Why is SouthPark Mall Flourishing after 20 Years?

by Mary Kilpatrick

Strongsville, OH – Once, a white two-story farmhouse sat in a green field in a far-flung suburb. Then Southpark Mall transformed the muddy, bucolic spot into a great shopping Oz, presiding over a court of big box stores and chain restaurants. At the grand opening in October 1996, men in tuxedos greeted guests with glasses of champagne with floating strawberries. “Once inside the two-level, 1.2 million square foot mall, visitors were treated to tables that included shrimp, caviar, turkey, pasta, fruit, drinks and desserts to die for,” a Sun Star Courier article reads. “The invitation only event was filled with state and local dignitaries.”

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