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big changes ahead for the old mall:

 

Article published Tuesday, July 26, 2005

 

SOUTHWYCK MALL

Deal reached to rejuvenate Southwyck

Perrysburg developer plans $100M open-air retail plaza

 

 

Southwyck offers few clues to its heyday as a top Toledo shopping destination.

( THE BLADE/LORI KING )

 

By GARY T. PAKULSKI

BLADE BUSINESS WRITER

 

 

If Larry Dillin gets his way, the nearly empty Southwyck mall will be replaced by a $100 million "lifestyle center" with open- air plazas, shops, row houses, and even offices.

 

The retail developer, who is best known for the successful Town Center at Levis Commons project in Perrysburg, has reached agreement with the owners of the Southwyck Shopping Center to redevelop the struggling 33-year-old property in southwest Toledo.

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I don't know if that small area (about 5 mile south) between southwyck and Levis or the distance bt southwyck and the proposed fallen timbers (about 5 miles to the east) can support all that retail. 

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There will now be 3 lifestyle malls in the SW chunk of Toledo and suburbs: the Levis Commons in Perrysburg, the Fallen Timbers Mall under construction in Maumee, and the new Southwyck open air mall.

 

It will be the lifestyle mall capital of the world.  :lol:

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From the 7/27/05 Toledo Blade:

 

 

PHOTO: Larry Dillin expresses his revitalization hopes.  ( THE BLADE/DON SIMMONS )

 

Developer sets sights on Southwyck environs

By GARY T. PAKULSKI

BLADE BUSINESS WRITER

 

As local developer Larry Dillin dives into the difficult task of netting a redevelopment plan for the nearly empty Southwyck mall, he will look beyond that big box along Reynolds Road near Heatherdowns Boulevard.

 

Although planning is in the preliminary stages and his exact goals are uncertain, Mr. Dillin said he hopes to offer suggestions for redevelopment of a larger area between Airport Highway and the Ohio Turnpike interchange.

 

Contact Gary Pakulski at:

gpakulski@theblade.com or 419-724-6082.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050727/BUSINESS10/507270386/-1/BUSINESS

 

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From the 7/31/05 Toledo Blade:

 

 

PHOTO: Once-thriving stores present blank faces along the nearly empty corridors of the struggling south Toledo shopping center.  ( THE BLADE/LORI KING )

 

PHOTO: An open-air design like that of Levis Commons is the goal for the rejuvenation of Southwyck.  ( THE BLADE/LISA DUTTON )

 

REDEVELOPMENT PLANNED FOR STRUGGLING MALL

Discount retail expected at Southwyck

By JON CHAVEZ

BLADE BUSINESS WRITER

 

Trapped in a death spiral for four years, Southwyck Shopping Center finally got good news last week with an announcement that the 33-year-old mall is to be redeveloped into an open-air “lifestyle center” with retail, offices, and housing.

 

Contact Jon Chavez at: jchavez@theblade.com or 419-724-6128.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050731/BUSINESS07/50731016/-1/BUSINESS

 

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From the 11/5/05 Toledo Blade:

 

 

PHOTO: Mayor Jack Ford talks about the latest development plan a Perrysburg developer offers for Southwyck Shopping Center.  ( THE BLADE/DAVE ZAPOTOSKY )

 

Ford heralds idea of Southwyck mini-village

By JOSHUA BOAK

and JON CHAVEZ

BLADE STAFF WRITERS

 

Mayor Jack Ford unveiled plans yesterday to transform Southwyck Shopping Center, its near-deserted parking lot filled mostly with weeds and political opportunity, into a miniature village replete with dozens of stores, office space, and 256 "midluxury" apartments.

 

Contact Joshua Boak at:

jboak@theblade.com or 419-724-6728.[/i]

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051105/NEWS09/511050435/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 2/28/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

PHOTO: Mayor Carty Finkbeiner, left, listens as Roy Swanson outlines his concerns during the mayor's second town hall meeting.  ( THE BLADE/JESSICA CROSSFIELD )

 

NEIGHBORHOOD TOWN HALL

Residents tell mayor to revitalize Southwyck

City, developer want control of South Toledo mall

 

South Toledoans last night let Mayor Carty Finkbeiner know that they want the Southwyck Shopping Center revitalized - and soon.

