When the new, three-story Columbus City Center opened in August 1989, it was the first new mall in Columbus since Westland Mall had opened in 1969.

Thousands visited the downtown shopping center on opening day, and the center's glossy shopping bags with the mall's bird-of-paradise symbol were snatched up by those wanting a free souvenir.

Many of the stores were new to Columbus. In this photo taken that month, patrons wait outside Spinnaker's, a restaurant that was known for its "flowerpot bread."

By 2008, changing dynamics in retail meant that fewer than 10 stores and restaurants remained, and the mall was closed and razed the following year.

Today, the John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons, an urban park with a performance stage and plenty of green space, is on the site.