Great Northern Mall (Ohio)

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Great Northern Mall
Location North Olmsted, Ohio, United States
Coordinates 41°25′02″N 81°54′20″W / 41.41722°N 81.90556°W / 41.41722; -81.90556[1]
Address 4954 Great Northern Mall, North Olmsted, OH 44070
Opening date 1976
Developer Biskind Development Company
Management Starwood Retail Partners
Owner Starwood Capital Group
No. of stores and services 120
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 1.2 million ft²
No. of floors 1 (2 in JCPenney, Sears, and Dick's Sporting Goods, 3 in Macy's, and Dillard's)
Public transit access Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

Great Northern Mall, is a single-level enclosed shopping mall in North Olmsted, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. Its anchor stores are Macy's, Dillard's, Sears, J. C. Penney and Dick's Sporting Goods.


Originally, a small outdoor shopping center was opened by Saul Biskind[2] in 1958[3] on what was a field of strawberries. The plaza contained a Sears (west end), F. W. Woolworth Company (center west), and a Pick-N-Pay grocery store (east end), along with a small-scale J.C. Penney and other stores. A freestanding May Company Cleveland store was built to the east of the original plaza in 1965.[4]

The enclosed mall was opened in 1976[3] and attached to the east end of the existing May Company building. It featured new, larger J. C. Penney and Sears stores. In 1980, Hexalon Real Estate—an affiliate of what is now Unibail-Rodamco—became an investor in the mall. The 1980s saw the opening of the Plaza South attached to the original strip (now renamed the Plaza) and the 1987 addition of the award-winning South Court to the mall.[5] Additionally, 2 mid-level hotels and several office facilities, such as Corporate Center and Technology Park, were built proximal to the retail facilities. These served to feed customers into the Mall and Plazas, as did the strategic location near Lorain Road, Brookpark Road, Great Northern Boulevard, and Interstate 480.

In 1991, Hexalon bought out the remaining Biskind stake in the mall[6] and undertook a significant upgrade and remodel in 1992. It hired The Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation as its management company[6] until 2000, when Rodamco's Urban Shopping Centers assumed management. The Biskind family, which had retained the Plazas,[6] eventually sold them to DDR Corp. in 1997.[7]

May Company Cleveland was renamed Kaufmann's in 1993, and became Macy's in 2006.[8] The Westfield Group acquired the shopping center in early 2002, and renamed it "Westfield Shoppingtown Great Northern." Dillard's was added in April 2003, expanding the South Court into a full-fledged new wing. Westfield dropped "Shoppingtown" from the mall's name in June 2005, around the time that a newly built 84,000 square foot Dick's Sporting Goods opened.

The original food court, which had been located between Sears and J. C. Penney, was moved adjacent to Dick's in 2011.[5] In March 2013, construction began at site of the original food court for a 10-screen Regal Entertainment Group movie theater, three new restaurants, and extra renovations; this addition was completed by December of that year.[9] The mall was sold to Starwood Retail Partners, a subsidiary of Starwood Capital Group, in the midst of construction.[10]


  1. ^ "GNIS Detail - Great Northern Mall Shopping Center". 
  2. ^ "Toledo Blade - Google News Archive Search". 
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ "Gathering of business men and women for groundbreaking ceremony :: Cleveland Press Collection". 
  5. ^ a b "MALL HALL OF FAME". 
  6. ^ a b c "Elyria Chronicle Telegram, July 1, 1991, Page 3". 1 July 1991. 
  7. ^ "Developers Diversified Realty Corporation and Biskind controlled retail entities join forces. - Free Online Library". 
  8. ^ "North Olmsted Macy’s store is thriving according to Westfield Great Northern Mall officials". 
  9. ^ "10-screen Regal cinema and new restaurants open at Great Northern Mall this week (photo gallery)". 
  10. ^ "Two Northeast Ohio malls set to change hands as part of $1.6 billion Westfield-Starwood deal". 

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