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Kenwood Towne Centre

Kenwood Towne Centre
Kenwood Towne Centre south storefront
Location Cincinnati, Ohio
Opening date 1956 as Kenwood Plaza
1987–1988, re-opened as Kenwood Towne Centre'
Developer J.R. Williams / Western Development Corporation
Management General Growth Properties
Owner General Growth Properties
No. of stores and services 180[1]
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area 1,078,300 square feet (100,180 m2)
No. of floors 2 (Dillard's has 3)
Website www.kenwoodtownecentre.com

Kenwood Towne Centre is a shopping mall located at corner of Montgomery and Kenwood Roads, adjacent to Interstate 71, northeast of Cincinnati.

Presently encompassing 1,078,300 leasable square feet, and housing 180 stores and services, Kenwood Towne Centre is operated by Chicago-based, General Growth Properties. The mall includes retailers such as Restoration Hardware, Macy's, Brooks Brothers, Lacoste, Arhaus Furniture, Cheesecake Factory and Williams-Sonoma.[2]

Kenwood Towne Place is located behind the mall.

History

Originally known as Kenwood Plaza, the linear strip shopping center opened in 1956. At first, it was anchored only by Cincinnati-based McAlpin's. An H & S Pogue was in business by 1959. The PLAZA was situated on a 34-acre (140,000 m2) tract, north of downtown Cincinnati. The site is not located inside a physical city limits, but lies within Hamilton County's Sycamore Township, in an area commonly known as Kenwood.

Inline stores in the original Kenwood Plaza included W.T. Grant, Gray Drug, S.S. Kresge and Kroger and Alber's supermarkets.

The original center underwent a major renovation in the late 1980s. The eastern half of the structure was razed. The western portion, and the two anchor stores, were incorporated into the first phase of a 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2), enclosed shopping mall. Renamed Kenwood Towne Centre, it opened in October 1987.

The second phase of the project involved the construction of a second, 450,000-square-foot (42,000 m2) bi-level mall concourse, with Cincinnati-based Lazarus department store on its northern end. The newly remodeled shopping center, encompassing 1.1 million leasable square feet, was officially dedicated in late 1988.

Streetscape addition added in 2004.

The mall added LEGO store, which opened on May 21, 2009 (the first in Ohio), and a Teavana store.[3]

On April 20, 2011, a 12-year-old boy attempted to steal a car at the mall's parking lot. The incident happened at 7:00 PM, according to police. The boy was also seen approaching a Jeep Cherokee and told a man that he wanted the man's car. The suspect was later found inside an electronics store by mall cameras. The suspect was later arrested and charged with aggravated robbery and giving false information to police.[4]

Anchors

In 1983, Pogue's merged with their Indianapolis-based sister store L. S. Ayres and the store name changed accordingly. In 1988, L. S. Ayres closed all their Cincinnati locations. The Kenwood anchor was then sold to J.C. Penney. Birmingham-based Parisian purchased the location in 1993. That store closed in February 2007 after Parisian was purchased by Belk of Charlotte NC. This building was demolished to make way for a new Nordstrom store on the same site.

The original McAlpin's anchor was renamed Dillard's in 1998 after McAlpin's parent, Mercantile Stores was bought by Dillard's. The Lazarus store, built during the 1988 renovation, was renamed Lazarus-Macy's in 2003. The store fully adopted the Macy's name in 2005.

2000s renovations

A second phase of renovations, completed in 2005, expanded the Macy's to over 213,000 square feet (19,800 m2), and added an adjacent, multi-level parking garage to the rear of the store. More importantly, the entire south facade of the mall was expanded to create an exterior streetscape of restaurants and retail with more inviting entrance features, designed by local architecture and interior design firm FRCH Design Worldwide.

The latest remodeling got underway in early 2007. It consisted of the razing of the old Pogue's/Parisian anchor (on the mall's southwest end). This store was replaced by a 2-level (140,000 square foot), Seattle-based Nordstrom, which was dedicated September 25, 2009. An extension of the mall concourse designed by FRCH was created to access the new anchor.

Starting in the summer of 2012, a complete interior renovation began, also designed by FRCH, replacing the floor tile for the first time since the mall's opening. A more open and accessible food court area was also created.[5]

Upscale shopping

Kenwood Towne Centre had become Cincinnati's most upscale shopping mall by the late 1990s. In order for the center to remain in this position, the construction of a trendy, open-air "lifestyle" component began in 2003. This bi-level addition, known as the Streetscape, comprised 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) and was built onto the southern front of the existing mall, which faces Montgomery Road. It was completed in 2004, and added 12 new retail stores and restaurants.

Current anchor stores

  • Dillard's - Opened as McAlpin's in September 1956. Expanded twice during the 1960s. Now 240,600 square feet (22,350 m2).
  • Macy's - Opened as Lazarus in the fall of 1988. Converted to Lazarus-Macy's in 2003 and Macy's in March 2005. Expanded in 2005, with the newest addition signed as Macy's Men's. Now 276,600 square feet (25,700 m2).
  • Nordstrom - On site of H & S Pogue, opened April 1959. Demolished in 2007. Newly built Nordstrom opened in September 2009. 138,000 square feet (12,800 m2).

References

Notes
  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Top Stores, Shops, Brands in Cincinnati, Ohio". Kenwood Towne Centre. Retrieved 2013-08-15. 
  3. ^ "Lego, Teavana to open at Kenwood Towne Centre - Cincinnati Business Courier". Bizjournals.com. 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2013-08-15. 
  4. ^ "12-year-old accused of attempted carjacking - FOX19.com-Cincinnati News, Weather & Sports". Fox19.com. Retrieved 2013-08-15. 
  5. ^ "Renovations begin on Kenwood mall food court | Business | Eastside News". Eastside.fox19.com. 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2013-08-15. 
Bibliography
  • Mall Hall of Fame: Kenwood Plaza / Towne Centre July 2008 Archive

External links

  • Kenwood Towne Centre website

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