Kyova Mall, formerly known as Cedar Knoll Galleria, is located south of Ashland, Kentucky. Despite being planned for six department stores and over 100 inline retailers, it has three anchors and a nearly empty interior concourse.
The Zamia Corporation opened Cedar Knoll Galleria on November 8, 198912 9 shortly after the nearby Ashland Town Center held its own ribbon cutting on October 19.12 Cedar Knoll was anchored by Sears, Stone & Thomas, Phar-Mor, and K-Mart with room for two additional department stores. Other tenants included Rex TV and Appliances, Jone’s New York, and Pollock’s Jewelry. The food court featured The White Mountain ice cream parlor, Luca’s Pizza, and Pretzel’s-Plus. At its height, the mall boasted an occupancy rate of 69%.
Meijer studied the possibility of locating at Cedar Knoll Galleria between 2001 and 2003, completing several architectural renderings at a cost of $30,000 to $40,000 each.11 Target was also interested in locating at the mall, but the county’s reluctance of issuing tax incentives or breaks prevented both Meijer and Target from locating in the region.
In 2002, Phar-Mor closed all of their stores in the southern United States, including the Cedar Knoll location. K-Mart closed their store later in the year, which was replaced by Artrip’s Market and a flea market in late 2004.
In 2004, the Zamia Corporation went bankrupt and its creditors sold the company and its properties at auction.9 Reyton Cedar Knoll LLC purchased Cedar Knoll Galleria from Zamias, who rebranded it as the Kyova Mall, taking cues from the state names of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia for the new title.11 Major repairs to the roof and interior concourse were completed.
In June 2005, discussions began about the construction of a movie theater in one of the never-completed department store footprints in the rear of the mall.11 Indiana-based Great Escape Theatres announced on May 11, 2006, that it would construct a movie theater in the former Phar-Mor department store.3 Work would include demolition of 11,000 square feet of the mall concourse and the construction of an enclosed atrium to give the theater an “indoor and outdoor feel.” Work began on July 21, but Great EscapeTheatres backed out of the deal on July 24, giving development rights to Phoenix Theatres.3 4 Phoenix Theatres 10 opened on May 18, 2007.5
In November 2005, Steve and Barry’s replaced both Artrip’s Market and the flea market.11 The sportswear chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on July 8, 2008 and entered into Chapter 7 liquidation on November 27. All Steve and Barry’s stores were closed.
In a bid to attract restaurants to Kyova Mall and its out-lots, Kyova Mall began a petition in 2007 to allow alcohol to be served in restaurants that made at least 70% of their revenue from food sales and had at least seating for 100 people.6 7 The petition received nearly 6,000 signatures from registered voters which allowed it to go to a county-wide vote. The measure to allow certain restaurants to serve alcohol passed by with a 67% confidence on May 22.
On May 11, 2014, Sears closed.13