Originally positioned to be Akron’s first indoor mall, Chapel Hill lost that distinction to nearby Summit Mall. The property features three anchor locations, previously occupied by Sears, Macy’s, and J.C. Penney. In early 2020, J.C. Penney announced that it would be closing, leaving the mall anchorless. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated statewide closure of non-essential businesses delayed this from April until May 27th. J.C. Penney would open again briefly, but reclose for good in early July. The property had also hosted a 5-screen General Cinemas theater until a new 8-screen multiplex opened nearby.
Unique features include a carousel, water fountain, and distinctive ceiling art. Chapel Hill was threatened with several utility shutoffs during 2019, but was able to avoid being forced to close. The mall’s current owner, Kohan Retail Investment Group, also owns Richmond Town Square and Ashtabula Town Square.
Name: Chapel Hill Mall
Location: Akron, Ohio
Developer: Forest City Enterprises & R.B. Buchholzer
Year Completed: 1967
Square Footage: 860,000 sq ft
Owner: Industrial Commercial Properties