Chapel Hill & Rolling Acres – Akron, OH | dead mall siblings bound by lethiferous fate | ExLog 92

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Chapel Hill and Rolling Acres seemingly couldn’t exist without each other. The moment Rolling Acres began to go terminal, providence intervened to bring an agnate and lethiferous fate to its sibling, Chapel Hill Mall.

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50 Comments

  1. Dr_ 5150 on April 19, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    This dude’s got so many details he even knows what the developer had for lunch the day he thought of the plans for chapel Hill

  2. Dude with Opinion on April 19, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    I made it to the end, and I have been binge watching since Saturday… So that should tell you the content is entertaining.

  3. Brian Gabbert on April 19, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    I loved hearing about the history. I managed this mall for several years, you covered some things that I didn’t even know. I moved away 10 years ago, but when you’ve poured your heart and soul into something, and it ends so sadly its almost like a little piece of you dies with it. Thank you for the walk down memory lane. Well done.

  4. hattree on April 19, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    Kaufman’s was owned by the May company. What probably happened is May reorganized. From the 90’s until they sold to Macy’s, they used regional names. Where I lived it was Hecht’s. I can’t remember them all, but there were like 8 or 10 different store names around the country. I worked for Hecht’s for a while in the mid 1990’s.

  5. The Big O Show on April 19, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    It’s true what they say you never know how good you had it until it’s gone I had a lot of fun going to chapel hill mall

  6. bentstrider on April 19, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    Scary how quickly Rolling Acres succumbed to the elements. Certain post apocalyptic films couldn’t even get that decay down right.

    First I ever saw this mall on YT was that candid video of those two guys that squeezed their dirtbikes through the doors and went to town. Then there was Dan Bell running into the cops around the corner.

  7. Zonic Mirage on April 19, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    Oh man, the claw machine audio with the rest of the ambiance is just so sad and haunting…

  8. Donald Hoot on April 19, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    I live right between all 3 malls in NEohio. We had been to all of them many, many times! Everything dies baby that’s a fact, maybe someday they will come back!

  9. Megumei on April 19, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    Could you imagine if the kids in the claw machine were actually echoing through the mall like that for real? That is beyond nightmare fuel.

  10. Sal on April 19, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    **NOTE** — The subtitles showing the dates that I was filming Chapel Hill got switched. The first act was April 17, and the last half of the film is April 18. With that out of the way, please go subscribe to Unicomm Productions and Faded Commerce, who joined me on this Expedition, and who are both tenured members on the DMOD Seal. Sub to them here:

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    I’d also appreciate a sub too! Don’t make me send Marna the Mall PA lady after you…she’s been locked up after her psychotic break, and her friends are scared to cut her loose… Thanks again for watching! Come join DMOD to chat for free! https://discord.gg/dmod

  11. Deeman on April 19, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    "Lethiferous?"

  12. Tony on April 19, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    I can appreciate your work and great filming and editing but you spent to much time talking about Rolling Acres. It’s worth mentioning but the problem with people like you who dont even live anywhere near Rolling Acres mall and never stepped foot in it while it was operating and never even so much as purchased a single pack of gum there will tell stories about it that are totally false. I went to rolling acres from 1977- 2008. There never was a "riot" as you claimed. There is not a single mention of a riot in any newspaper, mall documents, or police report. A riot would have caused multiple assaults and thousands of dollars in property damage and you think it wouldn’t be in the paper or on a police report?. Since I happened to be in the middle of the theater with my girlfriend when it happened let me tell you. It was two guys got into a fight because someone threw some candy during the movie because one guy was there with his girlfriend who happened to be the ex girlfriend of the guy who threw the candy. When he stood up in the middle of the movie and said let’s take this outside and they went to go outside but didn’t make it out and traded a few blows and one guy got pushed into a big heavy metal sign that fell over. When it hit the girl immediately screamed, the combination of sounds of two men screaming at each other, a loud bang that echoed throughout the hall and an immediate female scream lead some to believe a gun shot had happened and immediately left the mall. The cops showed up. There was not "riot". The clean up consistented of sweeping up the female’s spilled popcorn that got knocked out of her hand in the scuffle and picking up a sign.

  13. Robin S on April 19, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    The kids’ carousel in the former food court is being preserved; it was taken down and donated to the city of Akron. The walls that separated store from store are largely no more. The exterior hides an interior that is basically one big open space that, in upcoming years, should be filled with commercial and light industrial businesses. It is now Chapel Hill Business Park. The former Sears store already houses the first tenant, Craft33, a building products company that has expanded there. The former Sears Auto Center outbuilding, meanwhile, also is earmarked for repurposing. The renovation project does not include the former Macy’s store that has been converted into a storage business.