 

The continued lack of progress on Southwyck's redevelopment dominated the mayor's second town hall meeting - this one held in the mall. About 200 people attended the two-hour session.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060228/NEWS16/602280377/-1/NEWS

 

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Let the battles begin!!

 

Southwyck is undergoing a massive redevelopment to compete with the new Fallen Timbers Mall in Maumee/Monclova. There is now a website up with lots of renderings. :-D

 

It's being called the Village at Southwyck as is expected to open at about the same time as the Mall at Fallen Timbers. It looks like the retail scene in Southwest Toledo is about to explode.

 

http://villageatsouthwyck.com/

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Levis Commons.....Fallen Timbers.......Village at Southwyck........Toledo is becoming such a lifestyle center :)

 

.......at least Southwyck is in the city limits!!!!

 

 

Oh and on a side note, a little riddle: How much timber has to fall for that new Monclova Mall? :(

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*shiver*  looking at all those surface lots makes me feel sick

 

Actually, if you've been to the current Southwyck, this is actually an improvement. :roll:

 

Southwyck was one of the last annex areas of Toledo, so it was built in a very suburban manner. It was never very "urban." Toledo did most its annexing between 1950-1970 and then suddenly stopped after Southwyck. It hasn't annexed in 35 years.

 

Currently, it is an abandoned mall surrounded by a huge sea of asphalt with no trees. Southwyck Boulevard wraps around it. On the Boulevard are some low-rise office buildings and a few apartment projects (one is about 7 or 8 stories). It reminds me of the typical run-down retail areas you see in the poorer parts of LA.

 

Toledo is becoming such a lifestyle center

 

I wouldn't go that far since it was one of the last big cities in the country to build a "shopping towne" of any sort...

 

It is weird though that within two years, there will be three lifestyle centers all located in the southwestern part of the metro (Perrysburg Township, Monclova/Maumee, and Southwyck). I'm not sure how I really feel about this. I'd be happier if Levis Commons and Fallen Timbers never happened.

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All I know is Im taking my dollars to this new Southwyck place, it would have been nice if they came up with a more creative name for the development, but anyways its always good to see a new massive project IN Toledo. When is ground-breaking? I heard it will be open for business in fall 07', so ground breaking must be soon.

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From the 5/9/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

SITE PLAN: Proposed Village at Southwyck

 

Plans unveiled for Southwyck

Developer says first tenant signed

By JON CHAVEZ

BLADE BUSINESS WRITER

 

The man converting Southwyck Shopping Center into a retail, office, and residential complex said yesterday he has signed his first major tenant for the project.

 

Stautzenberger College, a private business school on Southwyck Boulevard next to the mall, will move to the 40,000-square-foot former Lion for the Home store, which will be renovated next year, said Larry Dillin, president of Dillin Corp.

 

Contact Jon Chavez at:

jchavez@theblade.com or 419-724-6128.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060509/BUSINESS10/605090359/-1/RSS04

 

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I've got to give this Dillin guy some credit. he may have created a monster out in Perrysburg Township, but at least he's still investing in the central city.

 

Last time I was at the mall (late March), a store owner told me they were moving out this summer because the mall was to be razed later this year. The mall owner had a big meeting and warned everyone.

 

I think Dillard's will stay, especially given the fact they've held strong for so long already. The one store I really hope to see is the GAP. They really screwed over South Toledo when they closed down.

 

If done properly, the project could rejuvenate business all along Reynolds Road from the Ohio Turnpike to Airport Highway, Mr. Dillin said. He has proposed amenities along Reynolds Road including landscaping and decorative lighting.

 

This is important. Southwyck took much of Southwest Toledo with it and is becoming a "suburban ghetto" type place.

 

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^i used to get sorta decent really cheap shit at that gap, ever since the new one at franklin park opened, i haven't found anything there that i liked.  the gap might be going down the tubes.  it closed at mentor's great lakes mall, which i thought was an ok operation.

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I used to be addicted to those clearance racks when they were in Southwyck. One of my favorite metrosexual shirts only costed five bucks!! I never was a huge fan of GAP's styles (pretty mainstream, non-creative), but that damn clearance rack was so enticing. I haven't visited a GAP since they left Southwyck, but even today, I'd surely shop there before Abercrombie. :wink:

 

Most my clothes are from Dillard's now.

