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New role for Rolling Acres
Shuttered mall may become office space
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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Store directories like this one hadn't been updated in a decade when the mall closed in 2008. Former anchors Sears and JCPenney (now an outlet center) still survive.
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Rolling Acres Mall in Akron has a new owner and hopes to have a new purpose.  After nearly a decade of decline only two stores, Sears and JC Penney, remain open.  Rather than retail, the new owners --  Premier Ventures of California -- hopes to house businesses such a call center or community college in the 600 –thousand square foot common area.  It’s a vision property manager Tim Dimoff worked hard to sell.

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“I grew up in Akron and I took this on not only as a business project but as a personal project because of the city I grew up in, and I’ve always believe that the Rolling Acres area could be brought back.”

Dimoff says the investment group paid 3 million dollars for Rolling Acres, which opened in 1975. 

Last month, a South African developer announced plans to convert another abandoned northeast Ohio mall --  Randall Park -- into a center for manufacturing and distribution, as well as exhibition space, theaters and Ohio Technical College classrooms.

 

 
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