Big Box Retail
Imagine a major shopping center on the site of a former steel mill. Imagine touring the artifacts and learning the history of Cleveland’s Steel industry while getting your errands done. Cleveland’s Steelyard Commons offers convenient shopping for everything from plumbing parts to holiday gifts, all within minutes of downtown, Ohio City, and Tremont. Downtown, Tower City Center affords all of the latest fashions while connecting you to transit, the Ritz Hotel, and the Horseshoe Casino. On Cleveland’s West Side, you can find more shopping at the Target/Giant Eagle center on West 117th and I-90. Click the links below to learn more.
Steelyard Commons, a 700,000 sq. ft. neighborhood shopping center, opened in January of 2007. This was the first shopping center to be built within the city of Cleveland in many decades. The site was a former steel processing mill that was vacant for several years. Steelyard Commons is the answer to what many Clevelanders wanted: to shop national within a 5-10 minute drive from their respective neighborhood. Previously, residents of Tremont, Ohio City, Detroit Shoreway, Brooklyn Center, Slavic Village, Downtown and Central Cleveland would have to drive a at least 20 minutes to the suburbs in order to do their shopping
Steelyard Commons is easily accessible from all major highways and is central to many of Cleveland’s neighborhoods. The shopping center is anchored by Target, The Home Depot, Walmart Supercenter, Marshalls, ALDI and now Burlington Coat Factory. Steelyard Commons hosts several events throughout the year such as National Night Out Against Crime and an annual Trick-Or-Treat afternoon, in addition to combining retail shopping, restaurants, and a one-mile stretch of The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail — all in the heart of the city.
The $90 million shopping center has created approximately 1,800 full-time jobs to date.
Tower City Center
Tower City has long been at the center, physically and literally, of Cleveland big box retail since opening in 1927 as a terminal for all trains coming into Cleveland. Tower City has been the cornerstone of the recent redevelopment rebirth of downtown. Currently Tower City is a mixed-use development where visitors can shop, dine and play.
Built in 2000, the shopping center at West 117th Street provided the West Side of Cleveland with a full service supermarket and general retailer in an area that was previously underserved in both regards. Approximately 100 deteriorated and abandoned homes were removed to make way for the center, the result of a plan to reuse space in the City that was undergoing transformation from a primarily residential neighborhood to one of mixed residential and retail uses. The shopping center provides necessary goods and is conveniently located near I-90 and West 117th.