Columbus' Northland Center



A frontal view of the Mid-Century Modern Sears that anchored the east end of the original shopping hub.
Photo from www.pleasantfamilyshopping.blogspot.com

A map showing the directionally-designated malls of Greater Columbus. Three regional centers, NORTHLAND, EASTLAND and WESTLAND, were built during the 1960s. SOUTHLAND, although referred to as a "mall", was actually a small strip center that opened in 1975.

In August 1964, Columbus caught up with its urban rival cities in Ohio, shopping mall-wise. Cleveland had opened its first mall in 1954; Cincinnati in 1956. Here, we see the physical layout of Columbus' first mall, in its original open-air configuration. The parking area could contain 5,500 autos.

The NORTHLAND Lazarus, which was the Columbus-based retailer's second branch store. It opened along with the shopping center in August 1964.


The Columbus-based Union Company operated a junior anchor store at the original NORTHLAND CENTER.
Photo from http://catalog.clcohio.org/ (Columbus Metropolitan Library)


A circa-'65 snapshot taken at the center of the east-west mallway. The Sears mall entrance is seen in the distance.
Photo from http://catalog.clcohio.org/ (Columbus Metropolitan Library)

A circa-1985 site plan. The mall, remodeled into a fully-enclosed venue in 1980, now has a third anchor store (J.C. Penney). Likewise, the Lazarus location has been expanded (twice). A Food Court has been built, utilizing a portion of existing store space, and the in-mall cinema has been replaced by a freestanding 8-plex.

A street side sign displaying the mall's most recent trademark.
Photo from www.tallgeorge.com


NORTHLAND MALL prospered until several newer -and larger- malls were built in its vicinity. Here we see a circa-2003 view of the abandoned shopping center, which was being prepared for a wrecking ball renovation.
Photo from www.illicitohio.com

Above and below are renderings of NORTHLAND VILLAGE, which would be the successor of NORTHLAND CENTER / MALL.
Drawing from http://www.stonehenge-company.com


The first phase of NORTHLAND VILLAGE, a Menard's Mega Store, opened for business in April 2011.
Drawing from http://www.stonehenge-company.com


A circa-2012 aerial plan of NORTHLAND VILLAGE. Structures remaining from the previous shopping mall are surrounded in blue. New buildings include the aforementioned Menards (number 6) and several outparcel businesses. A Kroger would be added in 2016.
Original photo from www.googleearth.com
NORTHLAND CENTER
Morse and Karl Roads
Franklin County (Columbus), Ohio

NORTHLAND CENTER, Columbus' first mall-type shopping complex, was one of three directionally-designated centers that were built in the rapidly-expanding metro area during the 1960s. EASTLAND, which was Greater Columbus' first fully-enclosed mall, was dedicated in February 1968. WESTLAND, added to a freestanding Lazarus store, was completed in February 1969.

Originally open-air in format, NORTHLAND CENTER was built on an 84 acre tract, located 6.5 miles north of the Ohio State House. The mall site was originally within unincorporated Franklin County (Mifflin Township), but was eventually annexed into the Columbus city limits.

Designed by the Grossel & Jensen firm, NORTHLAND CENTER was developed by Cleveland's Visconsi, Mead-Jacobs Company (a precursor of today's Richard E. Jacobs Group). The shopping hub opened for business August 13, 1964.

There were two anchors in the 710,000 square foot complex; a 3-level (185,000 square foot), Columbus-based F & R Lazarus and 2-level (212,900 square foot) Sears. Junior anchors were a Columbus-based Union Company and F.W. Woolworth 5 & 10.

Among the forty-three original stores and services were Rogers Jewelers, Lerner Shops, Madison's ladies' wear, Gray Drug and an Albers (later Big Star) supermarket. The Modern Theatres Northland Cinema, an in-mall venue, showed its first feature as part of the mall's August 1964 grand opening. The movie house was twinned in 1975.

A major mall renovation was done in 1978-'79, with courts and concourses being fully-enclosed. A 2-level (175,000 square foot) J.C. Penney and 10-bay Food Court were added to the south side of the complex. Likewise, Lazarus, which had been enlarged in 1968, was expanded to 228,000 square feet.

