingvillages have a lot to offer their residents andvisitors. Convoy is home to the Hall LumberCompany a Do It Best affiliated store that ispopular with locals. Other shopping options inthe surrounding areas range from Celebrationsparty supplies in Delphos to many retail andservice businesses. Several villages also haverestaurants and taverns that offer delicious, rea-sonably priced meals.