Christopher Columbus Totes
Westland Mall opened in February 1969 and was one of four directionally-named shopping centers in Columbus. The original anchor stores were Lazarus, Sears, and JC Penney. Westland was considered a major landmark in the Columbus area, and a premier shopping destination for the city's far west side. Westland Mall faced many challenges towards the end of the 90's, in particular the opening of the nearby Mall at Tuttle Crossing. At that time JCPenney also left Westland for Tuttle, giving Tuttle four anchor stores and reducing Westland to two. The Lazarus store was converted to Lazarus-Macy's in 2003, and subsequently to Macy's in 2005. Macy's closed in 2007, leaving Sears as the sole remaining anchor. By 2010, Westland contained fewer than 15 active businesses and one major anchor. In 2011 Sears closed it's entrance to the mall and by 2012 Westland Mall was reported as closed to all traffic. In 2017, Sears announced that it would close by early September, which will leave the former mall entirely empty of tenants.
Tags: defunct, 90s, 1990s, 80s, 1980s