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Cafaro has been bringing high-quality retail development to American communities for nearly 70 years.  We recognize the evolving needs and desires of each marketplace and respond by creating centers that become destinations for shopping, dining and entertainment.

This was the vision of our founders, William M. Cafaro and his brother, John.  They started out by developing properties for grocers.  In 1949 they founded the company that built scores of retail centers throughout the country.  Today, the Cafaro portfolio encompasses more than 50 properties with 30 million square feet of space in 10 states.

A third generation of the Cafaro family is now guiding the company.  Co-Presidents William A. Cafaro and Anthony Cafaro, Jr. bring their unique talents and vision to this dynamic organization.  At the same time, they maintain the values of stability and integrity they faithfully learned from their father and grandfather.

Cafaro...from the beginning

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The Early Years

1930

William M. Cafaro and his brother John begin running the Ritz Bar in Youngstown, OH.

1942

The Cafaro brothers start developing grocery stores for the Kroger Co.

1949

The Cafaro company is born, as the Company builds its first shopping center, in Sharon, PA. The development, management and leasing for non-grocery tenants becomes their core business.

1960

The company headquarters building is built on its current site.

1965

American Mall in Lima, OH becomes the company’s first enclosed mall.

1967

Cafaro’s first mall outside of Ohio, Fort Saginaw Mall, is built in Michigan. Other malls quickly follow.

1969

The Eastwood Mall opens. This is its Center Court.

1969

William Cafaro’s son, Anthony M. Cafaro, Sr., joins the company full-time. As a pioneer and industry leader, Cafaro builds over 20 million square feet of commercial real estate during the 1970’s and 1980’s.

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1970

The state of Iowa gets its first mall, with the opening of Kennedy Mall in Dubuque.
The Modern Years

1987

Target Corporation asks Cafaro to develop shopping centers in the Pacific Northwest. Cafaro opens a west coast office in Washington state.

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1999

Cafaro introduces an adjacent sports entertainment facility to the Eastwood Mall Complex in Niles, OH. Eastwood Field is a 6,400-seat baseball stadium for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, a Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.

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2005

Cafaro begins a major renovation and expansion of Spotsylvania Mall in Fredericksburg, VA. In a collaborative effort with the community, local government officials and engineers, the facility undergoes a metamorphosis to become Spotsylvania Town Centre. The redevelopment later includes an open-air lifestyle center, the first of its kind for Cafaro.

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2006

Cafaro completes a multi-million dollar renovation of Eastwood Mall, which includes the addition of an aquarium inside the enclosed mall.

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