The Shoppes at Parma

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The Shoppes at Parma
The center of the old Parmatown Mall (now demolished for revamping)
Location Parma, Ohio, USA
Address 7899 West Ridgewood Drive, Parma, Ohio 44129
Opening date 1956 (enclosed c. 1965; open-air mall c. 2017)
Management Phillips Edison & Co.
Owner Phillips Edison & Co.
No. of stores and services 50+
No. of anchor tenants 7 (1st floors- Gordman's Target, Giant Eagle, Marc's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Walmart (currently being renovated into a supercenter) 2nd floors- JCPenney, Kohl's)
Total retail floor area 991,600 sq ft (92,120 m2)
No. of floors 1 (2 in JCPenney and Kohl's)

The Shoppes at Parma, formerly Parmatown Mall, is a shopping mall located in Parma, Ohio, (being renovated to being an outdoor shopping mall, like Crocker Park) approximately 10 miles (16 km) south of Cleveland. It is located at the southwest corner of State Route 3 and Ridgewood Drive in southern Cuyahoga County. It is anchored by J.C. Penney, Walmart and other stores. The mall opened as a shopping plaza in 1956 and was enclosed in the mid-1960s. Its original anchors were Higbee's and May Company. Higbee's became Dillard's in 1992, and closed in 2000. The old Higbee's structure was demolished and replaced with a new Walmart in 2004. May Company became Kaufmann's in 1992 and Kaufmann's became Macy's in 2006. A Kresge also served as a fourth anchor store until it was closed in the early 1980s to make way for an expansion. Parts of the original plaza remain open-air, with Chuck E. Cheese's and Marc's as major tenants. It has about 50+ stores. The mall was renovated in the early 2000s. The mall is currently being renovated to be an outdoor shopping center, with the interior demolished for store fronts.

From 1967 to 2004, a five-screen cinema operated in the Dillard's wing of the mall. General Cinema opened the Parmatown Theater with two screens, which was unheard of at the time. A third screen opened in the 1970s, along with two more in the 1980s. General Cinema closed the theater in 2001. A year later, a chain known as Cinema Grill leased the theater, renovated the front lobby, and made modifications to allow customers to eat meals while watching movies. When Cinema Grill was evicted due to lack of rent payments, Cleveland Cinemas stepped in and took over. In August 2004, Cleveland Cinemas was asked to leave the mall to allow a Dick's Sporting Goods to be built in its spot.[1] Its last day of operation was August 11, 2004.

On December 16, 2009 a small fire closed Parmatown Mall for a few hours. Borders Express closed their store in January 2010.

On July 6, 2011 the Parmatown's lender filed for receivership due to loan service default from RMS Enterprises, a venture formed by the founding Ratner, Miller, and Shafran families of Forest City Enterprises Inc.

On March 26, 2013, Parmatown's new owner, Phillips Edison & Co., announced that the soon-to-be-renovated Parmatown will have a new name: "The Shoppes at Parma". The reconstruction/renovation of the shopping center began during the summer of 2013.[2]

On January 4, 2012 Macy's announced the Parmatown store would close in early 2012.[3] Demolition of the store began on January 29, 2014.

In 2014, Dicks Sporting Goods announced that in order for the 2017 mall replacement project to work, they would relocate their Parmatown store to the former Macys spot. The former store was closed and Demolition started in July 2015.

A project announced in 2015 will convert the entire mall to an open-air center by 2017.[4]

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  • Macy's (2006-2012)
  • Dillard's (replaced Higbee's store, 1992-2000, replaced by Walmart) in 2004
  • May Company (became Kaufmann's in 1992)
  • Kaufmann's (became Macy's in 2006)


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Coordinates: 41°22′57″N 81°44′30″W / 41.382613°N 81.741575°W / 41.382613; -81.741575