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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Lakeside Centre- (Toledo, OH)

Lakeside Centre, formerly North Towne Square, was a shopping mall on the northside of Toledo, Ohio, adjacent to the Michigan state line.

The mall opened in 1980 by Simon Property Group with original anchor stores, Toledo-based Lasalle's Department Store, The Lion Store, and Montgomery Ward. In 1982, Lasalle's was renamed Macy's, which owned Lasalle's since 1923 and sold there Toledo area stores to Dayton, OH-based Elder- Beerman in 1984.

The mall drew customers from the southeastern part of Michigan as well as around the Toledo area and neighboring suburbs. However, the opening of Frenchtown Square Mall in Monroe, MI in 1988 created setbacks for North Towne, because shopping traffic from Michigan had there own mall to shop at now.

Expansion at Franklin Park Mall and a declining economy in Toledo factors into North Townes demise.

Elder-Beerman filed for Chapter 11 in 1995, the store was converted to a clearance center before closing in 1997. In 1998, Dillard's acquired all The Lion Stores, leaving the mall with one anchor store. The movie theater closed in the early 2000s and Montgomery Ward closed it North Towne store in 2002 as a result of the chains bankruptcy.

By 2002, the only mall anchor was MC Sports and 20 inline stores. A year later, the mall was renamed, Lakeside Centre as part of a redevelopment plan. The remaining tenants leases were terminated in February 2005.

By 2006, the entire mall was closed and in 2010, the city issued a notice of condemnation, because of such heavy damage down to the mall from natural causes and poorly maintained electrical and piping systems.

In April 2012, the demolition plan was announced for North Towne Square, and the plan proceeded in January 2013, and was completed several months later, the original floor plan, parking lot lights, and Montgomery Ward building, which is a gym, all remain still.

Here are some pictures of what is left, the Toys R' Us has since closed, but the mall sign remains.

Now closed

Former Montgomery Ward store
If anyone has any stories or pictures of the mall, feel free to post below.

Thank you for reading.

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