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Location DB > United States > Ohio > North Ridgeville > Ridgeview Shopping Center
Ridgeview Shopping Center
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created by jellybeans95 on 10/23/2007 4:29 AM
last modified by jellybeans95 on 4/2/2008 3:40 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
An abandoned strip mall that sat vacant for 2 years and is finally coming down.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Forget it, gone.
Recommendation: It's gone, you missed it
 Physical Information

North Ridgeville, Ohio
United States
Owner: Sparky Realty/Tony and Dave DiBenedetto
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • flooding
  • water
  • air quality
  • wonderful black mold
  •  Interesting Features
    A cinema, a former haunted house, a former teen club, and a former indoor skate park.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • wooden boarding
  • active bowling alley right next to it
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1959
    Closed: 2005
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  • long pants / sleeves
  • towelettes
  • boots
  •  Recommended Equipment
    camera, gloves, a vehicle that can handle the pot-hole stricken parking lot
    Built in 1959, it opened in November with only a handful of stores ready to open. It's official grand opening was March 2, 1960, with 22 stores, including a G. C. Murphy's, a grocery store, a drug store, a hair salon, a Woolworth, a shoe store, and a lady's clothing outfit. Boasting "free parking for 1500 cars" and "shopping til 9pm" they opened with a radio remote broadcast and much fanfare.

    20 years later, the shopping center was in a hurting. The landlord had not kept up maintenance, the parking lot was pitted with potholes, and 2 retailers were gone, with two more closing within the year. (the Meyer Goldberg went under, Murphy's pulled out due to landlord disputes, and both JoAnn Fabrics and Cunningham Drug left due to failing sales)

    The 1980's saw a brief attempt at revitalization, with owner Del Mintz making false promises of other retailers coming in. When Murphy's left, it spelled the beginning of the end for Ridgeview. A chinese restaruant, a movie theater, a RadioShack, and a night club moved in; none of these survived. Evidence that the shopping center was taking a nose-dive came when flea market stores began moving in.

    In 2005, the remaining hold-outs on the land were a magic shop, a skate park, a financial service, and a couple of flea market stores. Yellow Barrel of Magic was the last man standing in October of 2005 when the DiBennedettos announced they were vacating the plaza to have it razed. And there it sat, until recently, when they began tearing it down.

    Also featured on the property is a Haunted House, a nite club, a McDonald's (now demolished), a restaurant, and a bank. If you want to see this, you'd better hurry. Contrary to previous theories, it's going, and going fast.
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     Future Plans
    Demolished...supposedly a new shopping center is going in. I'll believe it when I see it. IF it does happen, I'll have another white elephant to explore in 10 years. (knowing that area)

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     Photo Galleries
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    Scout Mission
    Tue, Oct 23rd, 2007
    posted by jellybeans95
    25 pictures
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    Scout Mission Part 2
    Tue, Oct 23rd, 2007
    posted by jellybeans95
    19 pictures
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    Return Trip, One week later
    Thu, Oct 25th, 2007
    posted by jellybeans95
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    Wed, Nov 14th, 2007
    posted by jellybeans95
    24 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 6/2/2008 10:12 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jun 2 08 at 22:12, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Apr 2 08 at 3:40, jellybeans95 changed the following: Status, Accessibility, Recommendation, Future Plans
  • on Nov 17 07 at 0:04, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Nov 14 07 at 23:33, jellybeans95 updated gallery picture DSC_0148.JPG
  • on Nov 14 07 at 23:30, jellybeans95 changed the following: Required Equipment, Recommended Equipment
  • on Nov 14 07 at 23:27, jellybeans95 updated gallery picture DSC_0170.JPG
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