We begin with a circa-'62 physical layout of GREAT LAKES MALL. The center, originally without a north anchor store, consisted of two open-air concourses on the north and south, with an enclosed section in the middle. The complex spanned around 275,000 leasable square feet and contained twenty-seven stores and services.

1971 and the original community-class complex has evolved into a superregional-size center! The aforementioned  "May's Great Lakes" opened its doors in 1964, as the north and south mallways were being enclosed. Later on, Penney's was enlarged into a full-line operation. Higbee's and Sears have recently joined on, as third and fourth anchors. GREAT LAKES MALL now encompasses approximately 1,114,600 leasable square feet.