Gunn-Eden began in 1988 as an $80 million, 224-acre development north of Ohio 177 (Main Street) and south of Gardner Road on the west side of Hamilton. It includes a blend of retailing, offices, banking, restaurants, entertainment and housing. It involved the extension of Northwest Washington Blvd. from North Brookwood Avenue to Main Street. The earliest developments were the Hamilton Meadows Shopping Center (anchored by Kroger and Kmart) and the Danbarry Cinemas. It was a project of the 177 West Partnership, headed by Irv Tessler. Gunn-Eden sparked the opening of three major retail outlets in 1995, Meijer's, Lowes and Wal-Mart.