Remember the blue bricks from the Lazarus store in Upper Arlington? You can buy some soon

Blue bricks from the former Lazarus store in Upper Arlington are going up for sale this weekend.
Blue bricks from the former Lazarus store in Upper Arlington are going up for sale this weekend.

Those who remember the glazed, multicolored blue bricks of the Lazarus (later Macy's) store at the Kingsdale Shopping Center can now take a piece of the former Upper Arlington landmark home.

The Upper Arlington Community Foundation is having a blue brick sale Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday from 12-4 p.m. at the city's Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road. Attendees will have a chance to buy bricks that were salvaged from the store's demolition last year.

To purchase one brick, a minimum donation of $50 is suggested, while $100 is suggested for three bricks. All proceeds benefit the Upper Arlington Community Center Capital Campaign, in partnership with the Upper Arlington Community Foundation.

Those interested can also preorder bricks on the foundation's website, www.uacommunityfoundation.com.

According to the foundation, the blue bricks were chosen with the help of industrial designer Raymond Loewy. They were made by Gahanna-based Claycraft Mining and Brick Company as part of their "Colorifics" line. The blue bricks would go on to be used for the store's Eastland and Northland locations.

The Kingsdale location opened in 1970 and was initially 85,000 square feet before it was enlarged in 1977 to 108,000 square feet, according to a 2015 Dispatch article. Lazarus then became Macy's in 2005 after a series of mergers and ultimately closed 10 years later.

Kroger bought the 6.2-acre Kingsdale site for $10.5 million in January 2015, within days of Macy’s announcement that it was closing the store. However, after sitting vacant for several years and being listed as an endangered building by Columbus Landmarks, Kroger pulled out of developing a store at the shopping center in 2020. 

The site now is being developed into a 155,300-square-foot community center. Tenants include the Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Department, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children's Hospital.

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Micah Walker is the Dispatch trending reporter. Reach her at mwalker@dispatch.com or 740-251-7199. Follow her on Twitter @micah_walker701

This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Upper Arlington hosting sale of blue bricks from old Lazarus store