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Forest Fair Mall

Forest Fair Mall, partially in Fairfield and partly in Forest Park, straddles the Butler and Hamilton counties line north of I-275 with mall entrances off South Gilmore Road. It took its name from the two cities -- Forest from Forest Park and Fair from Fairfield. It was built in the late 1980s as a 1.4 million square foot enclosed shopping mall, then the third largest in the U. S. Its original owners, Hooker Corp. and L. J. Hooker Developments, reported its cost at $250,000. Part of the mall, its eastern wing, opened in July 1988, but the entire project wasn't completed until March 1, 1989. Within a few months, the owners placed the mall on the market, the first in a series of owner and management changes and shifts in marketing strategies. By 2002, it was reported as 1.8 million square feet and the largest mall in Ohio. Later that year, the Mills Corp. of Arlington, Va., paid $69.4 million for the complex and started a makeover. Its name was changed to Cincinnati Mills. The renovated mall opened Aug. 29, 2004, with more than 90 percent of its 200 tenants established.

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