The Readers Have Spoken – Eastwood Voted Best Shopping Mall



July 24, 2023






Joe Bell                                                                    Hannah DeBow

Director of Corporate Communications           Marketing Director

Cafaro Company                                                    Eastwood Mall Complex                         

330-743-7688                                                          330-652-6980 ext. 102

724-730-4532 (Mobile)


The Readers Have Spoken

Eastwood Voted Best Shopping Mall


The loyal fans of the Eastwood Mall Complex have honored it by voting it the “Best Shopping Mall/Plaza” in the 2023 Readers’ Choice contest of the Tribune Chronicle newspaper.  The Warren, Ohio-based publication annually asks readers to select their favorite businesses in the surrounding region.  According to the newspaper, more than 100,000 votes were cast in this year’s competition.  At the end of the balloting, Eastwood came out on top of a half dozen other shopping center finalists.

The top vote-getters are designated as Gold (1st Place), Silver (2nd Place) and Bronze (3rd Place) winners.  The managers and owners of Eastwood Mall thank the newspaper and its readers, and also congratulate 28 individual businesses operating on the mall complex which also won Readers’ Choice awards.  Those businesses, and the categories in which they were nominated, are:




Best Buy – TV & stereo dealer

Boscov’s – clothing store

Daffin’s – candy store

Dick’s Sporting Goods – sporting goods store

King Cajun – seafood restaurant

Noel’s Car Toys – auto & truck accessories

Pet Supplies Plus – pet store

Premier Bank – bank

Reyer’s – shoe store

Salvatore’s – ethnic food restaurant

St. Joe’s at the Mall – fitness program, health club/gym




Eastwood Field – family entertainment venue

Flynn’s Tire & Auto Care – tire dealer

Home Depot – building materials

Hubbard Music – music store

Kohl’s – clothing store

Mission BBQ – BBQ restaurant

Mizu – ethnic food restaurant

PetSmart – pet store

Tri-Healthy CBD – CBD store

Dr. Daniel G. Very – orthodontist




Bloomberg Eyecare – optometry practice

Books-A-Million – book store

Coin & Jewelry Buyers – pawn shop

Home Depot – appliance dealer/repair, equipment rental, paint supplies

Kay Jewelers – jewelry store

Planet Fitness – fitness program

Red Lobster – seafood restaurant

St. Joe’s at the Mall – rehabilitation center

Texas Roadhouse – BBQ, overall restaurant

Very Orthodontics – orthodontic practice


The Eastwood Mall Complex is located at 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, in Niles, Ohio.  It is one of America’s largest shopping centers, with more than 200 department stores, specialty shops, restaurants, hotels and entertainment options.  The Eastwood Mall Complex is owned and managed in association with Cafaro-affiliated companies, based in Niles, Ohio. For more information, visit online at: and




New Meijer store opens at Eastwood Mall Complex

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 Shianna Gibbons     THE BUSINESS JOURNAL

New Meijer Store Opens at Eastwood Mall Complex

HOWLAND TOWNSHIP, Ohio – After nine years of back-and-forth negotiations, Meijer finally opened its doors in the Howland Commons Plaza section of the Eastwood Mall Complex.

The grand opening comes two years after the Boardman location opened. The 159,000-square-foot supercenter comes packed with an extensive grocery selection, clothing apparel, necessities, a pharmacy, a garden center and a Meijer Express Gas Station.

Doors opened for customers at 6 a.m. Tuesday, followed later by an official ribbon-cutting ceremony.

According to Patrick Hughes, the store director, this new Meijer is providing 350 jobs, with a mix of part-time and full-time positions.

Hughes said the community and his team members have been eagerly waiting for the grand opening.

“The community has been waiting for us to open. So for everyone to come and just see what the hype was about, it’s just been so exciting and special,” Hughes said. “We are about convenience and making an impact on everyone’s lives every day.”

Meijer officials and workers cut the ribbon on the retailer’s new location in the Howland Commons Plaza.

Hughes said Meijer’s originality and values drive the community’s excitement for more Meijer locations.

“We treat everyone with dignity and respect. We are out there to give the best experience that people can get when they come in,” Hughes said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a customer or an employee, we treat everyone with that same respect – it’s very important to the Meijer family.”

Nicholas Morgione, vice president of development and strategy for Cafaro Co., said Meijer’s history was a big motivator to get the supercenter to the Eastwood Mall Complex.

“They are a family-owned business, and that always works really well with us. Boscov’s is family-owned, and that worked really well. [Meijer is] also the originals – Walmart, Super Kmart and all the others copied them,” Morgione said.

Joe Bell, director of corporate communications for Cafaro Co., said the opening has been a long time coming.

“We originally started talks about nine years ago, and at some point we had a contract, and then it was terminated, and we restarted negotiations,” Bell said. “Then it was back-and-forth with the building and construction, but it really looks great, and we’re happy to finally have the doors open.”

Meijer on Tuesday opened its new location at the Eastwood Mall Complex.


Along with the grand opening, Meijer has also given back to the community, according to Hughes.

“Meijer really focuses on enriching the communities that we serve in. To kick it off, we were able to donate $25,000 to local charities,” Hughes said. “Fifteen thousand of that went to Inspiring Minds, which is an organization located in Warren.”

Copyright 2023 The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.


Bass Pro Shops part of Ohio’s Eastwood Mall Growth Spurt



Bass Pro Shop joins in the regeneration of Ohio’s Eastwood Mall

Al Urbanski

Real Estate Editor & Manager – Chain Store Age


Over the past two years, Eastwood Mall outside of Youngstown, Ohio, has executed leases with a bevy of new restaurants and landed a Meijer superstore. This week it hauled in Bass Pro Shops Outpost.

“Shaking hands with [Bass Pro Shops founder] Johnny Morris to bring one of his amazing retail stores here is a crown jewel addition to this complex and the entire region,” said Anthony Cafaro Jr., co-president of Cafaro Properties.

Eastwood is Cafaro’s largest property, encompassing 1.7 million sq. ft. of enclosed mall and 1.4 million sq. ft. of power center space.

The 63,000-sq.-ft. Bass Pro Outpost will be located in the Howland Commons section of the complex, across from the soon-to-be opened Meijer and Home Goods stores. It is expected to be open and running in early 2024.

Outposts carry less theming and merchandise than Bass Outdoor World stores, which run as large as 500,000 sq. ft. It will be Bass Pro’s seventh location in Ohio, but the first in the Mahoning Valley that has a population of 540,000 people—a large percentage of which commutes to work in Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

“This part of the world is home to a proud sporting heritage,” said Morris, who began selling fishing tackle out of his father’s liquor store in 1972  and has since grown it into a 177-store chain. “Our latest Bass Pro Shop in Ohio will make it easy for people and families to enjoy time together in the woods and on the water.  For that we, we are deep down proud and excited.”

Over the last 24 months, Cafaro has also embarked on a wide expansion of Eastwood’s food and beverage options. They will number more than 30 when a new spate of restaurants open, many of them fast casual and sit-down establishments such as Longhorn Steakhouse and Mission BBQ.