Westland Mall, once a bustling shopping center on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio, is being demolished after years of abandonment.
Westland Mall, once a bustling shopping center on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio, saw its rise and eventual decline over several decades.
Established in 1962 with Lazarus as its pioneer tenant, the mall expanded significantly by 1969, housing stores such as Sears, JC Penny, and Woolworth. However, with changing economic climates and competition, particularly after the opening of the Mall at Tuttle Crossing in 1997, Westland’s prominence waned. By September 2017, it stood vacant.
In a bid to revitalize the area, LGR Weston acquired the site in 2019 with intentions for redevelopment. The turning point came in January 2023, when it was announced that the abandoned mall would be demolished under the Ohio Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program. Work to tear down Westland Mall began in June, marking the end of an era for the once-iconic shopping landmark.