LIMA — You may be headed to the Lima Mall to do some Christmas shopping this time of year, and we raided The Lima News archives to show our readers a glimpse of what shopping there used to be like.
The mall opened at 10 a.m. Nov. 18, 1965. The Lima News published a 16-page special section to introduce the newcomer:
“In this special section you will find a complete array of merchandise and services for your family and home … an unparalleled selection, glamorously presented in Northwestern Ohio’s most exciting and beautiful shopping center. Tomorrow you will experience a new adventure in shopping. Strolling up and down the temperature controlled malls, you will find yourself in the company of America’s leading retailers; including three major department stores and the area’s largest variety store. Twenty-eight additional fine stores will provide you with the most complete shopping center in the area. Spacious 4,500-car parking lot surrounds the mall, placing you within easy reach of the store of your choice.”
Readers, we’d love to hear your favorite memories of the mall. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.