Rolling Acres Mall

photo of Rolling Acres Mall
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An Akron councilman is questioning the city’s proposal to demolish the former JC Penney store at Rolling Acres Mall.

The company agreed to donate the vacant building to the city, which sparked debate at the City Council meeting yesterday.

The spokeswoman for Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, Ellen Lander Nischt, says the building is in poor condition, has asbestos and would be hard to keep secure. She says the city wants the building torn down.

photo of Macy's Chapel Hill
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The impending closure of Sears at Chapel Hill Mall is spurring talks between Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, and the mayors of nearby Cuyahoga Falls and Tallmadge. Horrigan says he has reached out to discuss what the future of the mall may be once Sears closes this spring. He says he also reached out to the mayors last year when Macy's closed its Chapel Hill store.

photo of Macy's Chapel Hill
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Chapel Hill Mall in Akron continues to lose tenants, but one of its three anchors may not be empty for long.

Several stores – including Old Navy -- have left the mall since January. The FYE music and video store closes today, and Macy’s closed on Saturday.

Crystal Davis from Akron was at Macy’s on its final day, and sees parallels with the shuttered Rolling Acres Mall.

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