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From the Toledo Blade

Hope for Southwyck

Article published Friday, May 12, 2006

 

MORE than one plan to restore Southwyck Shopping Center has been floated in the last decade. Some looked promising, others did not. In every case, nothing happened.

 

Now, although many won't believe in the newest plan until construction begins, there's a lot of potential in developer Larry Dillin's ideas for the South Toledo mall.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060512/OPINION02/605120312

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From the 8/9/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

ELECTION 2006

Council hopeful worries about Southwyck plans

By LAREN WEBER

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Bob Vasquez, one of four candidates running for an at-large Toledo City Council seat, is concerned the Southwyck Shopping Center redevelopment plans could be pushed to the back burner because efforts to develop the Marina District on Toledo's east side have taken center stage.

 

Contact Laren Weber at:

lweber@theblade.com or 419-724-6050.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060809/NEWS09/608090401/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 9/22/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

GRAPHIC: Proposed stores at Southwyck

 

Southwyck plan envisions well-known mid-price stores

By MARY-BETH McLAUGHLIN

BLADE BUSINESS WRITER

 

If developer Larry Dillin has his way, the revitalized Southwyck mall will offer a mix of well-known retailers to serve residents within five miles of the Reynolds Road site.

 

A merchandising plan for the redeveloped Village at Southwyck shows the largest non-anchor stores could be such nationally known chains as Borders Books, Pier One, and Linen & Things, as well as a Sunflower Market with more than 20,000 square feet of space.

 

Contact Mary-Beth McLaughlin at

mmclaughlin@theblade.com or 419-724-6199.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060922/BUSINESS05/609220361/-1/RSS04

 

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From the 11/4/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

SOUTHWYCK

Developer says enclosed mall has no appeal

 

The Southwyck Shopping Center, in its current format, has zero appeal for today's retailers, said Larry Dillin, the local developer overseeing a $125 million effort to revitalize the 30-year old enclosed retail complex on Reynolds Road in Toledo.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061104/BUSINESS05/611040388/-1/BUSINESS

 

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From the 11/13/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

Council gets Southwyck pledge

City: $1.3M to be restored in '07

By TOM TROY

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Reacting to fears that the Southwyck Village project could lose city funding, the Finkbeiner administration is assuring Toledo City Council that the $1.3 million being transferred to the Marina District project will be restored to Southwyck in 2007.

 

Contact Tom Troy at: tomtroy@theblade.com or 419-724-6058.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061113/NEWS16/611130328

 

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From the 11/14/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

Finkbeiner signs pledge to restore Southwyck funds

By TOM TROY

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Advocates of converting Southwyck Shopping Center into an urban village said yesterday afternoon they wanted a written guarantee that $1.3 million being transferred from that project to the Marina District project would be restored in 2007.

 

Contact Tom Troy at:

tomtroy@theblade.com or 419-724-6058.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061114/NEWS16/611140389

 

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City looks at finances to revamp Southwyck

Slum, blight study to be proposed

TOM TROY / TOLEDO BLADE

 

Map of Designated Area

 

TOLEDO - The city of Toledo may ask the state for a “slum and blight” designation for the Reynolds Road commercial corridor so it can use tax-increment financing to help fund the planned renovation of Southwyck Shopping Center.

 

tomtroy@theblade.com

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061211/NEWS16/61211001/-1/NEWS

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Let the battles begin!!

 

Southwyck is undergoing a massive redevelopment to compete with the new Fallen Timbers Mall in Maumee/Monclova. There is now a website up with lots of renderings. :-D

 

It's being called the Village at Southwyck as is expected to open at about the same time as the Mall at Fallen Timbers. It looks like the retail scene in Southwest Toledo is about to explode.

 

http://villageatsouthwyck.com/

Does anyone know where I might find some renderings of Southwyck's proposed replacement?

 

Try the link above

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From the 4/26/07 Blade:

 

 

GRAPHIC: Stautzenberger: At a glance

 

STAUTZENBERGER COLLEGE

2-year school plans to leave Southwyck

Slow pace of mall makeover is cited

By MEGHAN GILBERT

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Stautzenberger College, the first major tenant that signed on for the Southwyck Shopping Center renovation, announced yesterday it is moving to Maumee.

