James' Commentary

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)

Links - Yelp! Page for the mall with stories about the mall. - "City could buy struggling Tower Place Mall"
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