The Rockport shopping center at 20001 Center Ridge Road in Rocky River, Ohio was built in 1964 by the Rockport Associates Company. This shopping center lies on 7 Acres of land. Rockport underwent a massive remodel in 1992 (giving it the current look). The shopping center currently has 210,000 square feet of retail space (most of which is vacant).
I am not certain when the 43,797 square foot Rini-Rego grocery store opened up, but the facade points to a mid-1990s store. The Rini-Rego store remained open for a short time after Giant Eagle purchased Rini-Rego's parent company (Riser Foods) in 1997. The store briefly became Giant Eagle before a new Giant Eagle was built a couple of miles away in the Early 2000s.
The 105,000 square foot Target store was built in 1997, but I am unsure what discount store had a store on that site before. Historical imagery on Google Earth make it appear that the store before Target may have been one of the first Kmart stores.
The Target relocated in 2008 to a new shopping center nearby built on the site of the former Westgate Mall. In late February 2012 it was announced that the remaining section of strip mall will be torn-down for a new apartment complex. The owners (Wald & Fisher Incorporated) will retain ownership of the former Target. The company claims that some retail companies are expressing interest into the former Target store.
I am looking for some information on this Rockport's early days, but I have been unable to track down anything but the company that built it and the year it was built.
Here is a site plan I found at showcase.com
Here are the photos I took of this Shopping center on March 31st, 2012.
|According to the site plan this was a Gags & games store|
|The former mid-90s style Rini-Rego grocery store|
|Torn-down section of the shopping center; the old grocery store is in the background.|
|Receiving for the old Rini-Rego / Giant Eagle grocery store|
|The only proof I found that Pier 1 Imports once had a store in this shopping center.|
|An empty lot where the now torn-down section of this shopping center was once located.|
|The left side of the former Target; this side was once connected to a now torn down section of this shopping center. The Hometown Buffet was the tenant attached to the left of the Target.|
|The terrace on the front of the former Target store looks like it has saw better days. There is also the pharmacy sign's label-scar is visible behind the tree.|
|A "Fire Door" on the front of the former Target|
|The boarded up main entrance and the abondoned bike rack|
|A close-up of the boarded up main entrance|
|Where the main Target sign used to be; the Target label-scar is barely still visible.|
|This is a shot showing the side of the secondary entrance.|
|The secondary entrance to the old Target|
|A close-up of the boarded up secondary entrance|
|The former receiving area for Target|
|The back entrance to the old Target|
|Another example of graffiti; notice that this is nearly identical to the one on the back of the former grocery store that also said "TEBS".|
|The side of the old Target that used to be attached to a now torn-down part of the shopping center as viewed from behind the store.|