Grandview Heights Shopping Center, 1927Built by pioneering retail developer Don Monroe Casto Sr., the Bank Block was dedicated in 1928. Considered one of the earliest regional shopping centers in the United States, it innovatively featured 350 free parking spaces-complete with uniformed attendant-to accommodate the rapidly growing numbers of automobile-owning suburbanites. The Bank Block's first tenants included several competing national grocers (Kroger, A&P, and Piggly Wiggly), the First Citizens Trust (later Ohio National Bank), a stationer, barber shop, and pharmacy. It remains the nucleus of Grandview's commercial district. Casto, once described as "the man who changed the shopping habits of the free world," also built the Town and Country Shopping Center in Whitehall and was a dominant figure in retail commercial development in the Midwest for much of the 20th century.
|Series||This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series|
|Placed By||Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, The Grandview Heights-Marble Cliff Historical Society, and The Ohio Historical Society|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 2:29pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 325395 N 4427958|
|Decimal Degrees||39.98376667, -83.04495000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 59.026', W 83° 2.697'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 59' 1.56" N, 83° 2' 41.82" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1235-1255 Grandview Ave, Grandview Heights OH 43212, US|
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