Now known as NORTHLAND MALL, the facility encompassed approximately 986,800 leasable square feet. Its original cinema was shuttered April 21, 1985. A freestanding multiplex was built in the southeast parking area. It opened, as the General Cinema Corporation Northland 8, in December 1985.

NORTHLAND MALL was on a downward trajectory by 1997, when MALL AT TUTTLE CROSSING {8.1 miles northwest, in Columbus} was dedicated. Other rival shopping hubs included COLUMBUS CITY CENTER (1989-2009) {5 miles south, in downtown Columbus} and EASTON TOWN CENTER (1999) {3.5 miles east, in Columbus}.

The final blow to NORTHLAND MALL came in 2001, with the completion of POLARIS FASHION PLACE {5.5 miles north, in Delaware County}. This fully-enclosed, upscale mall snatched all three anchor stores from NORTHLAND.

The mall was left anchorless and was populated by several mom & pop-type businesses. Most of the major, national chain stores had moved to either EASTON or POLARIS. The final retailer at NORTHLAND closed in October 2002. By this time, the mall had been bought by the Columbus Urban Growth Corporation, a consortium of city officials and local businessmen.

Their plan, referred to as NorthPARK, proposed to redevelop the greyfield site as a mixed-use retail, office and residential complex. Demolition of the mall started in January 2004, leaving the Sears, J.C. Penney and Lazarus buildings; the latter being renovated into offices for the Ohio Department of Taxation. The Sears structure was eventually demolished.

The land parcel was to be dissected by new city streets. Traffic signals were to be installed, along with sidewalks and landscaping. Unfortunately, the NorthPARK project never got off the ground. Home Depot, plotted to anchor the new complex, backed out of the deal in late 2006.

The 8-screen cinema, which had closed in 2000, was purchased by Vaud-Villities, a local theater group. It became a venue for live productions and rehearsals. In 2010, the theater, which had been renamed the Northland Performing Arts Center, moved into a new space in the old J.C. Penney structure. The remainder of the building's area was renovated and retenanted by the Franklin County Department of Job & Family services.

Columbus Urban Growth sold the NorthPARK site in March 2008; the buyer being the Gahanna, Ohio-based Stonehenge Company. They announced a revised plan for redevelopment. In the new proposal, an 80 million dollar retail and office center, known as NORTHLAND VILLAGE, would be implemented in three phases.

Eau Claire, Wisconsin-based Menards broke ground on a 1-level (220,000 square foot) Mega Store in May 2010. The grand opening was held April 12, 2011. Several freestanding structures were added to the site. These included McDonald's, Taco Bell, Telhio Credit Union, Tim Horton's, Chipotle Mexican Grill and John's Gourmet Sandwiches.

The final phase of the NORTHLAND VILLAGE project entailed construction of a 1-level (108,000 square foot) Kroger supermarket. This store opened its doors October 19, 2016.

Sources:

preservenet.cornell.edu/publications/Longstreth Branch Store.doc
The Columbus Dispatch
www.illicitohio.com
www.cinematreasures.org
www.urbangrowth.org / "NorthlandPARK"
www.vvproductions.com / Vaud-Villities Productions / "NorthlandPARK"
"Lazarus" article on Wikipedia
"Eastland Mall" article on Wikipedia
"Franklin County" (Ohio) website
http://www.stonehenge-company.com
www.bizjournals.com


FAIR USE OF NORTHLAND CENTER IMAGES:

The photographs from The Columbus Metropolitan Library illustrate a key moment in the mall's history that is described in the article. The images are not replaceable with free-use or public-domain images. The use of the images does not limit the copyright owners' rights to distribute the images in any way. The images are being used for non-profit, informational purposes only and their use is not believed to detract from the original images in any way.
Columbus' Eastland Mall


The center's southwest anchor -and its largest original tenant- a 234,400 square foot Sears. This is how the store appeared in 1968.
Photo from www.columbuslibrary.org (Columbus Metropolitan Library)

The original footprint of EASTLAND, Columbus' first fully-enclosed shopping mall. At the time of this 1968 plan, the 950,000 square foot structure housed sixty-nine stores and services. Its parking area could accommodate 5,000 autos.