  14. TRAIN SHIPS on April 19, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    Chaple Hill Mall was built in 1967, Rolling Acres Mall was built in 1975. I find your assumption that Chaple Hill cause the death of Rolling Acres ridiculous. Both malls demise is the result of a shrinking and aging population in the area, along with the demise of Manufacting Industrials in the area take good paying middle class jobs with them, expansion of Walmart, and the rise in on line retailers. That’s what killed both malls. Summit Mall is the only active mall in the Akron Area now and Covid-19 has almost totally killed it.

  15. Carly Justice on April 19, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    I spent a lot of time here when I was younger. I remember going to the fountain to toss coins, riding the carousel, and seeing Archie the snowman. One summer my mom and I went to JC Penney, came home, and turned on the news to discover that someone had been stabbed to death outside of the department store just moments after we had left. After that day, we began frequenting Summit Mall instead. Nevertheless, this place holds lots of sentimental value for me. Thanks for documenting it so well!

  16. Andre Fecteau on April 19, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    Sal "Dead Mall Society" would be a great name for this genre….

  17. piller on April 19, 2022 at 12:38 pm

    watching chapel hill’s decline is so sad. my mom used to bring me there as a kid, i would always look forward to throwing change in the fountain and seeing the big fake sky on the ceiling. i got to visit in december last year, and it was in about the same shape as it is in tthis video. bath and body works was the only store with people, since they were getting rid of their stock. very, very sad.

  18. Nothing Good Left on April 19, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    Free the Olsen twins

  19. hattree on April 19, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    I see the death of malls as a symptom of the evisceration of the Middle Class. People can’t afford that stuff anymore. Why do you think the biggest stores are discount chains?

  20. Jon G on April 19, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    So pensive to see so many malls disappearing.

  21. David Peterson on April 19, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    I worked at all three Akron malls in college. This is so nostalgic and sad. Chapel Hill Mall was still pretty busy when I was working there around 2006/7. I only worked at Rolling Acres for a few months in Summer 2005 and it was almost empty at that point, but Foot Action still had lines for sneaker releases! The food court was so creepy at Rolling Acres. Someone removed the lugnuts from one of my tires (probably more of a quickly abandoned attempt to steal my wheels) during a long slow shift in Sears Lawn & Garden, the wheel falls off on my drive home. NEXT down the street from Rolling Acres introduced me to a quickly growing streetwear scene, what a great time. Shout out Robert Rosenthal, OG of Cleveland streetwear.

  22. mekanix1968 on April 19, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    It’s really a good thing you’re documenting these malls. It gives us snap shots of the past of good times gone by…

  23. pbmaxman on April 19, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    The Grim Reaper strikes again, and another mall owned by Kohan bites the proverbial dust. Sal, your videos with its historical background is quite informative and is a text book example of what a dead mall is and how it happens. TY.

  24. Andre Fecteau on April 19, 2022 at 12:49 pm

    well this is going way past "the mall"… here in Clearwater Florida all of the small businesses are disappearing…the "quality of life" is dropping like a stone…was looking at new apartment, but kept asking myself "what is near here"? Nothing…why do people live in NYC? Access to everything…if that access dries up then location doesn’t matter anymore…saw the sold a 25million$ mansion on the water…I could see why, yeah it’s nice but nothing near it…no food, no bars, no nothing, everything would have to be preplanned or delivered…so you could see why it would be major pita to even be there…my buddy has a great boat, it rarely goes out and when we do I see why, huge effort to get it going, fuel, food, then when you are out it’s a hot bumpy ride … so that’s why you always see the boats in the harbor

  25. George Pogue on April 19, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    Sal, if you can see what’s going on at the Nashamny mall ib Bucks county. The last I saw it looked pretty slim, with only some stores left.

  26. sugar jones on April 19, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    Plot twist: the claw game is UNPLUGGED!

  27. Joshua Davis on April 19, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    1 minute in and I’m hooked. You got the sunset on Chapel Hill… that lighting is locked into my childhood memories. I grew up just down the hill, and I’m excited to watch this.

  28. Dylan M on April 19, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    A foster family I had actually owned the movie theater at Rolling Acres, so I was there a lot from 2006-2007. It was empty so often. Glad to have been able to see it with a semblance of life.

