James C. Dragon has had a number of triumphs in his roles as an owner and managing partner. The Central Plaza shopping mall was nearly half empty and in need of renovations when the Dragons bought it in 2000. There were 94,000 square feet of commercial space on a 266,000 square foot property at this location. The capital renovations required to make the Central Plaza a desirable location for businesses were made by Dragon in collaboration with the City of Lowell. Initially constructed in 1965, the plaza housed a Stop & Shop grocery store until 1979, when it was sold. Between 1979 and 2000, when Dragon and his wife acquired the plaza, two different organizations were the previous owners. The Dragons envisioned a retail complex with products and services targeted to the local Lowell community. James and Effie Dragon finally built a plaza that was not only completely filled but also kept that occupancy during the coronavirus epidemic with the help of their son William, a registered commercial real estate agent, who also assisted with property management. This Lowell, Massachusetts, property was sold for around $11 million towards the end of 2021.