Interior and exterior views of the mall's northeast anchor store; these taken while it was still operating as a Lazarus.
Photos from Wikipedia / "Dirty Harry"

A vintage photo of the EASTLAND Center Court and mallway entrance of the shopping hub's "New Look" J.C. Penney.
Photo from www.columbuslibrary.org (Columbus Metropolitan Library)

We zoom through the years to a circa-2005 site plan of a newly-revamped EASTLAND. The in-mall cinema had closed in early 1993 and was divided into four tenant spaces. Woolworth's, shuttered in 1997, became a Food Court. A ten-store Streetscape (in light gray) had just been added to the southeast-facing front of the mall. Moreover, a shiny new Kaufmann's has just opened its doors.


Above we see more interior and exterior views of the northeast anchor. These show the store during its brief tenure as a Macy's.
Photo 1 from Wikipedia / "Dirty Harry"
Photo 2 from Franklin County, Ohio 

A circa-2006 aerial, showing the new Kaufmann's -make that Macy's- that has just been added. Plans were in the making to raze the vacant Lazarus / Macy's (on the right) and replace it with a new J.C. Penney. However, this project was eventually abandoned.
Photo from www.glimcher.com (Glimcher Realty Trust)


EASTLAND MALL, circa-2017. A pesky vacant anchor has stood on the northeast end of the complex since 2006. It was joined by another empty anchor when J.C. Penney pulled the proverbial plug in mid-2015. Macy's moved on in March 2017, leaving the shopping hub with just Sears to sustain it. This store would go dark in September.
EASTLAND MALL
Refugee and South Hamilton Roads
Columbus, Ohio

The first interior mall in Greater Columbus was built on a 60 acre site, located 8.3 miles southeast of the Ohio State House. The property was adjacent to the proposed route of the "Outerbelt" / Interstate 270 Expressway, with the section accessing the mall opening in late 1970.

EASTLAND MALL was designed by Visnapuu & Gaede Architects of Cleveland and was developed by the Visconsi, Mead-Jacobs Company, also of Cleveland. The single-level shopping center, encompassing 950,000 leasable square feet, was officially dedicated February 14, 1968.

Its anchors were a 3-level (160,000 square foot) F & R Lazarus and 2-level (234,400 square foot) Sears. The mall's 3-level (149,600 square foot) J.C. Penney had been dedicated January 2, 1968.

There were sixty-nine inline stores, including French's Restaurant, Florsheim Shoes, Rogers Jewelers and an F.W. Woolworth 5 & 10. The General Cinema Corporation Eastland Cinema opened along with the mall. It was twinned in the 1980s and shuttered in February 1993.

The shopping venue had completed its first addition in 1976, when Lazarus was expanded to 222,400 square feet. A mall-wide face lift was done in 1989, with a third taking place 9 years later. This entailed gutting a shuttered Woolworth store and refitting it with a 7-bay Food Court. This new culinary complex opened for business in October 1998.

The first anchor rebranding at EASTLAND MALL occurred August 1, 2003, when Lazarus morphed into a Lazarus-Macy's. The location was fully "Macy-ated" March 6, 2005.

In December 2003, the Columbus-based Glimcher Realty Trust had acquired EASTLAND MALL. A fourth remodeling had been planned by the previous owner. Glimcher went ahead with the project. A thorough renovation was done, which removed landscaping from mall courts, carpeted mallway floors and installed a children's play area in Center Court.

In addition, the southeast-facing front of the complex underwent a dramatic transformation. 30,000 square feet of "Streetscape" retail was added, comprising ten new store spaces. Moreover, a 1-level (120,000 square foot), Pittsburgh-based Kaufmann's was constructed. The mall now encompassed 1,025,800 leasable square feet and eighty inline stores.

Kaufmann's held its grand opening October 26, 2005. The store was rebranded in less than a year. As part of the May / Federated merger of August 2005, the Pennsylvania-based chain ceased to exist. Stores were refitted with the Macy's masthead September 9, 2006. The original EASTLAND Macy's, operating in the old Lazarus location since March 2005, was shuttered.

