SouthPark Mall (Strongsville, Ohio)

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SouthPark Mall
SouthPark Mall Strongsville logo.jpg
Location Strongsville, Ohio, United States
Coordinates 41°18′30″N 81°49′13″W / 41.308333°N 81.820278°W / 41.308333; -81.820278Coordinates: 41°18′30″N 81°49′13″W / 41.308333°N 81.820278°W / 41.308333; -81.820278
Address 500 Southpark Center, Strongsville, OH 44136
Opening date October 1996
Developer The Richard E. Jacobs Group (original)
Management Starwood Retail Partners
Owner Starwood Capital Group
No. of stores and services 180+
No. of anchor tenants 7
Total retail floor area 1,654,292 square feet (153,688.8 m2)
No. of floors 2
Parking 7,253 parking spaces

SouthPark Mall is a bi-level shopping mall located in the Cleveland suburb of Strongsville, Ohio. Its anchor stores are Dillard's, Macy's, JCPenney, Kohl's, Sears, and Dick's Sporting Goods. It also includes a 14-screen Cinemark movie theater. At 1,654,292 square feet, SouthPark Mall is ranked 45th in the top 50 largest shopping malls in the United States.[1] The mall features more than 180 specialty shops and restaurants,[2] and is the largest retail destination in Greater Cleveland.[3]


As early as the 1960s, the intersection of Royalton Road (SR 82) and Howe Road in the rapidly expanding suburb was coveted for commercial use. A secret plan by former Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell to build a new stadium at the site was exposed by the media in the 1980s and subsequently scrapped. The land was eventually sold to the Richard E. Jacobs Group, which later unveiled its first plans for a major mall. The Higbee Company and May Company Ohio, Cleveland's two major department store companies, announced that they would join as anchors.

Ground was broken in 1995, with the $200 million SouthPark Center opening in October 1996. The completed center included not only Dillard’s (the renamed Higbee’s) and Kaufmann’s (the renamed May Company) department stores, but also J. C. Penney’s, Sears, over 100 retailers, an elegant food court, and a grand porte cochere — a massive extended greeting canopy above its main entrance. Kohl's was also an anchor, though on the outlying perimeter road surrounding the mall. The project also made allowances for an eventual fifth mall anchor store location, later to become Dick's Sporting Goods, plus substantial peripheral development.

Situated about SouthPark’s site perimeter are a former Giant Eagle Supermarket, Office Max, Kohl’s, The Cleveland Clinic, restaurants, KeyBank, and a fitness center. The shopping center is noteworthy for its coordinated upscale architectural treatment and lush landscaping. Its interior is roofed by grand barrel-vaulted truss-work and plentiful skylights over lush plantings. The center has proven a very strong draw and popular destination for local and regional residents alike.

Westfield Group acquired the shopping center in early 2002 from the Richard E. Jacobs Group, [4] and renamed it "Westfield Shoppingtown SouthPark", dropping the "Shoppingtown" name in June 2005. In 2006 it commenced a massive $150 million expansion and reconfiguration of the center, thus adding 25 upscale shops and restaurants, a rear porte cochere entrance, and a 14-screen Cinemark movie theater. Dick's Sporting Goods was also added at this time to become the mall's fifth anchor store.[5]

On April 2012, the mall was sold to Starwood Capital Group, along with seven other Westfield properties.[6] As a result, Starwood changed the name to SouthPark Mall.[7]


Junior anchors[edit]

  • H&M (21,057 sq ft.)
  • The Shoe Dept. Encore (20,000 sq ft.)
  • Forever 21 (16,307 sq ft.)

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