Biloxi's Edgewater Plaza Shopping City



A 1960s aerial of the Mississippi coastline mall. The center shared its site with the posh Edgewater Gulf Hotel (1927-1971). EL CON CENTER {in Tuscon, Arizona} also had a grand 1920s hotel in its periphery.
Photo from Malls of America Blogspot

In a vintage exterior view, we see the mall's Gayfer's anchor store and the freestanding Plaza Restaurant, which was adjacent to its southeast corner.
Photo from "Explore Retro Design, Mississippi, and more!"


In our first vintage interior view, we have the north end of the South Court. The Hobbyville shop is seen on the right.
Photo from Malls of America Blogspot


The Gayfer's mall entrance is in the background of this South Court view. On the left is Hobbyville and Gordon's Jewelers. Far off, on the right side, is the Walgreen's store entry.
Photo from Malls of America Blogspot

A circa-1964  layout of the 395,400 square foot shoreline shopopolis. There were three major stores; Gayfer's, Goudchaux's and J.J. Newberry and a parking area with room for 3,100 autos. The Food Center supermarket would be converted to a Jitney Jungle grocery in July 1966.


The adjacent hotel was knocked down in 1971, providing space for a mall expansion. The addition (shown in gray) housed forty-three inline stores and a new Sears, which included a freestanding Sears Auto Center. A twin cinema, the first of two that would operate at (or within) the shopping center, was built in its northwestern periphery. This initial venue opened in mid-1973.

In a circa-1997 mall layout, we see that several modifications have been done since 1973. J.C. Penney assumed a vacant J.J. Newberry spot in 1979. Gayfer's was enlarged in the late 1980s. A Food Court took the place of Goudchaux's in 1993. In 1996 and '97, the mall was expanded (in light gray). A fourth anchor (McRae's) and parking garage were built. Penney's was also renovated, taking in adjacent store space.


An exterior view of EDGEWATER MALL shows results of a year 2000 exterior face lift.
Photo from www.jwamalls.com (Jim Wilson & Associates)


An early 2000s aerial view of the complex. Major expansions, in 1972-1973 and 1996-1997, had doubled the size of the original shopping facility.
Photo from www.jwamalls.com (Jim Wilson & Associates)

EDGEWATER MALL took a direct hit from Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Recovery was slow, but, by late 2005, most stores were back in business. A substantially rebuilt Dillard's re-opened in early 2008, signifying the mall's complete recovery from the storm. The complex now spanned 867,000 leasable square feet.


Plans for an in-mall cinema, to be installed in space adjacent to the northwest corner of Dillard's, were announced in early 2017. With Sears' shuttering, in August, this plan was altered. The vacant Sears was demolished, with the cinema built on its space. The new theatrical venue was completed in November 2018. The adjusted gross leasable area of the mall was now 779,800 square feet.
EDGEWATER PLAZA SHOPPING CITY
Beach Boulevard / US 90 and Edgewater Drive
Biloxi, Mississippi

Ground was broken for Mississippi's first shopping mall on December 28, 1962. The complex, situated directly on the Gulf Of Mexico shore, was built on a 41 acre parcel, located 6 miles west of downtown Biloxi.

EDGEWATER PLAZA SHOPPING CITY, a single-level complex, opened for business, with eleven stores and services, on September 26, 1963. The Biloxi-based W.L. Holcomb Company developed the 395,400 square foot facility, which was reputedly the largest enclosed shopping center in the Southeast.

Eventually encompassing thirty-four stores and services, the 7 million dollar retail hub was anchored by a 1-level (81,400 square foot), Mobile-based Gayfer's and 1-level (31,200 square foot), Baton Rouge-based Goudchaux's.

Charter inline stores included Walgreen Drug, Bookland, Hobbyville, Gordon's Jewelers, Thornberry's Toys, Lerner Shops, Baker's Qualicraft Shoes, Kinney Shoes, Broome Studio, a Dipper Dan Ice Cream Shoppe, Food Center supermarket and 1-level (55,000 square foot) J.J. Newberry 5 & 10.