A fifth renovation of EASTLAND was in the planning stages for several years. This would have entailed demolition of the vacant Lazarus / Macy's and construction of a new J.C. Penney in its place. The project, originally scheduled to get underway in 2007, was quickly abandoned when the national economy turned sour.

The Great Recession left the Glimcher Realty Trust with an upside down EASTLAND MALL mortgage. They decided to unload the property in an online auction, which was held in June 2014. A single bid -of 18 million dollars- was rejected.

In August 2014, Glimcher relinquished ownership of the shopping center to the Miami Beach-based LNR Property, Limited Liability Company. The mall's problems were exacerbated with the shutterings of all of its remaining anchor stores; J.C. Penney (in May 2015), Macy's (in March 2017) and Sears (in September 2017).

Sources:

preservenet.cornell.edu/publications/Longstreth Branch Store.doc
www.glimcher.com
Franklin County, Ohio tax assessor website
www.bizjournals.com
Comment post by "Dirty Harry"


FAIR USE OF EASTLAND MALL IMAGES:

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Columbus' Westland Mall


Columbus' third directional shopping hub started off -in 1962- with a freestanding Lazarus department store. It was enlarged in 1965 and given a new facade (as seen here) in 1969.
Photo from http://www.freewebs.com/westsider/pictures.htm

An aerial photo of the original (single-level) Lazarus, before there was a mall. It would be added to the right side of the store.
Photo from http://ohsweb.ohiohistory.org / Lazarus Family Collection

Columbus' WESTLAND was officially dedicated in August of 1969. The existing Lazarus was joined by new Penney's and Sears anchors. The open-air mall included a large Woolworth 5 & 10.


This circa-1984 physical layout shows the newly-enclosed shopping center and its enlarged Lazarus. At this time, the mall spanned 860,000 leasable square feet and housed over forty stores and services. Its vast parking lot could contain 5,000 autos.

A more contemporary photo of the WESTLAND Lazarus. As the mall was being enclosed in the early 1980s, the store was expanded for a second time. A new facade was also added. When work was completed, the building encompassed 215,000 square feet. 
Photo from Wikipedia / "Dirty Harry"



A view of the Lazarus mall entry. As many retro retail fans will know, the Lazarus chain was originally Columbus-based and operated as a division of Cincinnati's Federated Stores.
Photo from www.labelscar.com / "Prange Way"

A view of what had been a Chi-Chi's restaurant. It was operating as the Los Candiles Mexican Restaurant when this photo was taken. In November 2012, the mall was shuttered, leaving only Sears and Staples in business. With the September 2017 shuttering of Sears, the mall was completely out of business.
Photo from Franklin County, Ohio 
WESTLAND MALL
West Broad Street / US 40 and Georgesville Road
Franklin County (Franklin Township), Ohio

The third of Columbus' directionally-designated malls was added to an existing F & R Lazarus. This 1-level (80,000 square foot) store had opened, on August 16, 1962, as the Columbus-based chain's first branch.

WESTLAND MALL was developed by Cleveland's Visconsi, Mead-Jacobs Company (a precursor of today's Richard E. Jacobs Group). Dedicated February 12, 1969, the open-air shopping hub occupied a 59.9 acre plot, located 6 miles west of the Ohio State House. The site was adjacent to the future route of the "Outerbelt"/ Interstate 270 Expressway, with the section running by the mall opening in August 1970.

The single-level center was anchored by the aforementioned Lazarus. This store had been enlarged into a 2-level (171,000 square foot) structure in 1965. Also anchoring the mall were a 1-level (104,800 square foot) J.C. Penney and 2-level (176,900 square foot) Sears.

Charter inline stores included Orange Julius, The Limited and an F.W. Woolworth 5 & 10 (with Harvest House restaurant). Courts and concourses were decorated with sculptures and fountains created by Cleveland artist Charles E. Van Duzer.

The shopping hub underwent a major renovation in 1982-'83. Its mallways were fully-enclosed. Likewise, Lazarus was enlarged to 215,000 square feet. WESTLAND MALL now encompassed 860,000 leasable square feet.

