We begin with a circa-'62 physical layout of GREAT LAKES MALL. The center, originally without a north anchor store, consisted of two open-air concourses on the north and south, with an enclosed section in the middle. Edward DeBartolo reputedly coaxed May Company Ohio into adding a store to the mall by selling them a 15 acre parcel for the grand sum of 10 dollars!

1970 and the original community-class complex has evolved into a superregional-sized center! The aforementioned  "May's Great Lakes" opened its doors in 1964. Later on, Penney's was enlarged into a full-line operation. Higbee's and Sears have joined up as third and fourth anchors and the north and south mallways are now fully-enclosed.