The adjacent Edgewater Gulf Hotel was razed in 1971. Its area provided space for an eastward expansion of the mall. A 1-level (72,800 square foot) Sears held its grand opening August 9, 1972. Jackson-based Waldorff's apparel, and forty-one additional stores and services, followed in 1973. Gayfer's also added a second level, with its store being enlarged to 167,000 square feet.

A freestanding movie house, the Odgen-Perry Theatres Edgewater Plaza Cinema I & II, was built in the mall's northwest parking area. The venue showed its first features on June 7, 1973. An in-mall twin opened in the mid-1970s, which was known as the Edgewater Plaza Cinema III & IV. These theaters were in business until September 1995.

Meanwhile, J.J. Newberry had closed its doors in 1978. The store was replaced by J.C. Penney, which opened for business January 24, 1979. By this time, the mid-century-vintage EDGEWATER PLAZA SHOPPING CITY moniker had morphed into the more up-to-date EDGEWATER MALL.

During a late 1980s renovation, the mall's interior was modernized, with its "space age" design embellishments ripped out. Gayfer's expanded (to 224,300 square feet) with a southeast addition. A subsequent mall remodeling, in 1993, replaced a shuttered Goudchaux's with a 13-bay Food Court. The mall's exterior was also remodeled.

The mall proper was expanded, for a second time, later in the 1990s. A 2-level (160,000 square foot), Jackson-based McRae's was added, which opened for business August 6, 1997. Eight inline stores, and a dual-level parking garage, were built. Likewise, Sears had a second level constructed, for a total of 120,000 square feet.

J.C. Penney also enlarged their store into adjacent space. Originally a supermarket, the area had also housed a J.G. McCrory 5 & 10, which closed in 1996. With the store enlargement, Penney's encompassed 100,600 square feet. EDGEWATER MALL now spanned approximately 815,000 leasable square feet and housed one hundred and ten stores and services.

Gayfer's had been rebranded by Little Rock-based Dillard's in November 1998. In September 1999, Montgomery, Alabama-based Jim Wilson & Associates assumed management and leasing duties for the mall's proprietors, the League, Texas-based American National Insurance Company.

EDGEWATER MALL took a direct hit from Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. In the aftermath, the entire mall was out of business. Sears became the first store to re-open, on September 28, 2005. It would be 4 months before most retailers were back in business.

Stores along the beach-facing front of the mall had been the hardest hit. What remained of the outparcel Sears Auto Center and O'Charlie's restaurant were knocked down. Dillard's shut down just before the storm and was out of business indefinitely.

After 2 years spent haggling over their insurance claim, the Little Rock retailer gutted their building, demolished the front section that had been added in 1988, and built a small western expansion. The 2-level (187,000 square foot) store was rededicated March 5, 2008. Meanwhile, the EDGEWATER MALL McRae's had been rebranded, as a Charlotte-based Belk, in March 2006.

Sears pulled up stakes in August 2017. The vacant building was knocked down, with a (32,800 square foot) movie megaplex taking its place. The mall's Food Court and entrances were refurbished at the same time that the Biloxi Premiere Lux Cine & Pizza Pub was being built. The state-of-the-art 8-plex was dedicated in November 2018. 

Sources:

The Sun Herald
The Biloxi Daily Herald
The Gulf Coast News
Malls of America Blogspot / "Edgewater Plaza" postings by Keith Milford / Comments by "David", "Cora" and "Wes W."
www.jwa.malls.com
http://www.nreionline.com (National Real Estate Investor)
http://www.movie-theatre.org / Mike Rivest
www.edgewatermall.com
http://www.pccmovies.com (Premiere Cinemas)
"Edgewater Mall" article on Wikipedia

Sears, one of two original CORONADO CENTER anchors, operated a 185,500 square foot store at the shopping center.
Photo from http://www.pleasantfamilyshopping.blogspot.com


Another vintage view of Sears, with Pay Less Drug seen on the left.
Photo from http://www.flickriver.com / "Flickriver PhotoStream" / William Bird


Rhodes, which was the original mall's second anchor. The store was dedicated 7 months after the official CORONADO CENTER grand opening. The interior of Rhodes' CORONADO location was appointed with the very latest Spanish (a.k.a. "Mediterranean") decor.
Photo from "Explore New Mexico History, Rhodes & More!"