The Cinecom Theatres Westland Cinemas I & II debuted July 1, 1971. The venue was installed in a southeast parking area strip center that had opened, along with the mall, in 1969. This theater was expanded and renamed. It re-opened, as the General Cinema Corporation Westland 8, in early 1986 and was in business until late 2000. The theater operated as Dollar Cinemas Westland between 2004 and 2008.

Commercial competitors of WESTLAND MALL included COLUMBUS CITY CENTER (1989) {in downtown Columbus} and MALL AT TUTTLE CROSSING (1997) {8.4 miles north, in Columbus}.

The first manifestation of the decline of WESTLAND MALL occurred in the late 1980s, when Sears was downsized into a 1-level operation. The new MALL AT TUTTLE CROSSING snatched the Penney's store from WESTLAND in July 1997.

By the dawn of the 21st century, WESTLAND MALL was on life support. In November 2002, the past-its-prime property was sold to Sammy Kahen and Jack Kashani, two Beverly Hills-based realtors.

A plan to redevelop WESTLAND, following the tenets of New Urbanism, was announced. The mall would be demolished, leaving Sears and Lazarus intact. A city street grid was to be imposed, with open-air shopping and office spaces constructed. Unfortunately, the redevelopment stalled after the failure of a similar plan at Columbus' NORTHLAND MALL.

The owners of WESTLAND sold a fifty percent share in the center to Columbus-based Plaza Properties, in April 2005. The Beachwood, Ohio-based Krone Group was enlisted as a redevelopment and management agent. The earlier redevelopment proposal was revived and a new mall moniker, WESTON TOWN CENTER, unofficially adopted.

Lazarus was rebranded as a Lazarus-Macy's on August 1, 2003 and a Macy's on March 6, 2005. The store was shuttered in July 2007. This created a stumbling block to any progress toward the revitalization of the shopping venue.

Alas, the WESTON TOWN CENTER project never got off the ground. Wisconsin-based Menard's home improvement centers expressed interest in building a new store at the site, but eventually cancelled this plan. The shopping center's downward spiral intensified.

By May 2011, the long-delayed reinvention of WESTLAND MALL was seeming to gain impetus once more. The 400 million dollar Hollywood Casino Columbus had been built on the site of an abandoned factory, which stood across Georgesville Road from the complex. Said casino opened October 8, 2012.

It was hoped that the new casino would serve as a catalyst for the long-delayed redevelopment of the moribund mall, which was shuttered in November 2012. An exterior-entranced Sears remained in business, but closed for good in September 2017.

Sources:

"Westland Mall" article on Wikipedia
The Columbus Dispatch
www.labelscar.com
Franklin County, Ohio tax assessor website
www.cinematreasures.org
http://www.movie-theatre.org / Mike Rivest
www.thekronegroup.com
Toledo's Woodville Mall



The original trademark of Toledo's first major shopping mall, circa-1969.
Graphic from the Edward J. DeBartlolo Corporation

The grand opening commemoration of the Glass City's WOODVILLE MALL, dated April 15, 1969. The first stores in the complex would open for business April 16.
Advert from The Toledo Blade

A circa-'69 site plan. The mall's developer, the Youngstown-based Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation, was quite prolific during this time frame. I have counted four malls that DeBartolo opened during 1969-'70 alone.


Although the original footprint of WOODVILLE MALL would never change, the shopping venue was given a face lift redo in the late 1980s. Its new Food Court is indicated in medium gray. An Anderson's store has also replaced a shuttered J.C. Penney.


Sears, a 1969 charter tenant, would be the final store to operate at the WOODVILLE MALL site. The store closed its doors for the last time in the summer of 2014.
Photo from www.loopnet.com

The WOODVILLE MALL Elder-Beerman started out as a Toledo-based LaSalle's in 1969. The store had a brief stint as a Macy's and received the nameplate seen here in 1985. It closed for good in the fall of 2009.
Photo from www.loopnet.com



J.C. Penney opened in April 1969 and was shuttered in June 1987. The space re-opened, as a Maumee, Ohio-based The Andersons, in October 1988. This closed in February 2013.
Photo from www.labelscar.com / "Prange Way"



The sky blue Center Court at WOODVILLE MALL was remodeled during the 1987 face lift. In the original mall, the area featured a large, shooting fountain with multicolored lights.
Photo from www.loopnet.com

