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Beachwood Place

Beachwood Place is an upscale shopping mall located in Beachwood, Ohio, an affluent Greater Cleveland suburb roughly 10 miles from downtown Cleveland. It is accessible from I-271 and within close proximity to I-480.

Beachwood Place
Address 26300 Cedar Road
Beachwood, Ohio
Opening date 1978; 40 years ago (1978) (Beachwood Place)
1997; 21 years ago (1997) (expansion)
2007; 11 years ago (2007) (renovation)
Developer The Rouse Company
Management Brookfield Properties Retail Group
Owner Brookfield Properties Retail Group
No. of stores and services 137
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 977,613 sq ft (90,800 m2)
No. of floors 2 (3 in Nordstrom and Dillard’s)
Parking 4,211 spaces
Surface parking, covered parking, and valet
Website www.beachwoodplace.com
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It is anchored by Dillard's (247,000 square feet (22,900 m2)), Nordstrom (215,000 square feet (20,000 m2)), Zara and Saks Fifth Avenue (117,000 square feet (10,900 m2)). Other notable stores include Lacoste, Louis Vuitton within Saks, Swarovski, Chanel within Saks, L'Occitane en Provence, Coach, Aldo Group, Madewell by J.Crew, Tumi, The Art of Shaving, Hanna Andersson, Crabtree & Evelyn, True Religion, Bebe Stores, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Brighton Collectibles, Vera Bradley, Lush, Abercrombie & Fitch, Athleta, Sperry Top-Sider, J. Crew, Papyrus, Lego, Chico's, The Buckle, Guess, Pottery Barn, Lucky Brand Jeans, Sephora, a Microsoft Store, Kate Spade New York, and See's Candies.

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HistoryEdit

Beachwood Place was developed by The Rouse Company. The developer invested over a decade of time in studies and planning to create an upscale fashion center for wealthy people in Cleveland. Beachwood Place opened in August 1978. When it first opened, it was anchored by Higbee's and Saks Fifth Avenue and included 110 specialty shops. It was Saks' first Ohio store. Beachwood Place was unique in its award-winning design, with winding staircases. The mall found success as area shoppers slowly abandoned nearby malls such as Randall Park Mall and Severance Town Center as well as retail outlets in Downtown Cleveland.

In 1992, Higbee's was converted into Dillard's and the developer began work on an addition to the mall. However, nearby residents took the developer to court to halt expansion. Unsuccessful, the expansion was completed, after over 2 years, with a grand reopening on September 18, 1997. The food court was not changed, despite original renovation plans that intended to remove the food court and spread restaurants throughout the mall. The expansion added Nordstrom, which anchored the new, 40 store wing. In addition to Nordstrom, an Eddie Bauer flagship store opened at the main entrance, Dillard's added a third floor, and Saks also expanded.

In 2004, The Rouse Company was acquired by General Growth Properties. The new owners immediately began a remodeling that was completed in time for the 2007 Christmas season. Landscaping and natural light was used to soften the entry and kinetic art was installed to create a greater visual dynamic. The food court was relocated to the second floor; with the new area being defined by natural light and more seating.[2] Swedish department store H&M joined Beachwood Place.

In 2013, a Microsoft Store, Kate Spade New York,[3] and See's Candies[4] opened in the mall.

Zara opened on November 2, 2016.[5]

Planned expansionEdit

In January 2013, the owner announced plans to expand the mall; citing 4 lost leasing opportunities due to its 96% occupancy rate.[6]

There are 11 residential parcels on the western edge of the mall which can be rezoned.[7]

Plans were released in July 2013 showing a 77,000-square-foot (7,200 m2) expansion including 3 standalone restaurants added along the perimeter.[8]

Nearby residents and local businessmen voiced concern about increased traffic and a loss of a barrier between the mall and the surrounding residences.[9] During the summer months, the owner sought signatures from residents to allow plans of its expansion to be put on a city referendum.

In October 2013, the Beachwood City Council voted to amend the City's codified ordinances, allowing the expansion to proceed.[10]

In 2015, the City Council forced a reduction in the planned expansion from 77,000 square feet to 43,000 square feet.[11]

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