In this vintage CORONADO CENTER image, we see the Center Court area. Its focal point was the "Coronado's March" statue, which commemorated the Spanish conquistador's 1540-1542 expedition through (what would become) the Southwestern United States.
Photo from http://www.flickriver.com / "Flickriver PhotoStream" / William Bird

The footprint of the original single-level center. In March, 1965, it encompassed around 450,000 leasable square feet and housed twenty-nine stores and services. A Sears Auto Center was a northwestern outparcel.


CORONADO CENTER TENANTS 1965:

SEARS (with Coffee Shop and freestanding Auto Center) / RHODES BROTHERS / FREMONT'S FINE FOODS / PAYLESS DRUG (with luncheonette) / Accents By Ann / Alcon Barbers / Bank of New Mexico / Berland's Shoes / Dan's Boots & Saddles / Dan Judd's Jewelry / Dorothy Gray's for Ladies / Fashion Fabric Center / Given Brothers Shoes / Weleck's Hallmark / Hardy Shoes / Henry's Fine Men's Wear / Kurt's Camera Corral / Lynn's Apparel for Ladies / Mandell's Sportswear for Men & Women / Margo's La Mode / Plaza Books / Red Carpet Gifts / Richman Brothers Men's Wear / Sewing Nook / Sweetbriar Shops Women's Wear / Unique Boutique for Ladies / Vip's Coffee Shop & Restaurant / Wyatt's Cafeteria / Zen's Gifts


The mall grew exponentially during a 1975-1976 expansion. The original 450,000 square foot center was doubled in size, making it into a gargantuan superregional complex. New The Broadway and Goldwaters anchors joined the tenant roster, which now listed one hundred and forty-three stores and services.


In a circa-1997 plan, we see the mall's first Macy's location, which had assumed the old Broadway Southwest (nee' The Broadway) space in May 1996. In addition to its stalwart Sears, CORONADO CENTER now featured Foley's, Penney's and Mervyn's anchor stores.

We continue our "visit" to CORONADO CENTER with two relatively recent interior views of the complex.
Photo from www.ggp.com (General Growth Properties)


These snapshots were taken before a 2014 indoor-outdoor renovation.
Photo from www.ggp.com (General Growth Properties)

New Mexico's largest mall, as it was configured in 2014. 2006 brought the conversion of Foley's into a new Macy's location. 2 years later, Mervyn's was shuttered. It re-opened -as a Kohl's- in late 2010. The Macy's in the western anchor space had closed in 2006. The building sat vacant for 7 years. Dick's Sporting Goods and Gordmans home & apparel set up shop in late 2013.


We wrap up our New Mexico section with a diagram to help clarify the CORONADO mall's anchor store merchandising musical chairs over the years. With Macy's switching places and Foley's coming, going -and then coming back again- it could get confusing! 
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CORONADO CENTER
Menual and Louisiana Boulevards, Northeast
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Chicago-based Homart Development built New Mexico's second shopping mall. CORONADO CENTER, Homart's third retail center project, was located one half mile northwest of ABQ's WINROCK CENTER (1961).

The 450,000 square foot CORONADO CENTER was situated on an 84 acre plot, located 4 miles northeast of downtown Albuquerque. Open-air in format, the shopping hub was officially dedicated March 17, 1965. A 1-level (185,500 square foot) Sears served as its north anchor.

Charter tenants included Wyatt's Cafeteria, Hardy Shoes, Pay Less Drug and an Albuquerque-based Fremont's Fine Foods supermarket. A 2-level (118,000 square foot) Tacoma-based Rhodes, anchoring the mall's southeast corner, opened for business October 1, 1965. CORONADO CENTER now contained thirty stores and services.

