A rendering from September 1971 shows the prospective CLEARWATER MALL as an L-shaped structure with three anchor stores. The completed complex would turn out to be a pistol-shaped structure with four.
Drawing from the St. Petersburg Times

North Carolina's J.B. Ivey ("Ivey's") chain anchored the original complex, along with Montgomery Ward and Alabama's Gayfer's. Here we see the mall's Main Entrance, circa 1973.

Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy, stars of stage, screen and television, officiated at the November 8, 1973 grand opening of CLEARWATER MALL.
Photo from Wikipedia / National Broadcasting Company