Indian Mound Mall

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On Thursday, October 23, 1986 at 9:30 a.m., the Indian Mound Mall, located at 771 S. 30th Street in Heath, opened its doors for the first time amid much fanfare and hoopla. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was led by Heath Mayor John C. Geller and was accomplished using a pair of gold scissors dropped by skydivers. There was a large balloon release and music was performed by the Heath High School Band. Following the opening, the celebration continued that week with many planned events including performances by the OSU Jazz Ensemble and the Licking County String Quartet. Helium filled balloons were given out to children and many shoppers enjoyed the mimes, magicians, and clowns. David Glimcher of Glimcher Company, a real estate and development firm, first brought his ideas for the mall to Heath in 1979. Although interest waned in the early 1980s, the plans to move forward with development of the mall began in earnest in 1984.

Several anchor stores that were open prior to the mall grand opening were: Elder-Beerman (opened in September 1986) Hills (opened October 1, 1986) Lazarus (opened October 1, 1986)

The following stores were scheduled to open on Thursday, October 23, 1986:

  • J. C. Penney (anchor store)
  • Abbott’s Cards
  • Amy’s Hallmark
  • Boardwalk Fries
  • C. A. House of Music
  • The Canary and the Elephant
  • Casual Corner
  • Cindy’s Cinnamon Rolls
  • Claire’s Boutique
  • CPI Photo Finishing
  • Deb Store
  • E. B. Brown Opticians
  • Endicott Johnson
  • Fashion Bug
  • Foot Locker
  • General Nutrition Center
  • Grandma Jon’s Cookies
  • Gray Drug Fair
  • Hot Sam’s
  • Kay Bee Toys
  • Kinney Shoes
  • LeRoy’s Jewelers
  • Master Cuts
  • Tash Shoes
  • Paul Harris
  • Petland
  • The Rave
  • Record Town
  • Regis
  • Royal Optical
  • Sparta Homemade Candies
  • Tapeworld
  • Thom McAn
  • Ups and Downs
  • Vittorio’s Pizza
  • Walden Books
  • Youthland[1]



  1. Amy Bates, “Curtain On New Mall Goes Up Thursday,” The Newark Advocate, October 19, 1986, 1D.