A major expansion was built in the mid-1970s. The existing open-air structure was fully-enclosed and a 2-level addition built on its west end. A 2-level (106,000 square foot) Phoenix-based Goldwaters and 3-level (159,400 square foot), Los Angeles-based The Broadway came on board as third and fourth anchors.

The 40 million dollar addition was formally dedicated February 16, 1976, when over seventy new stores opened for business. When the West Wing was fully-completed, CORONADO CENTER spanned 970,800 leasable square feet and housed one hundred and forty-three store spaces.

Commonwealth Theatres built a freestanding multiplex in the southern periphery of the shopping hub. The Coronado 4 Theatres showed its first features June 15, 1977. On December 13, 1985, the venue re-opened as the Coronado 6 Theatres. The movie house was shuttered in 2004.

Some years before, a second mall expansion had added a 2-level (135,000 square foot) Dallas-based Sanger-Harris. This store began business on August 2, 1984. The facility now encompassed approximately 1,105,800 leasable square feet, confirming its position as the largest shopping center in New Mexico.

Four of the five anchor stores at CORONADO CENTER would be rebranded, some on more than one occasion. Rhodes was promoted as a Liberty House / Rhodes in the early-to-mid 1970s and became a full-fledged Liberty House on August 8, 1977. The store became a Hayward, California-based Mervyn's on November 11, 1978.

The Broadway came under the Phoenix-based Broadway Southwest banner in 1979. Sanger-Harris operated as a Houston-based Foley's between April 1987 and January 1989. It became a J.C. Penney on January 31, 1990.

Goldwaters was rebranded as a Denver-based May-Daniels & Fisher (May D & F) on May 7, 1989. A 10 million dollar store remodeling got underway in August 1990. The building was gutted, expanded and rebuilt into a 154,000 square foot structure. A grand re-opening was held October 3, 1991. In April 1993, this May D & F became the mall's second Foley's location.

The July 1996 completion of COTTONWOOD MALL {8.3 miles northwest, also in Albuquerque} did not effect CORONADO CENTER. With the decline of the adjacent WINROCK CENTER in the late 1990s, the CORONADO property was repositioned as the preeminent shopping venue in Greater Albuquerque. Chicago's General Growth Properties acquired the mega mall in July 2003.

Macy's, which was operating in the old Broadway building, initiated a going out of business sale in January 2006. Operations were moved to the Foley's structure, which was rebranded as a Macy's on September 9, 2006.

The vacant Broadway had been acquired by Minnesota's Target Corporation in July 2006. For years, it was postulated that Target would raze the structure and erect a new store. However, plans were eventually announced for a new Target; this to be built on a pad adjacent to WINROCK CENTER. The new Target welcomed its first shoppers in March 2013.

Meanwhile, anchor alterations continued at the "CORONADO MALL". Mervyn's was shuttered in December 2008. The building was thoroughly remodeled and re-opened, as a Wisconsin-based Kohl's, on September 26, 2010.

After sitting vacant for 7 years, the Broadway building was repurposed. Omaha's Gordmans home & apparel chain opened a 1-level (52,600 square foot), upper level store on September 19, 2013. This inauguration was followed by one for a (47,700 square foot) Dick's Sporting Goods, in the building's ground level, which was held on October 11 of the same year.

A face lift mall remodeling, the first since 1995, was conducted between February and November of 2014. The project added new lighting, paint, signage and polished porcelain flooring. Moreover, mall entrances, restrooms and the Food Court were updated.

New tenants included Bonefish Grill and a (22,800 square foot) H & M. Cheesecake Factory was also added to the south side of CORONADO CENTER. This restaurant began business February 23, 2016. With its completion, the mall encompassed 1,111,700 leasable square feet and housed one hundred and thirty-eight stores and services.

Sears, in retail retreat, downsized its store into a 78,100 square foot operation and shuttered its freestanding Auto Center. The remainder of the space was carved into fifteen inline stores, with the largest being an (18,000 square foot) The Container Store.

