The story behind the top retail centers
Sunday, August 20, 2006
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
How did the shopping meccas come to be? Their stories, in brief:
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.
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.