Randall Park Mall was once the "worlds largest shopping center" at the time of its opening in 1976. At the time of its opening, North Randall's population was 1,500 and the mall's employee population was 5,000.The original department store anchors were Sears, JCPenney, May Company, Higbee's, and Horne's. When opened in 1976, Randall Park had a three-screen cinema run by General Cinema Corporation. The theater's "lobby" was one storefront wide, with steep steps leading to the concession stand. The screens themselves were in three auditoriums side by side that opened off the concession stand level. More steps led up a second story to restrooms, projection booth and GCC office space. From the exterior, it looks as though a separate building had been grafted onto the mall. The mall went under in 2009, a repercussion of the area being hit hard by a recession.