I decided to visit Rolling Acres Mall, since I happen to be driving by. It was a nice day, so why not? I live so close to the mall anyway. I’ve had such fond memories of the mall growing up, but I was well aware of what disrepair it had fell into. So, I suppose I wanted to document how it looked today.
The mall of my memories is no more. It is beyond saving.
Some people believe that it can be converted over to housing for the poor/homeless, business offices, or even a school of some sort. I am of the group of locals who believe now that the building is just blight, and needs to be removed. It’s so sad.
No matter what happens, I’m sure it will end up costing the Akron tax payers another arm and a leg. :/
What do you think should happen to Rolling Acres Mall?
INFO FROM WIKIPEDIA:
Rolling Acres Mall was a retail mall located in the Rolling Acres area of Akron, Ohio, United States. Built in 1975 and expanded several times in its history, it once comprised more than 140 stores, including five anchor stores, a movie theater and a food court. The mall was closed off in 2008, save for the only two anchors still in operation, Sears and JCPenney Outlet. However, in January 2011, Sears Holdings announced the Sears store would close by April 2011. In January 2011, JCPenney announced they would close all outlet stores including the Rolling Acres store. In October 2011, an independent company purchased all of JCPenney’s Outlet Stores with plans to rename them and continue to operate them. In October 2013, it was announced that JC’s 5 Star Outlet would close, and on December 31, 2013, the mall’s final retail store shuttered.
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