  29. MrK on April 19, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    It was later revealed Premiere Ventures was located in Delaware. Brogan Rafferty was the ACCOMPLICE, and RICHARD BEASLEY was the actual Craigslist Killer. Check out Jake’s video from Bright Sun Films on Rolling Acres. He spells it all out in his video.

  30. cjs121675 on April 19, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    This was my childhood mall. I live in Kent and I grew up going to this mall in its heyday and all. I remember being a kid going there and seeing Archie the Snowman. As a teen I went to a lot of movies there and also bought a lot of books and baseball caps there as I love books and MLB caps. I also remember in 1988 Kent also talked about building a mall but that fell apart. The Kent mall was to be a high end mall I recall- built at OH 261 and OH 43- I am glad now- though as a kid I looked forward to a mall I could hang out at- that mall in Kent was never built as Kent would later redevelop it’s downtown in the 21st Century. It is sad for me to see it in its downfall- last time I was there in 2015- it seemed to be thriving to me…. thank you for posting this as a mall buff and letting me see it as you did.

  31. Yukimi Kasaki on April 19, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    This is a spooky supplemental watch, this time the reality of a dark, eerie, barren shopping center. I just got finished watching Twilight Zone, where a woman customer was put through a nightmare world of a closed department store, complete with the unnerving company of vociferous mannequins!.

  32. Patraic on April 19, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    Chapel Hill was hanging on until Covid. That was the last straw. I remember it being built when I was little. The original fountain was amazing. It was to the left of center as you came in from the main entrance. It had a high fountain that would periodically shoot up nearly to the ceiling. In fact they had to tweek it a month or two in operation because it was wetting the ceiling tiles. We shopped there every Christmas season for decades. Going to the mall to just walk around in the air conditioning during the heat of summer was practically a family pastime. When they put in the food court and bumped the main entrance out so far it really messed with the traffic flow around the front of the mall. I always thought that if local control could have been regained Chapel Hill could have been saved. It would have taken innovation and creativity but it could have been done.

  33. davek12 on April 19, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    Party City! Now open, closing tomorrow!

  34. Alyse Rotten on April 19, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    Idk how I missed this but I’m gonna feel a certain way if this is the mall I graduated at Aveda from 😓 graduated in 2016 & then taught at the beauty school in Iverson mall in 2019. Life is crazy.

  35. Maeve Maiden on April 19, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    Guy is using an abandoned mall as shelter because he has no home
    Gets a year in jail
    Owners owe millions in back taxes
    Free to keep buying more dead malls and accruing more back taxes and ripping people off
    Shameful country we live in

  36. Mela SN on April 19, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    That claw machine video reminds me of the time I was walking around the near-death Burlington Center Mall, and one of the coin-op rides had disembodied children’s giggling to try & attract real kids to ride it. Scared me half to death.

  37. Mikkel Sørensen on April 19, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    Today many people order online. And people live with there mobil 24/7 . What a poor life today , when all do not talk with people anymore. We are in a time when all are not scosial but empty shals.

  38. tgree18 on April 19, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    What department store is that? 14:30

  39. Donald Hoot on April 19, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    The last doors you went out were where we went to the dentists for years. Sad.

  40. theedmee on April 19, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    Wards wasn’t converted to a Higbee’s at Rolling Acres. Higbee’s had been left an open spot at the mall for a future store when it was opened, but the company (Higbee’s) went bankrupt in 1982. The later AMC theater at Rolling Acres would take Higbee’s original spot.

  41. Scott Abbott on April 19, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    Another incredible video!

    Macintosh Plus was the perfect psychological palette cleanser to those kids.

  42. Kane Underwood on April 19, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    I lived in ohio and was there a year before all this. It’s sad to see it is totally dead. There was still stuff in there but not much. Macy’s had just turned into a self storage place.

  43. Amethyst Drain on April 19, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    No needed social distancing here. Its automatic.

  44. Vintage Bleached Blonde on April 19, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    Joe is the weirdest looking shit I’ve ever seen

  45. Lisa S on April 19, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    I used to love going to Rolling Acres as a teen.

  46. frogswurld on April 19, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    Many times to Chapel Hill when I was a kid.
    Everything from my youth is fading away.

  47. Jesus Soto on April 19, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    Chapel Hill Mall is now Rolling Acres 2.0 in terms of abandonment.

  48. Aaron Bryant on April 19, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    I hope the carousel was saved, it looked rather nice

  49. Big Chimp Tactical on April 19, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    The “God” at 43 min 😂😂 creepy ass kids

  50. Jose Camano on April 19, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    😢bring me memories my first girl friend good times that never coming back again life was way better 😞

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