Higbee’s was the first department store in the greater Cleveland area. The 12-floor Higbee Company building was the anchor for Cleveland’s Public Square from its open in 1931 until its eventual close on Monday, Jan. 7, 2002. Higbee’s operated as Dillard’s between 1992 and its close. When Higbee’s closed it was the last of the downtown department stores in Cleveland. In 2007 the Higbee corner window and front area of the department store reopened as a Visitor Center.