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Sycamore Plaza at Kenwood is a 320,000 square foot shopping center located at the corner of Montgomery and Kenwood roads in unincorporated Sycamore Township, northeast of Cincinnati, Ohio, directly across from Kenwood Towne Centre.
Sycamore Plaza originally opened in 1966 as Kenwood Mall. It was Cincinnati's first enclosed shopping centers was built across the road from the Kenwood Plaza strip center. Kenwood Mall occupied a 30 acre parcel at the southeast corner of the intersection of Montgomery and Kenwood Roads. The mini-mall opened in 1966 and was anchored by Cincinnati-based Shillito's.
Following the 1988 renovation of the former Kenwood Plaza into the glitzy, super-regional, Kenwood Towne Centre, Kenwood Mall went into decline. Having a very upscale, mega-mall located directly across the road did not bode well for the 22 year-old shopping center. Moreover, there was a great deal of confusion concerning the similarly-named centers, which continues to this day.
Changing anchor Edit
In 1986, Shillito's consolidated operations with corporate sister store, Lazarus. The Kenwood Mall location was rename Lazarus that year. When renovations at Kenwood Towne Centre completed, the Kenwood Mall store Lazarus moved into the new towne centre. The old Lazarus store became a Lazarus Furniture Gallery. The store became Macy's Furniture Gallery in 2005 following a final round of consolidation.
A major remodel of Kenwood Mall was undertaken in the early 1990's. This $17 million demalling entailed the conversion of existing anchor stores and retail spaces into just 15 big box retail establishments. These included Barnes & Noble, Old Navy, Men's Wearhouse and Staples. Basically, the former one-level, 1960's-era mall was turned into a new-age, three-level "power center".
Rechristened Sycamore Plaza at Kenwood, the newly-remodeled, 320,000 square foot center was completed in November 1994. Today, it is operated by Los Angeles-based, Rubin Pachulski Properties.
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