Turn it into a massive hole, just like they did at the (former) Cuyahoga Falls' State Road Shopping Center. The bottom line, which Stow should realize, is even new retail space is going unused or vacant after one year of business. On 59, across from Holy Family, is a new strip mall that's been empty for two years now. That should send a message of how to proceed on creating new shopping districts.
What cities should be concentrating on would be bringing manufacturing and manufacturing jobs to their regions. Selling "things" does not create jobs. Making things does! When city councils in the area, begin thinking about attacting more manufacturing and less about creating shopping districts, they will understand where true wealth begins.
People without money cannot spend money. Unlike what the federal government is telling us, no one can spend their way into prosperity. Debt has never created wealth (unless you're a globalist banker receiving TARP funds). Shopping districts are not what this economy needs. Manufacturing bases and skilled labor is what will cure this stagnant economy.