 

The private business school, which has been at its Southwyck location since 1979, needs a larger and more up-to-date facility, but plans to get that at the proposed Village at Southwyck have stalled, college President George Simon said.

 

Contact Meghan Gilbert at: mgilbert@theblade.com or 419-724-6134.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070426/NEWS21/704260364/-1/RSS

 

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From the 5/18/07 Blade:

 

 

Dillard's commits to Southwyck

Decision brightens picture for redevelopment of mall

By JON CHAVEZ

BLADE BUSINESS WRITER

 

The long-stalled plans to redo the Southwyck Shopping Center in Toledo took a significant turn for the better yesterday with the revelation that Dillard's Inc. has made a commitment to remain at the center through 2011.

 

Contact Jon Chavez at: jchavez@theblade.com or 419-724-6128.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070518/BUSINESS07/705180390/-1/RSS04

 

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Link contains a photo.  From the 6/5/07 Blade:

 

 

Developer rethinking plan for Southwyck

Revision to delay work on center until fall

By JON CHAVEZ

BLADE BUSINESS WRITER

 

Local retail developer Larry Dillin said yesterday that he went to a shopping center convention last month in Las Vegas with a specific vision for a redeveloped Southwyck Shopping Center.

 

But the man who created Perrysburg's Town Center at Levis Common said he came back with a revised notion. Redeveloped Southwyck, instead, could have a closer mix of housing and stores than was originally proposed, he said. The change stemmed from suggestions by retailers and others at the convention.

 

Contact Jon Chavez at: jchavez@theblade.com or 419-724-6128.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070605/BUSINESS05/706050395/-1/RSS04

 

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SOUTHWYCK'S FINAL CLEARANCE

Curtain closes on long-troubled south-Toledo mall

Article published June 29, 2008

By JC REINDL

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

The countdown reaches zero today for Southwyck Shopping Center, nearly 36 years after the South Toledo mall opened and became a leading regional shopping venue.  Following management’s orders, the mall’s final holdout businesses — all four of them last week — will have closed shop for good by 6 p.m., effectively leaving Southwyck a retail ghost town of darkened store windows, empty corridors, idle water fountains, and pulled-down metal gates.

 

The deadline brings an end to the gradual decline in Southwyck businesses that gained speed last fall when the Y-shaped mall’s final anchor store, Dillard’s, closed in coordination with the opening of its new location in the Shops at Fallen Timbers in Maumee.

 

Southwyck, in its heyday, could boast 103 stores and three anchors, along with several dozen smaller shops in its “Old Towne” mini-mall wing that was modeled upon the marketplace of late 19th-century Boston.

 

MORE: http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080629/NEWS16/400795138

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Demolition timeline set for Southwyck

Posted: Jan 02, 2009 2:46 PM EST

 

SOUTH TOLEDO (WTOL) - It's been empty since June, but there's now word that the owners of the old Southwyck have agreed to tear it down.  We talked with Councilman Mike Collins who represents this area.  He says the three owners of the building have decided it's too expensive to let it sit here, and they're moving forward with tearing it down.

 

They'll start interior demolition during the next three months and will have the Southwyck site leveled by summer of this year.  Collins says there are no plans, just yet, for future development of site.  That will be dictated by the building's owners, and the economy

 

MORE: http://www.wtol.com/global/story.asp?s=9608460


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End of mall is drawing near

Asbestos removal precedes demolishing of Southwyck

Article published March 19, 2009

By IGNAZIO MESSINA

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Southwyck Shopping Center will be cleaned up and torn down to clear the way for a redevelopment of the South Toledo site into a mix of residential and commercial buildings, Mayor Carty Finkbeiner said yesterday.

 

The cleanup and demolition will cost the owners of the property $2.6 million, which includes a $1.5 million U.S. Environmental Protection Agency brownfield loan awarded to fund the asbestos removal.  Mayor Finkbeiner said demolition of the mall, which would proceed in four phases and run simultaneous to asbestos removal, will take about seven months.

