TOWER PLACE MALL AT CAREW TOWER: CINCINNATI, OH
User submitted December 26, 2012
This is an interesting mall because of it's location in downtown Cincinnati, which has seen a lot of re-investment in the past few years. I think it would be interesting to do a case study on this mall's history because it isn't in the suburbs, and because of how much is going on around it. So here are just a couple links to get you started if you haven't started researching this already:
Erica Renihan's Commentary
User submitted August 30, 2018
In the early 90s I worked at a bank that was located in Tower Place Mall. On my lunch break I would spend my time shopping at the mall. During that time I also worked part-time at the Sunglass Hut in the mall. It was a beautiful mall consisting of 3 stories.
The "basement" level consisted of the food court and a pricey Morton's Steakhouse. The main level had typical stores like Walden Bookstore, Banana Republic,
The Limited, Gap, The Nature Company (which was 2 stories inside), Sunglass Hut, Godiva Chocolate. The
third level had Ann Taylor Loft, Victoria's Secret, Talbots and other higher-end clothing stores.
Before it became Tower Place Mall it had a department store called Pogues, which later became L.S. Ayres.
In the mid-to late 90's multiple stores starting leaving the mall, quickly. By 2005 the mall was pretty much a ghost town.
The lower level only had a couple restaurants left. Part of the mall was converted to a 2-story
TJ Maxx in hopes of revitalizing the mall, but the mall remained eerily dead.
I heard that there were issues with the lease, but I also believe that the mall didn't
survive given it's downtown, "urban" clientele. The pricey stores were great
for white-collar people who worked downtown but it also attracted homeless people and shady people
(shoplifting was a problem at the mall, I recall)
http://www.yelp.com/biz/tower-place-mall-and-the-shoppes-at-carew-tower-cincinnati - Yelp! Page for the mall with stories about the mall.
http://www.wlwt.com/news/local-news/cincinnati/City-could-buy-struggling-Tower-Place-Mall/-/13549970/17407664/-/d3j296/-/index.html - "City could buy struggling Tower Place Mall"