Rolling Acres Mall opened in 1975 in the Rolling Acres area of Akron, Ohio. It started with 21 stores but through the next 2 decades it expanded multiple times reaching more than 140 stores, including five anchor stores, a movie theater and a food court.
The mall’s demise began in the late 1990’s when it started losing stores. Two of its anchor stores, Dillard’s and JCPenney, were downgraded to clearance centers in 1997 and 1999. In 2000 the mall was sold to Bankers Trust who gave the mall a new logo as well as a website. The mall’s cinema -closed since 1993- reopened again only to be closed once more 2 years later.
In 2006, big stores started leaving Rolling Acres. Target, Dillard’s Clearance Center and Macy’s were all closed by 2008. The only stores to remain in operation by the end of the year in the now empty mall were Sears and JCPenney Outlet. Both of them finally moved out in December 2013. Since then, the abandoned Rolling Acres Mall has changed owners multiple times. None of them were able to reopen it.