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The story behind the top retail centers

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Jeffrey Sheban

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

How did the shopping meccas come to be? Their stories, in brief:

Polaris

Robert Echele, a real-estate manager for Anheuser-Busch in Columbus, and business partners Donald Kelley and Robert J. Weiler started buying farmland north of I-270 in 1985, which would become the 1,300-acre district called Polaris Centers of Commerce.

Easton

Limited Brands owned 1,300 acres of land originally slated for distribution centers near its East Side headquarters. By the early 1990s, plans were drawn up with the Georgetown Co. of New York for a mixed-use development with retail, housing and office buildings.

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16 Responses to Easton VS Polaris

  1. Anne Evans
    Anne August 23, 2006 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm

    I’d rather go to Easton than Polaris any day.

  2. gold42 August 23, 2006 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm

    Easton all the way… I love me some open air shopping!

  3. The Hegemo
    The Hegemo August 23, 2006 1:00 pm at 1:00 pm

    I’ve never even been in the mall at Polaris. Easton’s pretty much the only place I even think of going when I need to do some sort of mall shopping.

  4. Guest August 23, 2006 1:02 pm at 1:02 pm

    Easton during the day, but when the sun goes down, I’d rather go to Polaris.

  5. WILDMAN August 23, 2006 1:18 pm at 1:18 pm

    i love Easton for many reasons. First, it is only 15 mins away from our house compare to Polaris which is almost a 30 min drive. I love Easton during the spring/summer/fall time b/c of the many events they put together to be held outside. of course during the winter, Easton is not fun to be walking around outside. I do love the parking garages at Easton to where they are covered compare to Polaris where if it is raining or snowing, you are screwed.

    Now, don’t get me wrong, Polaris is a very nice place but Easton, for me, is the place to go and do my shopping.

  6. shroud
    shroud August 23, 2006 1:42 pm at 1:42 pm

    Easton is my *preference* of the two, but Polaris is less than 5 minutes from home for me, so obviously it gets more visits. The two are mostly even, but Easton wins out for the (mostly) more condensed, more esthetically appealing setting, as well as for having Shadowbox (love me some Shadowbox).

    More importantly – there’s a COSTCO coming to Columbus? I’m sure that was brought up in another thread somewhere but I don’t remember hearing/reading about that one.

    Also, the “KB Toys” coming soon strikes me as pretty damn misleading — there’s been a KB in Polaris proper for years… I assume they’re opening up a larger store somewhere outside the mall maybe?

  7. Walker Evans
    Walker August 23, 2006 2:23 pm at 2:23 pm

    Costco Announcement. 8)

    Wow… almost a year ago…

  8. shroud
    shroud August 23, 2006 3:26 pm at 3:26 pm

    Hey look, and I even posted in that thread! Gotta love my failing memory…

  9. The Hegemo
    The Hegemo August 23, 2006 4:13 pm at 4:13 pm

    Yeah, once Costco opens I will be making some trips out to the Polaris area.

  10. Columbusite August 24, 2006 12:04 am at 12:04 am

    How bout neither? I’d rather go to the mag mile in Chicago.

  11. Walker Evans
    Walker August 24, 2006 7:47 am at 7:47 am

    I was going to give a “neither” option, but I was afraid everyone would choose it, and that would defeat the purpose of the poll. :lol:

    How about options for Tuttle or City Center too? hahah!

  12. honavery August 24, 2006 8:58 am at 8:58 am

    I am at City Center more often than either of those. Especially Polaris.

  13. turbo ninja August 25, 2006 10:21 am at 10:21 am

    I’ll make the drive from GV to Polaris just to shop at Von Maur. They don’t have the widest selection, but the prices are competitive with Macy’s and the service blows everyone else away. Whatever I’m buying, the staff is always gracious, polite, and eager to do whatever they can to make me feel like I’m being looked after.

    Plus there’s the whole benefit of the Von Maur 0% interest store credit card – that goes a long way toward earning my loyalty. My Macy’s card had the highest interest rate of any of my credit cards. When I called them to see if they would reduce my rate and explained that it made no sense for me to charge on their card rather than my Visa or AmEx, I got a “sorry we can’t help you” response. I paid it off and closed the account. If I’m not worth their business, they aren’t worth mine.

    I don’t use a Mac and I don’t think the Cheesecake Factory or CPK are “destination” dining choices, so I’m fine with Polaris.

  14. Walker Evans
    Walker August 25, 2006 10:29 am at 10:29 am

    turbo ninja wrote Plus there’s the whole benefit of the Von Maur 0% interest store credit card

    Sounds interesting…

    I don’t use a Mac and I don’t think the Cheesecake Factory or CPK are “destination” dining choices, so I’m fine with Polaris.

    Way to pick em. There are plenty of other Easton store & restaurant exclusives that are worth the drive.

  15. Anne Evans
    Anne August 25, 2006 10:45 am at 10:45 am

    Walker wrote
    I don’t use a Mac and I don’t think the Cheesecake Factory or CPK are “destination” dining choices, so I’m fine with Polaris.

    Way to pick em. There are plenty of other Easton store & restaurant exclusives that are worth the drive.

    ..Those are a couple of the places the article singled out.

  16. gramarye
    gramarye August 29, 2006 3:09 am at 3:09 am

    Heh. Guess I’m just not much of an outdoorsy type. I generally go to Polaris when I have only shopping to do. I like the dining options at Easton better, however, so when I want to both shop and eat, I tend to end up over there.

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