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Old 04-03-2012, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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Old 04-03-2012, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati tri-state area
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Thanks for the great documentary about the disaster that has been Forest Fair Mall/Cincinnati Mills/Cincinnati Mall. Your depressing background music selection so nicely conveys the mood of the video.
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:52 AM
 
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I just look for videos on YouTube that I feel are somewhat relevant to CD discussions, I don't make them.
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Chicago(Northside)
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Whats up with the weird colors at the mall and when i went their they had carpet in it really!
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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carpets been there in parts of the mall
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Old 06-17-2012, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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Hello. I'm doing a bit of personal research on the late great Forest Fair/Cincinnati Mills. I looked on DeadMalls.com and Wikipedia, so don't suggest those.
Not from here, but...

1) When did CompUSA open? (it closed in 1998, and was replaced with what?)
2) Where was the original food court? (it apparently burned down, says DeadMalls.com)
3) What was "O-2"? (near Guitar Center)
4) What replaced Time Out on the Court and what is there now?
5) Did rival gangs really move into the Mall in the mid-1990s?
6) Did Parisian replace Sakowitz?
7) What was the Festivals at Forest Fair like? When did it become Bourban Street? (there is something here: [url]http://www.southlandstone.com/docs/9-Forest_Fair_Mall_1_.pdf[/url] and here: [url]http://www.southlandstone.com/docs/9-Forest_Fair_Mall_2_.pdf[/url])

8) Does anyone have any vintage mall directories/list of stores in 1989 they can share with me?

9) Any miscellaneous memories/tidbits?

Thanks!
I worked as a dispatcher/security guard for many years at this mall.

1.) CompUSA was replaced with Guitar Center.
2.) The food court was on both the upper and lower levels
3.) I asked several former coworkers, none of us remember "O-2"
4.) After Time-Out went away, some shops were put in. Those eventually fell to the wayside also.
5.) Gangs and the brawls that came with it were common during this time. I remember many a weekend being in the midst of large fights when I worked security, and having to call for help from the county when these fights broke out. The dispatch center had a direct 'red phone' that connected right to the Hamilton County Sheriff's office to allow dispatchers to get in touch with them asap instead of wasting precious time calling in via the standard line.
6.) Yes.


9.) Ah, memories. We always knew the finances of the mall at holiday times. If it was good, we were given full sized turkeys at Thanksgiving. Bad...game hens.

The place was doomed to fail when it started. No one did much research, I think. It opened up with places you find in New York, etc - high end. No one could afford those kind of places. Biggs was their first and the mall was built off of it. Not to mention the fact that you can go a exit or so each way on the highway and get to another mall. Once places like Meijer sprung up across the street, and the rest of the area started getting developed, it's just done with. I remember sitting in a security trunk watching the Meijer get built. Personally, I think they should seal the place up tight and turn it into a huge indoor pool.
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Old 06-17-2012, 05:52 PM
 
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6. Parisian and Sakowitz were there at the same time and were 2 of the anchors. Also there was Elder Beerman and B. Altman (now Kohl's location). I think there was one more department store, but I can't remember the name.
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Old 06-17-2012, 06:02 PM
 
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Aren't there plans now to turn it into a Sports Plus type of complex?
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Old 06-17-2012, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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Aren't there plans now to turn it into a Sports Plus type of complex?
We keep hearing rumors of such but I have seen no solid plans. Seems to me to be too large for that kind of endeavor. Where are all of the paying customers going to come from?
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Old 06-17-2012, 06:11 PM
 
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I think the other anchor was Bonwit Teller.

About the time Forest Fair Mall (original name) was about to open, there was a promotion on a local radio station about watching for the grand opening of the new "Plummet Mall". This was a hoax, but now it seems that the name was appropriate. The Plummet Mall was rumored to be built all underground.
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