Lima Mall in March 2014.
|Address||2400 Elida Road|
|Developer||Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr.|
|Owner||Simon Property Group|
|No. of stores and services||65|
|No. of anchor tenants||5|
|Total retail floor area||742,000 square feet|
|No. of floors||1 (2 in Elder-Beerman)|
Lima Mall opened in 1965. Originally 166,000 square feet in size, the mall was one of the first smaller, regional centers built by Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr.. Lazarus was added as an anchor in 1971. Another anchor, a local department store called The Leader, was sold to Elder-Beerman in the mid-1970s. An F. W. Woolworth Company store closed at the mall in mid-1997. The Lazarus store became Lazarus-Macy's in 2003, then dropped the Lazarus name in 2005.
In January 2013, Old Navy moved from its existing store to a space previously occupied by New York & Company, with The Shoe Department Encore replacing Old Navy's former store. Parent company The Bon-Ton announced that it would close the Elder-Beerman in the mall in late 2015.
Over the years, the Lima Mall has seen lots of changes. The focal point of the mall in years past was a large stone fountain which was in the center of the mall and there was also a small fountain in front of Elder Beerman. These fountains were removed in the late 1990s. The mall also used to be home to many local events such as the annual home show, family fun fair, farm show, and car show. These events drew in thousands of people, but unfortunately are no longer activities held on the premises. The MCL cafeteria also used to be a landmark in the Lima Mall. This was a family dining place that saw much of its business on Friday and Saturday nights. Once again, it is another place that no longer is in business at the Lima Mall. Changing times, technology, and tastes have contributed to many of these past treasures no longer being around.
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