Belden Village Mall
|Location||Jackson Township, Ohio, USA|
|Address||4230 Belden Village Mall, Canton, OH 44718|
|Developer||Richard E. Jacobs|
|Management||Starwood Capital Group|
|Owner||Starwood Retail Partners|
|No. of stores and services||100|
|No. of anchor tenants||3|
|Total retail floor area||890,000 ft²|
|No. of floors||1|
Belden Village Mall opened October 1, 1970 as a fully enclosed shopping center. Encompassing over 800,000 leasable square feet, it was anchored by O'Neil's, Sears and Higbee's. The latter operated until 1992 when it was rebranded by Dillard's. O'Neil's was merged into May Company Ohio in 1989, which in turn became Kaufmann's in 1993.
Belden Village underwent a minor facelift in 1989. The food court was adorned in pastel colored flags hanging from the ceiling, along with updates to tenant signage. Major entrances were refreshed with glass atriums. The Kaufmann's store was renamed Macy's on September 9, 2006.
Outlot businesses have been added at different times to the mall. These include a Sears Auto Center, Chili's Bar & Grille which opened in 1986, Bravo Cucina, a restaurant opening in 2006, and Max & Erma's, a restaurant opening in 2005. After many years of ownership by Cleveland developers The Jacobs Group, the Westfield Group acquired the shopping center in early 2002, and renamed it "Westfield Shoppingtown Belden Village", dropping the "Shoppingtown" name in June 2005. In November 2013 Starwood Retail Partners purchased several Westfield properties including Belden Village. The mall name returned to "Belden Village Mall".
Plans for expansion
Over the years, there have been many rumors surrounding the mall and its plans for expansion. Some of those rumors included the addition of a miniature golf course to the roof of the structure, parking decks and the closure of the North-facing entrance. In 1995, anchor tenant Sears expanded to include an entire second floor constructed atop the existing building.
- Dillard's (191,000 sq. ft.) (opened 1970 as Higbee's, converted to Dillard's in 1992)
- Macy's (131,005 sq. ft.) (opened 1970 as O'Neil's, then converted to May Company Ohio in 1989, later converted to Kauffmann's in 1993, now converted to Macy's in 2006)
- Sears (188,184 sq. ft.) (opened 1970 as original major store)
- Best Place to Shop in Stark County - 2007