Easton Town Center
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|No. of stores and services||~240|
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|Total retail floor area||1,643,348 square feet (152,672.0 m2)|
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Easton Town Center ("Easton") is a large mixed-use town center in northeast Columbus, Ohio, United States. It is designed to look like a classic American main street with public spaces, fountains, a street grid, and metered storefront parking.
A real estate project of Les Wexner, the founder, chairman and CEO of nearby Limited Brands, Easton comprises 1,800,000 square feet (170,000 m2) of retail space built upon approximately 90 acres (360,000 m2) within a larger 1,300-acre (5 km2) development. The 90-acre (360,000 m2) retail development was co-developed by The Georgetown Company and Steiner + Associates, with M+A Architects serving as the Architect of Record, while the overall 1,300-acre (5 km2) Easton area is a partnership between Limited Brands and The Georgetown Company. Easton Town Center is currently leased and managed by Steiner + Associates.
- 1990–1998: Planning and infrastructure development
- 1996: Easton Market, Target & Lowe's
- 1997: Chase Manhattan Residential Mortgage HQ; Easton Chiller (One of the home arenas of the Columbus Blue Jackets, not to be confused with the NHL team of the same name, but the special needs Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team.  They play at not only the one in Easton Center, but the other Chiller locations in Dublin, Chiller IceWorks in Worthington, and Lewis Center.
- 1998: Easton Oval; Sports Barn; Soccer Fields open 55 acres (220,000 m2)
- 1999: Easton Town Center Phase I; Easton Hilton
- 2000: Easton Commons Apartments; Marriott Residence Inn
- 2001: Expansion (Phase II) Fashion District; acquisition of 100 acres (0.4 km2) for development
- 2003: Easton Commons Phase II; Marriott Courtyard
- 2004: Easton exceeds 30,000 jobs created; $80 million in taxes annually
- 2005: Lane Bryant Headquarters open at Easton bringing total office development over 3,000,000 sf
- 2006: Germain Luxury Auto Center
- 2007: The Offices at Easton Station; Alliance Data Systems
- 2008: Safe Auto HQ opens, completing development of Easton Oval
- 2009: Easton generates over $120 million in taxes annually
Phase I (the South District) opened in the summer of 1999. It now includes tenants such as AMC, Forever XXI, Crate & Barrel, The Cheesecake Factory, Restoration Hardware, Barnes and Noble, Brio Tuscan Grille, PF Chang's, J.Crew, Panera Bread, Abercrombie & Fitch, Starbucks, Gap, Williams-Sonoma, Lacoste, White House Black Market, Talbots and Pottery Barn. (It once contained a Virgin Megastore, which closed in May 2004 and was replaced by Crate & Barrel. During construction of Crate & Barrel the South Garage was built to expand the number of parking spaces.) The South District hosts outdoor concerts, holiday events and an interactive water fountain on its Town Square, and also features a large outdoor train set, The Easton Express.
Phase II (the "Fashion District") opened in the fall of 2001. It includes tenants such as Tiffany & Co., McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, Nordstrom, Macy's, The Apple Store, Express, Bon Vie Bistro & Bar, Abuelos, Henri Bendel, Coach, Smith & Wollensky, Godiva, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Tommy Bahama, BCBG Max Azria, Anthropologie, Brighton Collectibles, The Limited, J. Jill, American Eagle, Brookstone, Così, Aveda, DELiA*s, L'Occitane en Provence, Gymboree, and Victoria's Secret. The North District is also home to a large circular fountain.
The first ever Hollister Co. store was opened in 2000 at Easton. HOMAGE opened its 2nd retail location in the summer of 2012.
Throughout 2013, Easton Town Center has added Texas de Brazil, Groovy Spoon, Kate Spade, Tumi, True Religion, C Wonder, Tesla Motors and a family-friendly new Fenlon Square district, featuring American Girl, Rusty Bucket, Fuzziwigs Candy Factory, and more.
In November 2000, Easton Town Center received the Professional Groups Management Honor Award from the Professional Grounds Management Society & Landscape Management Magazine.
In 2003, Easton Town Center received the Business First award for #1 Shopping Center in Greater Columbus.
In 2003, Easton Town Center Received the America's Best Restroom award for having family-friendly restrooms.
In 2008, Easton Town Center received the 36th Annual Landscape Awards Grand Award from Ohio Nursery & landscape Association.
In 2009, Easton Town Center Received the International Council of Shopping Centers Foundation award for US Community Support Award for the Central Region
In 2011, Easton Town Center was listed as Top Five Most Innovative Malls in the World list, according to the trade publication Inside Retail.
Expansion at Easton Town Center included the addition of Tiffany & Co. and the expansion of Henri Bendel on the northeast corner of the Central Park Fountain. These projects have been completed and are now open.
New restaurants to Easton Town Center include Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant and World of Beer in 2012 and Texas de Brazil in 2013.
A new 1,000 car parking garage south of Macy's opened in late spring of 2013.
An 11,500-square-foot American Girl store, complete with a café and doll salon, opened in June of 2013. It is located near the passageway leading to the Macy’s parking garage.
In July, 2013, denim label True Religion is opened a 1,500-square-foot store near Express, and luggage company Tumi is opened a 1,300-square-foot store next to Anthropologie.
In December, 2013, Tesla Motors will open its first store in Ohio, a 2,600-square-foot showroom featuring the all-electric Model S.
The Easton Gateway development is Easton’s newest district, featuring retail and dining, with continuous store openings throughout Fall, 2013 and Spring, 2014. With 500,000 square feet of specialty retail, restaurants and service tenants, Easton Gateway strives to deliver an enhanced shopping experience. Costco, the country’s premier membership warehouse club, is already open for business with Sak’s Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Whole Foods and REI coming soon as the large format offerings at Easton Gateway.
Easton has an age-restricted curfew of 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. People under age 16 are not permitted in the interior areas of the center without an adult present. People over 16 are permitted if they present valid government-issued photo identification.
- Official site
- m+a architects, Architect of record
- The Georgetown Company, project developer
- Steiner + Associates, project developer
- Bluejackets Special Hockey Official Website