Ashtabula Mall a ghost town

Judy EllenStarred Page By Judy Ellen, 28th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3a51_boi/
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I wrote this article about the closing of our local Ashtabula, Ohio mall. Ashtabula, Ohio has been in an economic slump for over 20 years now.

The Ashtabula, Ohio Mall is now a Ghost Town


Only 7 miles from where we live we knew we could always enjoy shopping, walking, using Wi-Fi, and, going to movies at the Ashtabula Mall. Now all this is about to change, and, according to our local newspaper our mall space may be used for the high school. Of course this would be a good thing for the students if the board of education can get the funding to pay the rental.

However, even Sears has not made enough money to stay at the Ashtabula Mall and is going out of business! Many people from neighboring communities and rural areas also loved to shop at our Mall. It is a mystery to me why the stores in our local Ashtabula Mall are not making enough money to make a profit and pay their rental. It is my guess that part of the reason for our mall not making enough money to stay in business could be due to all the openings of new Super Stores in the neighboring counties.

Mall shopping with Granddaughters

Last week my husband and I took a walk through the mall and I took pictures to show what our local mall looks like at 5:00PM during the week. It brought back memories of when I took my teenage granddaughter to get her ears pierced. I felt so exhilarated just spending time with my granddaughter that I even got my ears pierced. I had them pierced many years ago but since I had not worn earrings in a few years, the holes closed up. Now, if I would have been alone I would have never done this. However, spending time with my fun loving granddaughter made me feel young and ready for anything. It is sad that we will no longer be able to enjoy our local mall when she visits out here.

A place to stop and get a bite to eat

The little eating area with tables and chairs where we often would stop to eat and take inventory of what we bought is now empty. We would also be able to use the Mall’s Wi-Fi internet while on a shopping break.

Senior Citizens love to walk in the mall

One of the things that my Dad enjoys most when he comes out here is walking in the mall with me, not to shop, but, just to get some exercise. We would talk about his life, his garden, his Bible Study class and the good old days which made our walk seem less like exercise and more like fun. Now that is a thing of the past and I know that many Seniors Citizens will feel the same way especially in the winter when it is too cold for older folks to walk outside. In fact it is walking that my 92 year old Dad swears has kept him from having to go into a nursing home. Although at Dad’s age he takes more breaks than actual walking, it is still such a joy to walk the Mall with him.

We still have Walmart and Kmart

Even Payless Shoe Store has moved out of our local Mall. However, the good news is that Walmart and Kmart are profiting enough to stay in Ashtabula. Otherwise we would have to shop for groceries and shoes 45 minutes away in Mentor, Ohio. If we wanted to enjoy Christmas decorations in the mall this year and take our baby granddaughter to see Santa we will have to travel from 45 minutes to an hour to walk in the Mentor Mall.

One great thing is that even though we will no longer have a local Mall, we can still enjoy the Lake which is also only 7 miles from where we live.

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Econimics, Ghost Town, Granddaughter, Local Mall Closing, Local Mall Walkers, Local Sears Closing, Mall Closing, Shopping Mall

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I love writing poetry, songs articles on Christianity, health, anything pertaining to families! I love writing reviews on my favorite TV programs such as Discovery, Animal planet and Dr. Phil.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
29th Apr 2012 (#)

Just outstanding Judy, well done...

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author avatar Buzz
29th Apr 2012 (#)

Great star article, Judy. Thanks for sharing and congratulations!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Apr 2012 (#)

Judy, you have walked me through your mall and the nostalgia surrounding it with time spent with your loved ones. I am sure there will be something better coming your way but our memories are made of these and I can feel your loss - siva

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author avatar Tranquilpen
1st May 2012 (#)

Ditto Siva's comments judy, it is so sad as we here in Durban South Africa are also losing malls and having to drive for miles to the gigantic city malls. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Lexi base
20th Jul 2013 (#)

The ashtabula mall is very much still open, still decorates for Christmas, and still has plenty of senior mall walkers. Get your facts before posting your rubbish..

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author avatar Former Shopper
27th Jul 2013 (#)

Hey Lexi, Judy isn't too far off the mark. I've shopped the mall since day 1, it taking its last breaths. Between the economy, competition from Walmart and people using it as a dumping ground for their children to run loose its about had it. I quit going because of the kids running loose cussing and using unpleasant language. Mall security should start tossing the cussing little loiterers out on their ears.

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