A grand re-opening was held by Sears on December 11, 2016. The Container Store welcomed its first patrons July 8, 2017. Other stores and services leasing space in the reconfigured Sears area included Lids, Sunglass Hut and Aerie (a fashion accessory retailer). In the next 2 years, stores in the mall's west end were shuffled. The Gordmans chain went belly-up in March 2017. A Round 1 Bowling & Entertainment Center opened in the space in June 2018. 

Sources:

"Albuquerque's Environmental Story, Educating For a Sustainable Community, The Built Environment - A Sense of Place Mid-Heights" / by Phyllis Taylor
Malls Of America Blogspot / "Winrock Center" posting / Comment by "Mapper"
The Albuquerque Journal
www.cinematreasures.org
http://www.movie-theatre.org / Mike Rivest
www.fremontsfinefoods.com
"Foley's" article on Wikipedia
"Macy's" article on Wikipedia
Bernalillo County, New Mexico Tax assessor website
www.ggp.com (General Growth Properties)
Comment post by "Max"
Bismarck's Kirkwood Plaza


A vintage aerial view of Bismarck's first regional-class retail complex. The original mall housed thirty-nine stores and services, with Woolworth, Montgomery Ward and Herberger's as it anchors.
Photo from State Historical Society of North Dakota Archives



An interior view, also from the early '70s. The mallway entrance of Osco Drug is seen on the left, with a Woolworth's nameplate visible far in the background.
Photo from State Historical Society of North Dakota Archives

In our first layout, we see the unique, Y-shaped floor plan of the mall. The original KIRKWOOD PLAZA spanned 422,000 leasable square feet and was officially dedicated in May 1971. 

By 1985, the shopping hub was known officially as KIRKWOOD MALL. A southward expansion (indicated in gray) was built between 1977 and 1980. It added Target and J.C. Penney. The existing Herberger's had been shifted westward and enlarged, with half of its former area becoming part of an extended mallway.

That well-known Minneapolis merchandiser opened a newly-built store at KIRKWOOD in November 2006. It took the place of the old Dayton's.
Photo from www.bismarckpride.com



KIRKWOOD MALL, circa-2012. This plan shows the final footprint of Herberger's, which was expanded, for a second time, in 1994. Scheels moved into a larger store, in the former Target, in July 2007. The cinema, which closed in 2001, re-opened as the Mid Dakota Clinic.


KIRKWOOD MALL, circa-2017. The big news, in the spring of 2013, was about a newly-expanded Scheels store, which had taken in a good deal of adjacent mall space. Shoe Department Encore assumed a vacant drug store spot in the fall of 2014. Swedish high-fashion retailer H & M dedicated a KIRKWOOD location in the fall of 2016.
KIRKWOOD PLAZA
East Bowen Avenue and South 7th Street
Bismarck, North Dakota

One of the nation's more unique mid-century shopping malls was built in the Peace Garden State. Originally known as KIRKWOOD PLAZA, the fully-enclosed complex was designed in a curving-concourse "Y" configuration.

Ground was broken at a 48-acre site, located 1.7 miles south of the North Dakota Capitol, in November 1968. Developed by Bismarck's Paul H. Wachter, under the auspices of the Wachter Real Estate Trust, KIRKWOOD PLAZA was named after Robert Campbell Kirkwood, Chief Executive Officer of the F.W. Woolworth Company between 1958 and 1969.

The first operational KIRKWOOD store, a 1-level (72,900 square foot) Woolworth 5 & 10, opened its doors March 18, 1970. Montgomery Ward dedicated a 2-level (133,600 square foot) location September 23, 1970. The Mid-Continent Theatres (MidCo) Plaza Twin showed its first features October 30 of the same year.

The mall's third anchor, a 1-level (52,000 square foot), St. Cloud, Minnesota-based Herberger's, welcomed its first shoppers March 23, 1971. KIRKWOOD PLAZA was officially dedicated May 14, with its namesake in attendance. Mr. Kirkwood was accompanied by John S. Roberts, President of F.W. Woolworth, and C. Walton Backhaus, the company's Vice President.

