North Towne Square

North Towne Square
Location Toledo, Ohio, United States
Opening date 1980
Closing date 2005
Developer Simon Property Group
No. of stores and services 50+ when open
No. of anchor tenants 3 (all vacant)
Total retail floor area 758,000 square feet (70,420.5 m2)[1]
No. of floors 1 (2 in anchors)

North Towne Square Mall was a shopping mall in Toledo, Ohio, United States. It opened in 1980 on the north side of Toledo, adjacent to the Michigan state border. Originally, the mall featured three major anchor stores, as well as several shops and restaurants, plus a movie theater. Changes in demographics and consolidations of anchor stores over time caused the mall to decline. By 2005, it was closed off except for a fitness center operating out of the former Montgomery Ward store, which is still in operation as of January 2011.



North Towne Square was developed in 1980 by Simon Property Group of Indianapolis, Indiana. The mall was located on the north side of Toledo, on Telegraph Road (US-24) less than a mile from the Michigan/Ohio state line. Originally, its anchor stores included local chains LaSalle's and the Lion Store, as well as Montgomery Ward. After only two years in business at North Towne Square, LaSalle's was later rebranded into a Macy's, who had owned the chain since 1924. The former Macy's stores were sold to Elder-Beerman in 1984.

Because of its proximinty to the Michigan border, the mall drew customers from southeastern Michigan as well. The 1988 opening of Frenchtown Square Mall in Monroe, Michigan significantly reduced the amount of traffic coming from Michigan to North Towne. Expansions at Franklin Park Mall (now Westfield Franklin Park), and a declining economy in Toledo, both factored into North Towne Square's demise as well.[1] Many of North Towne Square's chain tenants moved to Franklin Park or Frenchtown Square, being replaced by local stores.

Loss of anchor stores

Elder-Beerman filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1995. As a condition of emerging from bankruptcy, Elder Beerman reduced operations at its North Towne store: first closing off the store's restaurant, and then by converting the upper level to a clearance center before the store was closed in 1997. Two years later, Dillard's acquired all of The Lion Store's locations in Toledo and converted them to the Dillard's name. The mall's movie theater complex was also closed by the late 1990s. Montgomery Ward closed its store at North Towne Square in 2000 as part of bankruptcy procedures. Two years later, Dillard's closed as well, leaving the mall without an anchor store.

Energy Zone(EZ): TV Show

In December 2001, a new club called the energy zone was revealed. The dance club drew hundreds of youths on weekends, according to Nosa Oviahon and his wife, Robin. It was open Friday nights for ages 13 to 15 and Saturdays for those 16 to 20. .[2] By the end of the year the club became a TV show on TV5 (CW,formally the WB) Originally hosted by Eric Yuhaus , Dj Zman and finally Greg Michaels; radio personality and tv host. A popular persona and widely considered the last hope for the show and club. However due to internal disagreements within the shows management Michaels quit the show.. The club was closed in 2003.

Redevelopment and closure

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The mall in January 2011

In 2003, the mall was renamed Lakeside Centre as part of a redevelopment plan. Although new stores such as Bath & Body Works and MC Sports had opened, these were short-lived, and closed within a year. The remaining tenants' leases were terminated in early 2005. By February of that year, the entire complex was closed, as its owners decided that electrical costs were too high to keep the largely vacant complex open.[3] During the last 5 months prior to closure and after the mall's closure, a portion of the parking lot was used to store the excess inventory at a nearby Chrysler dealership.

Wal-Mart proposed building a store on the site of the vacant mall in 2007. These plans were opposed by David Ball, candidate for City Council.[4]

On February 24, 2010, Toledo issued a Notice of Condemnation by Mayor Mike Bell and David Golis, P.E. Chief of Building, there were roofs caving in, and now the city has demanded the owners to pay heavily for unpaid fines, or else they would close the mall. The two main causes were A water main break has done damage to adjacent businesses (mainly Super Fitness Center), and owing delinquent taxes near $86,000 dollars.[5] The city has ordered the mall's owners, who are based in California, to repair all areas that have been damaged by water as a result of the water line break. The clean-up would include removal of all evidence of mold inside the building.[6] The contract seemed to be invalid because it was named North Towne Square, instead of Lakeside Centre. However the case is still pending. Super Fitness Center, is caught in the middle, because although not necessary connected to the mall, the demolition and the political management on the deterioration are affecting the owners strategic management for the Fitness Centre.[7]


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