News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Hospice of the Western Reserve

Metro RTA


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Economy and Business


New role for Rolling Acres
Shuttered mall may become office space
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


Reporter / Host
Jeff St. Clair
 
Store directories like this one hadn't been updated in a decade when the mall closed in 2008. Former anchors Sears and JCPenney (now an outlet center) still survive.
Courtesy of Flickr
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Rolling Acres Mall in Akron has a new owner and hopes to have a new purpose.  After nearly a decade of decline only two stores, Sears and JC Penney, remain open.  Rather than retail, the new owners --  Premier Ventures of California -- hopes to house businesses such a call center or community college in the 600 –thousand square foot common area.  It’s a vision property manager Tim Dimoff worked hard to sell.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:14)


“I grew up in Akron and I took this on not only as a business project but as a personal project because of the city I grew up in, and I’ve always believe that the Rolling Acres area could be brought back.”

Dimoff says the investment group paid 3 million dollars for Rolling Acres, which opened in 1975. 

Last month, a South African developer announced plans to convert another abandoned northeast Ohio mall --  Randall Park -- into a center for manufacturing and distribution, as well as exhibition space, theaters and Ohio Technical College classrooms.

 

Listener Comments:

I'm born and raised in Akron, OH, and I think bringing Rolling Acres back into a successful place is a great thing for the area. I remember as a little kid we would shop there and my dance studio would put on performances there during the holidays and then suddenly we weren't allowed to go there anymore because the crime had made it unsafe. Turn it into something that gives back to the community, Akron needs it.


Posted by: Corinne (Cary, NC) on December 7, 2010 10:12AM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook





Stories with Recent Comments

ResponsibleOhio leader says the state is trying to set Issue 3 up for failure
Ohio suppose to believe that a group of investors were united under one cause to legalize marijuana.Once legal they all of sudden turn into 10 different compani...

Terry Pluto: U of A's new athletic director has the toughest job in town
It is a hard sell. The Students do not want to go to the football games and they do not want to pay for the program. They have a lot of student loan debt and t...

Akron considering the future of the B.F. Goodrich smokestacks
This BFGoodrich alumna says, "Thank you, Dave Lieberth!"

State creates panel to look at Ohio charter school sponsors
It is more than disturbing that charter schools, which seemed like a good idea years ago, have begun to cripple public school education.

DEVO mural in Akron is now on display downtown
The installation is not at the former site of Chili Dog Mac. CDM was one block north on the other side of Main St.

New report shows growth in white collar jobs for Northeast Ohio
Unfortunately, there are fewer jobs in comparison to the number of professionals applying for them. I have been had a full time job since June 2012. In order to...

Advocacy group: Ohio could lead in clean energy
Ohio Legislators, You are supposed to be our leaders but you're not taking us where we want to go - where we need to go!

Campaign for and against marijuana legalization begins
Cannabis legalization needs to happen as soon as possible! But not if it gives monopolies to a selected few to grow and sell the herb. Responsible Ohio's mono...

Heinen's in downtown Cleveland sponsors a contest for food entrepreneurs
Love that this took place right here! What a way to support local. Thank you Heinens! Love this quote, as a small local biz, I agree, it's big!! "To be a small...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University