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Pavilion Mall, Beachwood, Ohio
The Pavilion Mall is a sizable shopping center, flanking Chagrin Boulevard, in the heart of the City of Beachwood, Ohio, on Cleveland’s eastern edge. The mall is one of the few retail interruptions in the densely populated corporate and for-lease office corridor that follows Chagrin Boulevard to Interstate 271, Cleveland’s outer beltway, and beyond.
First designed by the local architectural firm of William Dorsky Associates, Pavilion was originally constructed as a rather traditional enclosed shopping mall. It initially comprised a simple ‘dumbbell’ plan, anchored by a single large retailer at one end and a locally popular restaurant at the other, with a double file of inward-looking retail spaces between.
Due to the pressures of growth and competition throughout Beachwood since its opening, the shopping center has since been renovated, expanded and substantially altered on a number of occasions. It access pattern and parking layouts have also been considerably altered over time. Today, the mall includes several large outward-facing retailers, including a grocery store, and several peripheral restaurant and bank buildings. The majority of the center’s original inward-facing shop spaces are still occupied by niche boutiques appealing to the region’s relatively upscale clientele.
Pavilion Mall continues to serve its immediate vicinity as a convenience shopping destination, with such tenants as Marshall’s, Office Max, Steinmart and grocer Giant Eagle. However, it’s role as a premier shopping destination of fine goods has been undercut considerably by the more recent development of such nearby (and more modern and appealing) facilities as Eton on Chagrin in Woodmere, Beachwood Place Mall in Beachwood, and Legacy Village in University Heights.