A circa-2014 site plan, which includes the upscale adjunct to the mall, THE SHOPPES AT ST. CLAIR SQUARE. It added 84,000 square feet of selling space to the 1 million+ square foot retail hub.


ST. CLAIR SQUARE
Lincoln Highway / US 50 and North Illinois Street
City of Fairview Heights, Illinois

The ninth mall-type shopping hub in Greater St. Louis was developed by the Gateway City's May Centers company. ST. CLAIR SQUARE was built on an 88.8 acre plot, located 13.9 miles east of the St. Louis Central Business District, in the suburb of Fairview Heights, Illinois.

The first store to open at the site was a 2-level (120,000 square foot) St. Louis-based Famous-Barr, which began business October 29, 1973. A 2-level, fully-enclosed mall of approximately 501,600 leasable square feet was added, which opened in October 1974.

It was co-anchored by a 2-level (200,800 square foot) Sears and housed seventy stores and services. Charter tenants included Motherhood Maternity, Spencer Gifts, Lane Bryant and Waldenbooks.

J.C. Penney's 2-level (141,600 square foot) store began business January 28, 1976. It was joined by a 2-level East Wing, anchored by a 2-level (171,000 square foot), St. Louis-based Stix, Baer & Fuller. This store made its debut April 23, 1979.

By this time, the existing Famous-Barr had been expanded into a 247,000 square foot operation. ST. CLAIR SQUARE now encompassed approximately 1,013,900 leasable square feet and housed one hundred and thirty stores and services.

A commercial competitor -albeit a distant one- had been in business for a short time. ALTON SQUARE MALL {25 miles northwest, in Alton, Illinois} was officially dedicated in 1978.

Anchor rebrandings at ST. CLAIR SQUARE got underway in the mid-1980s, when Stix, Baer & Fuller was rebranded by Dillard's. The first face lift renovation of the retail hub consisted of the installation of the 8-bay Square Meal Food Court. It was built in existing space on the Upper Level and was dedicated October 4, 1993.

The shopping center was acquired by Chattanooga-based CBL & Associates Properties in November 1996. In 2002, CBL embarked on an extensive remodeling of the property. The first phase, carried out between January and November, reworked Center Court, where wooden beams were removed. This accommodated larger skylights over the area.

Phase Two got underway in January 2003. This updated the interior and exterior. Entrances were remodeled and the Food Court upgraded. New soft seating areas, flooring and lighting were also installed.

The third expansion of the mall got underway in late 2004. An 8,000 square foot J.Buck's restaurant was added to the front of the complex, which opened September 26, 2005. At the same time, Dillard's was enlarged by 55,000 square feet, becoming a 227,000 square foot operation. The remodeled store was re-dedicated November 1, 2006.

ST. CLAIR SQUARE now spanned 1,076,900 leasable square feet. There were one hundred and forty stores and services, including the former Famous-Barr, which had been "Macy-ated" February 1, 2006.

The mall's renovation and expansion continued with the construction of an 84,000 square foot lifestyle center, known as THE SHOPPES AT ST. CLAIR SQUARE. This was built as an outparcel of the mall proper, occupying its southwest parking area.

A listing of charter tenants included Ann Taylor, Chico's, Jared The Galleria of Jewelry, Barnes & Noble and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. This "associated center" was dedicated March 8, 2007.

Sources:

www.stclairsquare.com
www.almanancecrossing.com
St. Clair County, Illinois tax assessor website
The Belleville News-Democrat
www.cblproperties.com (CBL & Associates Properties)