Located between the south Dayton suburbs of Centerville and Miamisburg, at the intersection of State Routes 725 and 741, the Dayton Mall has undergone many changes since its grand opening in 1970.
The center originally opened with three anchor stores; Sears, J.C. Penney and Rike’s (a Dayton-based retailer, which had been acquired by Federated Stores in 1959). There was also a McCrory 5 and 10, a Liberal supermarket and a single-screen cinema. At the time of its inception in the late 1960′s, such a sprawling -120 store- complex was considered a “mega mall”. Dayton Mall was, by far, larger than any other metro Dayton shopping center. It also dwarfed all of the malls that existed in Cincinnati’s suburbs at the time.
The 1 million-plus square foot mall held the distinction of being the area’s largest until 1989, when the Forest Fair Mall (now known as Cincinnati Mills), opened for business. Soon after, Dayton Mall underwent two major renovations of its existing structure. First, the interior of the east and west concourses was remodeled, as was the two level main entrance. The central atrium area was also improved, with a food court installed on its mezzanine. Later, a fourth anchor store was added, in front of what had been the main entrance. This was occupied by J.C. Penney. The former Penney’s, at the end of the mall’s west concourse, was refitted as a new Elder-Beerman department store.
Dayton Mall was acquired by the Columbus-based Glimcher Realty Trust in 1997. In order to remain competitive in the retail market, Glimcher announced another refit of the mall in July, 2005. A 20 million dollar, open-air, “lifestyle component” was proposed; this to be constructed in the north parking area. Known as The Village at Dayton Mall, this 90,000 square foot shopping complex will add 25 retail spaces to the mall. It is scheduled for completion in early 2007.
The present-day enclosed mall has over 150 retailers under one roof. Its anchor stores are Sears, J.C. Penney, Macy’s (in the former Rike’s) and Elder-Beerman.