Encompassing 422,000 leasable square feet, KIRKWOOD PLAZA housed thirty-nine stores and services under its roof. A few of the original inline tenants were 4-B's Cafeteria and a (17,000 square foot) Osco Drug. It is also possible that there was a Fargo-based Herbst junior department store in the original mall. 

By the late 1970s, a major expansion was underway. The mall site was expanded southward, taking out a section of East Arbor Avenue and bringing in an additional 20 acres. Herberger's was shifted toward the west and expanded into a (58,800 square foot) store. Half of its original area became part of an extended north-south mallway.

The movie theater moved into newly-built mall space and was renamed the Plaza 3 theater. At the end of the new South Wing were a 1-level (98,000 square foot) Target and 1-level (105,600 square foot) J.C. Penney. This store welcomed its first shoppers on January 16, 1980. With this addition, KIRWOOD PLAZA housed ninety stores and services.

Apparently, the Woolworth store was converted to the Woolco banner in the early 1980s. It was shuttered in January 1983. The shopping hub was sold in 1984 to the Prudential Insurance Company of America and renamed KIRKWOOD MALL.

During the same year, Fargo-based Scheels Sporting Goods opened a (29,000 square foot) store in the mall's South Wing. The vacant Woolworth-Woolco re-opened, as a Minneapolis-based Dayton's, in 1985.

Herberger's was enlarged (to 92,000 square feet) in 1994. Montgomery Ward shuttered its store in early 1999. The space sat vacant until 2002, when it re-opened as a Minot-based I. Keating Furniture World.

Dayton's had been rebranded by Chicago-based Marshall Field's in August 2001. This store closed in mid-2005, and was demolished. It was replaced by a 1-level (137,800 square foot) Target, which opened in November 2006.

The old Target, on the southwest corner of the mall, was refitted as a much larger Scheels All Sports. This new location was dedicated in July 2007. With these modifications, KIRKWOOD MALL encompassed 850,000 leasable square feet and housed ninety stores and services.

CVS (nee' Osco) Drug closed in January 2010. The store relocated to a freestanding building northwest of the shopping hub. New York City's Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, who had acquired the mall in September 1987, sold it to New York City's Radiant Partners in April 2011.

Chattanooga's CBL & Associates Properties also had a stake in the shopping center. They bought out all joint venture partners in December 2012, establishing 100 percent ownership of the property. Management had been handled by Chicago's Urban Retail Properties since 1994. This job was assumed by Jones, Lang, LaSalle, also of Chicago, in 2011.

A modest refurbishment of the property was underway by September 2015. The project improved roadway access, installed new landscaping and brought in new tenants, such as Zumiez and Blue Hawk Audio & Video.

A freestanding Panera Bread, built on a pad southeast of the mall proper, made its debut on November 15, 2015. Swedish high fashion retailer H & M (Hennes & Mauritz) set up shop in a 1-level (22,000 square foot) space in the South Wing and opened for business on September 22, 2016.

Sources:

https://www.bismarckcafe.com / Randy Hoffman
The Bismarck Tribune
The (Provo, Utah) Daily Herald
Burleigh County, North Dakota Tax Assessor website
www.urbanretail.com
www.bismancafe.com
www.cinematreasures.org
"Kirkwood Mall" article on Wikipedia
Comment posts by Keri and "TenPoundHammer"
"Dayton's" article on Wikipedia
"Scheel's All Sports" article on Wikipedia


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Portland's Maine Mall 


A circa-1971 advertisement promoting the Pine Tree State's MAINE MALL.
Graphic from the Bangor Daily News

Beantown-based Jordan Marsh opened a freestanding South Portland location in August 1969. A fully-enclosed mall was added to the south side of the store 2 years later.


A physical layout of the circa-'71 complex. Maine's third shopping mall opened for business as the largest in the state. It originally encompassed approximately 510,100 leasable square feet and housed over sixty stores and services.


