Cliff Note: I am rewriting this, originally posted in November, 2006, because I read in this morning's Akron Beacon Journal that the 8 remaining non-anchor stores will have to close since FirstEnergy is due to cut the power off in the mall due to non payment. Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, Ohio has been, for years, a "white elephant." when the mall was in it's planning stages, it was to be built in a more affluent area, but an outcry of the residents in that area caused a change in plans. It's location is in between one of the poorer areas of Akron, and Barberton, which has been for years a depressed community. Also take into account that there is a lack of access roads to the mall and it's no wonder the mall has been dying for years. What now follows is from the original post.
I have some memories of my own.
December 1, 1977 was a somewhat chilly Saturday night. It was the night which I took my future wife on our first date. We saw the movie "Heroes", starring Henry Winkler and Sally Field. It was playing that night at the Rolling Acres Cinema. The movie ended after the mall was closed, and we had to walk around the mall to get to my car(It was a 75 Gremlin. Not a chick magnet by any means.) I must have left a good first impression. We were married fifteen months later.
Two weeks after that first date we were back at the mall, Christmas shopping at Montgomery Ward.
The tuxes for our wedding came from a tux shop at the mall. Gifts for the wedding party also came from the mall.
Walking through the mall one afternoon, I was greeted by Bob Devine, who at the time was morning show host at WCRF, and he was asking questions of a spiritual nature. The feature on the air was called Sidewalk Chats.
As we were raising our family, we spent many evenings just walking through Rolling Acres. When I needed extra money, I got a job at Montgomery Ward. When that store closed in 1986, I took my part time endeavor to the Sears store. Later on I tried my hand at full time sales working at the Fretter Superstore next to the mall.