An aerial view of Toledo's first major shopping mall, as it appeared in its better days. The shopping hub had been in deteriorating condition for several years, becoming a public hazard in the process. Its court-ordered demolition got underway in March 2014.
Photo from www.loopnet.com

A depiction of a demalled -and "lifestyled"- WOODVILLE MALL. This ambitious redevelopment proposal was never carried out.
Drawing from www.thekronegroup.com
WOODVILLE MALL
Woodville and Williston Roads
Northwood, Ohio

The first regional-class, fully-enclosed shopping complex in Greater Toledo, was also the ninth major retail facility developed by Youngstown, Ohio's Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation.

Ground was broken on an 89.8 acre site, located 5.6 miles southeast of the center city, in May 1967.  A "soft opening" was held April 16, 1969. By the end of the year, WOODVILLE MALL was fully-leased.

The single-level center encompassed 871,000 leasable square feet and was anchored by a 2-level (106,600 square foot), Toledo-based LaSalle's, 2-level (165,000 square foot) J.C. Penney and a 1-level (146,800 square foot) Sears.

F.W. Woolworth served as a junior anchor. Charter stores and services included Karmelkorn, Straus Bakery, Fanny Farmer Candies, Schubach Jewelers, Merry-Go-Round ladies' wear, Spencer Gifts, Orange Julius, Goodyear Tire & Appliance and the single-screen National General Corporation Fox Theatre at Woodville Mall.

WOODVILLE was the only regional mall on the east bank of the Maumee River. It had been built, in the late '60s, in anticipation of a population boom that never panned out.

Eventually, competition came from newer shopping facilities, such as FRANKLIN PARK MALL (1971) {10.9 miles northwest, in Toledo}, SOUTHWYCK CENTER (1972) {9.3 miles west, in Toledo} and NORTH TOWNE SQUARE (1980) {9.1 miles northwest, also in Toledo}. The fully-enclosed GREENWOOD MALL {9.6 miles northwest, in Toledo} had also opened in 1969. It was a community-class complex that provided no real competition to the larger WOODVILLE property.

The first anchor store rebranding at WOODVILLE MALL took place in 1982 when LaSalle's (owned by Macy's) was refitted with a Macy's nameplate. The store was shuttered and re-opened, as a Dayton-based Elder-Beerman, August 7, 1985.

J.C. Penney closed in June 1987. Maumee, Ohio-based The Andersons opened in the building September 1, 1988. Only the store's 104,700 square foot first level was utilized for retail. Its upper level was dedicated to offices and storage. The Andersons was not a traditional department store, per se, but was a grocery / building supply / lawn & garden outlet.

A 5 million dollar, mall-wide face lift had been announced in March 1987. New landscaping and skylights were installed and mall entrances rebuilt. Concourses were carpeted and the 13-bay Treats Food Court was fitted into vacant area in the West Wing. Center Court was also remodeled using an "old-fashioned town square" motif.

The renovation was completed in late 1987. Regretfully, it did not change the fortunes of the mall, whose decline had underway for some years. The Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group acquired the mall during their 1996 merger with the Debartolo Realty Corporation. Simon decided to unload the past-its-prime property.

WOODVILLE MALL was sold to Jack Kashani and Sammy Kahen, of Beverly Hills, California, in September 2004. They enlisted the Beachwood, Ohio-based Krone Group as a redevelopment and management agent.

A large-scale renovation was proposed, which was to include a full remodeling and retenanting of the mall. New office and residential space was to be added, as well as an ice rink and multiplex cinema. After the purchase of adjoining land and construction of a new access road into the existing complex, the redevelopment stalled-out.

A less ambitious plan advocated demolishing the mall proper and reworking its anchor stores into an open-air format. Like the first plan, this project was also abandoned.

The shuttering of Elder-Beerman, in September 2009, added an empty anchor space to the virtually vacant shopping center. Little Neck, New York's Mike Kohan acquired WOODVILLE MALL in November 2009. He initiated repairs to the roof and installed new flooring.

