The original SOUTH COUNTY CENTER was anchored by Famous-Barr. Designed with input from Raymond Loewy, it was the retailer's first "rotunda store". Three more would be built in Greater St. Louis. These were located at NORTHWEST PLAZA, WEST COUNTY CENTER and ST. CLAIR SQUARE {in Illinois}.

The SOUTH COUNTY Famous-Barr opened, in August 1963, 2 months before the mall's official dedication. In a circa-1967 site plan, we see a "New Look" Penney's, which was added to the east end of the shopping facility. This store (shown in light gray) was dedicated in September 1966.