Summit Mall

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Summit Mall
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The mall's center court.
LocationFairlawn, Ohio, United States
Coordinates41°07′56″N 81°37′06″W / 41.13216°N 81.61830°W / 41.13216; -81.61830Coordinates: 41°07′56″N 81°37′06″W / 41.13216°N 81.61830°W / 41.13216; -81.61830
Opening dateOctober 28, 1965; 55 years ago (October 28, 1965) [1]
DeveloperEdward J. DeBartolo Sr. (DeBartolo Corporation)
ManagementSimon Property Group
OwnerSimon Property Group
No. of stores and services107 [2]
No. of anchor tenants3
Total retail floor area776,821 sq ft (72,169.0 m2)
No. of floors1 (2 in Macy's and Dillard's)
Websitesimon.com/mall/summit-mall

Summit Mall is a one-story, 776,821-square-foot (72,169.0 m2) [3] enclosed shopping mall located at 3265 W. Market Street in the Akron suburb of Fairlawn. While its mailing address is Akron, the mall is located in Fairlawn.[4]

Edward J. DeBartolo Sr.'s DeBartolo Corporation built the mall,[3] which opened on October 28, 1965.[1] Today, it is owned by Simon Property Group. Currently, Summit Mall comprises more than 107 stores and a food court; anchor stores include Macy's and two Dillard's locations.

History[edit]

DeBartolo Corporation developed Summit Mall. First announced in 1963, the mall opened to the public in 1965. The original anchor stores were Cleveland, Ohio-based Halle Brothers Co. and two other department stores both based in Akron: O'Neil's and Polsky's. Other major tenants included Woolworth, Kroger, and Acme Markets.[5]

After Halle's 1982 shutdown, their location was transferred to Higbee's, which operated the store until it was taken over by Dillard's in late 1992. It was a full-line location (without housewares) until 1998 when the men's department relocated to the top floor of the former Polsky's / Jewel Mart space (see below). When Dillard's took possession of the North store, the men's department and housewares relocated back to the south store which was renovated in 2005–2006.

O'Neil's became May Company Ohio in 1989, Kaufmann's in 1993, and Macy's in 2006.

After Polsky's closed, Jewel Mart occupied the main floor level. In July 1986, a Dallas businessman proposed opening a laser tag facility in the basement of the former Polksy's.[6] By July 1990, Rizzi's Ristorante and Pizzeria and Charlotte's West occupied the space on the half-vacant lower level.[7] Jewel Mart was gone by 1991 and the top floor remained vacant until Dillard's moved their men's store and started a housewares department on the upper level in 1998. Rizzi's and Charlotte's West were both gone by 2004, giving Dillard's the opportunity to renovate both floors as a Dillard's Women's store.

Summit Mall used to include a small movie theater. In July 1989, National Theatre Corporation (now Regal Entertainment Group) closed the two-screen theater at the mall when General Cinemas opened up a new theater at West Market Plaza. National Theater Corp. later opened a new theater in Montrose.[8] In January 2013 Williams Sonoma announced it would close its location in the mall.[9] Four years later, Ann Taylor announced that it will close at the mall.[10] In 2021, the mall announced that the new stores will have plans.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-29. Retrieved 2009-01-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Akron Ohio Historical Timeline 1950-1999. Retrieved August 16, 2006.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-08-26. Retrieved 2006-07-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Simon Property Group: Summit Mall . Retrieved July 30, 2006.
  3. ^ a b "East Side Malls" The Plain Dealer February 22, 2004. Retrieved July 31, 2006.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-08-25. Retrieved 2006-08-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) City of Fairlawn Zoning Map. Retrieved August 21, 2006.
  5. ^ "An old friend: area residents watched and shared in mall project". Akron Beacon Journal. October 27, 1965. pp. E3. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  6. ^ Geiger, Peter. "Laser Game Proposed at Summit Mall." Akron Beacon Journal. July 9, 1986: D3.
  7. ^ Murphey, Frances B. "Summit Mall Rizzi's has Jazz On its Menu 3 Nights a Week." Akron Beacon Journal. February 1, 1991: D18.
  8. ^ Rhoden, Yalinda. "Malls Mean More Than Shopping To Attract Customers, Managers Must Provide Them Plenty of Amenities." Akron Beacon Journal. October 7, 1991: D1.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2013-01-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Ann Taylor closing at Fairlawn's Summit Mall". cleveland.com. Retrieved 23 April 2018.

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