Twelve new stores and services opened during the spring of 2011 and a grand re-opening was held in May. New stores and services included CJ's Breakfast & Sandwich Shop, InProcess and MPWA Combat Sports. However, hopes that the mall would continue on an upward trajectory were dashed when Wood County and Northwood City inspectors toured the property in December 2011.

Several problems were found, including buckling floors, mold and mildew and collapsed and leaking roofs. It was also revealed that natural gas service to the mall had been disconnected. The unheated interior had an average temperature of 46 degrees. The Fox Theatre, by now a 4-plex, closed for good December 14, 2011.

A court injunction was filed December 16 that required for the mall to be shuttered. However, the exterior-entranced Sears and Andersons stores remained in business. Inline tenants were evicted in January 2012, with some relocating to the nearby GREAT EASTERN SHOPPING CENTER. The Andersons, concerned about the deteriorating condition of the mall, closed their store February 16, 2013.

The mall continued to deteriorate, and was eventually deemed a public hazard. A county judge ordered its demolition. A wrecking crew was brought in in March 2014. The mall structure was demolished, leaving three anchors standing. Sears, the last operational WOODVILLE MALL store, closed in July 2014. 

Sources:

www.labelscar.com
Wood County, Ohio tax assessor website
www.loopnet.com
www.cinematreasures.org
www.toledoblade.com
www.allbusiness.com
The Toledo Blade
www.13abc,com
Comment post by Patrick


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Toledo's Franklin Park Mall



The original trademark of T-Town's second shopping mall, which opened for business in the summer of 1971.
Graphic from the James Rouse Company

FRANKLIN PARK MALL, in its original tri-anchor configuration. The complex was to eventually feature one of the Rouse Company's early Food Courts. This would follow food facilities that had been installed in Greater Philadelphia's PLYMOUTH MEETING and New Jersey's PARAMUS PARK malls.

The west anchor of the shopping center opened, as a Detroit-based Hudson's, in July 1971. It operated under the Marshall Field's banner between August 2001 and September 2006. Today, it sports a Macy's nameplate.
Photo from Lucas County, Ohio 



J.C. Penney at FRANKLIN PARK MALL was also dedicated in July 1971. At the time of its opening, the '70s Brutalist structure was one of the largest stores in the chain. Today, it is Penney's 7th-largest location. 
Photo from Lucas County, Ohio 

The south anchor of the original FRANKLIN PARK MALL started out as a Toledo-based Lamson's. It became a Michigan-based Jacobson's in the mid-1970s. The building was demolished in early 2004.
Drawing from http://departmentstoremuseum.blogspot.com


For over 9 years, the shopping complex had four major anchors. The Toledo-based Lion Store, seen here, was added to the mall's northwest corner and opened in August 1993. It received a Dillard's nameplate in May 1999.
Photo from Lucas County, Ohio 

The Lion Store was built as part of a North Wing addition (shown in medium gray). An adjacent parking garage was also constructed. At the time of this 1993 plan, there were none other than three separate 5-plex cinemas in operation in the vicinity of the mall. This must have been mighty confusing for local movie fans!


The mall became a Westfield property in mid-2002. Its new Oz-based owner performed a second expansion between 2004 and 2005. This project consisted of a South Wing (shown in medium gray) and second parking garage. A new in-mall movie house (shown in blue) replaced all of the freestanding cinematic venues.

The south-facing facade at FRANKLIN PARK, as it appeared following the mall's early 2000s South Wing expansion. A Bravo! Cucina Italiana bistro is prominently positioned in the image.
Photo from https://starwoodretail.com (Starwood Retail Partners)


The Elephant Bar & Restaurant was another casual dining establishment added as part of the South Wing.
Photo from Lucas County, Ohio 


Dave & Buster's Grand Sports Cafe opened a FRANKLIN PARK store in late 2016.
Photo from www.shoppingfranklinparkmall.com


We conclude our FRANKLIN PARK image set with a circa-2017 plan. Westfield sold the mall in 2013. Proving that "everything old is new again", the complex soon took on its original name, FRANKLIN PARK MALL. With the unfortunate demise of its major mall-type competitors (SOUTHWYCKE CENTER and WOODVILLE MALL), FRANKLIN PARK is now proudly promoted as "the only enclosed mall in a 50 mile radius".