 

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20090319/NEWS16/903190346

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Developer Larry Dillin vows to finish projects

He awaits marina funds, stability for Southwyck

Article published February 24, 2010

By JON CHAVEZ

BLADE BUSINESS WRITER

 

Developer Larry Dillin said Tuesday that he is still committed to completing the Toledo Marina District project, and the redevelopment of the former Southwyck Shopping Center. 

 

Mr. Dillin said once private equity funding is secure, he can move forward on both the Marina District and Southwyck.  There’s probably more interest from retailers going into a redeveloped South­wyck site, he said.  That mall was demolished last year. “For me, [demolition] was a win,” Mr. Dillin said.

 

The developer said with commercial lending mostly dried up, retailers are wary of new malls and shopping centers without surrounding neighborhoods.  As a result, in the last year, many are anxious to know when he’ll develop Southwyck, which has plenty of surrounding rooftops.  But Southwyck, Mr. Dillin said, will take “three to five years before the market turns around for development.”

 

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20100224/BUSINESS07/100229838


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Firm requests $50K for market study on idea of turning Southwyck into recreation, retail center

BY IGNAZIO MESSINA, BLADE STAFF WRITER

Published: 8/16/2012

 

A development company wants the city of Toledo to give it a $50,000 loan for a market study and other preliminary work for its plan to create a recreation and retail development at the former Southwyck Mall area, The Blade has learned.

 

The Bell administration is asking Toledo City Council to approve the money for M.J.W., Inc.  Members of the firm, which they said was a partnership of other businesses, told The Blade they want to put a soccer and baseball fields, an ice rink, a hotel, retail space, and a water park on the 55 acre vacant property.

 

Southwyck development plans 1 - pdf link

Southwyck development plans 2 - pdf link

 

READ MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/Retail/2012/08/16/Firm-requests-50K-for-market-study-on-idea-of-turning-Southwyck-into-recreation-retail-center.html

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^ Yeah, forget about all that Southwyck redevelopment stuff.  Seems that the developer behind the proposal is bad news.  Something that the Toledo Blade discovered by doing some basic research.  And something that the current Toledo mayoral administration did not discover until it was brought to their attention by the Blade.  What an embarassment! :oops:

 

Southwyck rehab plan collapses

Bell failed to vet developer; $50,000 loan scuttled

BY IGNAZIO MESSINA, BLADE STAFF WRITER

Published: 8/19/2012

 

Bold plans to build a veritable recreation wonderland on the site of the former Southwyck Shopping Center started to crumble hours after Mayor Mike Bell and a team of developers made the long-awaited announcement for the vacant South Toledo property.  Friday night-- one day after the announcement and after The Blade raised questions about one of the developers -- Mr. Bell said he would scuttle plans to lend $50,000 to finance a market study and other expenses such as legal fees and a "preliminary design." 

 

"The concept and what they were talking about seemed like it had merit, but the inability of financing makes it seem like something we wouldn't want to bring forward," Mr. Bell told The Blade.  The public on Thursday was treated to its first look at the plan offered by the developers -- complete with a water park, a soccer field, an indoor ice rink, volleyball courts, retail space, and a central hotel.  It also came with a request to help the development alliance with the $50,000 loan from the city.

 

The next day, city leaders were surprised to learn from a Blade review of easily accessible public records that Cliff Gaston, the Toledo man introduced by Mayor Bell and Deputy Mayor Tom Crothers as the lead developer to redevelop the vacant and blighted Southwyck, which closed in 2008 and was torn down in 2009, has a history of buying and selling cheap houses, presided over the collapse of an Old West End adult group home, has been sued dozens of times in Lucas County, and was part of development team a decade ago that failed to deliver on promises to renovate a historic apartment building in central Toledo using taxpayer money.

 

READ MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2012/08/19/Southwyck-rehab-plan-collapses.html

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Seems like a similar situation to the "Mister Tien" situation in Cleveland not too long ago.

 

http://www.clevescene.com/gyrobase/the-mysterious-mister-tien/Content?oid=2772517&storyPage=1

 

Makes me wonder if these people in charge always click on the flashing "You have won!" banners on the top of websites, only to get automatically signed up for recurring marked-up shipments of acai berry energy drinks by the 100 count.

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