The facility was substantially expanded between 1981 and 1983 (shown in medium gray). Modifications done in 1994 included a reconfiguration of an existing Food Court and newly-built Lechmere (shown in light gray). Now encompassing around 1,099,000 leasable square feet, THE MAINE MALL is twice the size of its nearest size-wise contender, BANGOR MALL.

Twenty-first century signage announcing THE MAINE MALL. After more than 40 years in business, the complex has retained its status as largest shopping mall in the state. Even after a late 1990s expansion, BANGOR MALL is still over 400,000 square feet smaller.


An aerial view of the sprawling retail hub. That's J.C. Penney on the far right. On top is the Jordan Marsh / Macy's. Sears appears in the lower left corner.
Photo from www.bing.com


Filene's Men's set up shop in the Ground Floor of a vacant Porteous space in 1996. By the time of this circa-2014 plan, that store has been replaced by XXI Forever and H & M. Sports Authority inhabits the building's Upper Level. The mall's primary Filene's, vacant for 7 years, has been retenanted by The Bon Ton, whose grand opening took place in September 2013.

A vista view of the MAINE MALL Food Court. Today's culinary complex features nine fast food restaurants and includes Johnny Rockets, Panda Express, Arby's and Charleys Philly Steaks.
Photo from https://www.ggp.com (General Growth Properties)


Another contemporary interior view. Here we see one of the mall's Central Court areas; this one serving as the apex of the western section.
Photo from https://www.ggp.com (General Growth Properties)


Lastly, we present a circa-2018 site plan. The Bon Ton, which opened in the fall of 2013, closed down in the summer of 2017. The Sports Authority chain went bust in 2016. A Round 1 Bowling & Entertainment Center went into that store's vacant space and welcomed its first customers in the summer of 2018. In the meantime, the H & M store relocated within the mall.
Rhode Island's Warwick Mall


Signage that stands at the western entrance into the Ocean State's one million square foot merchandising mecca. This image depicts the sign as it appeared prior to October 2010, when a new mall logo made its debut.    

A layout of the original WARWICK MALL. The dumbell plan complex opened in three stages. Jordan Marsh, its south anchor, was dedicated in July 1970. Filene's, on the north end, welcomed its first shoppers in September 1970. A mall-wide grand opening was held in October of the same year. At this time, the facility encompassed approximately 768,000 leasable square feet.


A newly-built J.C. Penney opened at WARWICK MALL in March 1980. The store was added in front of the center's West Entrance.


An early 1980s layout includes the aforementioned J.C. Penney. The mall's Outlet Company anchor store had been shuttered in August 1982. It was replaced by a Caldor discount mart in March 1983. With these modifications, WARWICK MALL encompassed around 912,000 leasable square feet.

The Carousel Food Court was installed in a vacant Peerless Company store between January 1991 and August 1992.
Photo from The City Of Warwick 


A renovation of the WARWICK MALL Filene's got underway in May 1996. The store, which had been enlarged by 77,000 square feet, was re-dedicated in August 1997.
Photo from The City Of Warwick 


Meanwhile, in March 1996, Jordan Marsh morphed into the mall's first Macy's. 
Photo from The City Of Warwick 

A circa-1997 plan shows the Carousel Food Court (in gray), as well as the newly-expanded Filene's and original Macy's. This store would close when Macy's engulfed the Filene's chain, in September 2006.


A circa-2006 interior view shows the vaulted ceilings that were installed during an early '90s face lift.
Photo from www.labelscar.com / "Caldor"


WARWICK MALL was devastated by floodwaters of the adjacent Pawtuxet River in March 2010. As part of the shopping hub's restoration, a new logo was commissioned. It debuted during a 40th Anniversary and Grand Re-opening celebration.
Graphic from http://www.warwickmall.com 


By 2013, several changes have been made. Macy's has assumed the north anchor spot. A vacant Jordan Marsh / Macy's, on the south end, has been gutted and rebuilt. Target and Sports Authority stores opened in July 2008 and March 2009, respectively. The old Woolworth's space was expanded into a new Southeast Wing, anchored by Nordstrom Rack. This store opened its doors in November 2012.