RUSHMORE MALL
North Maple Avenue and Disk Drive
Rapid City, South Dakota

Named after the iconic national monument, RUSHMORE MALL was built on 68.5 acres, located 2.7 miles north of downtown Rapid City. The site was adjacent to the Interstate 90 expressway, which had opened to traffic in 1962.

The single-level, fully-enclosed shopping center was developed by Des Moines-based General Growth Management (today's General Growth Properties) and was completed in 1978.

The original mall had three anchors. The first was a 1-level (89,900 square foot) J.C. Penney, dedicated August 9, 1978. There were also a 1-level (43,300 square foot), St. Cloud, Minnesota-based Herberger's and 1-level (124,200 square foot) Sears.

Charter tenants included Motherhood Maternity, Spencer Gifts, Waldenbooks, Zales Jewelers and The Gap. The Commonwealth Amusements Rushmore 3 Cinemas, an in-mall venue, apparently showed its first features in 1980.

Originally encompassing approximately 613,500 leasable square feet, RUSHMORE MALL was first expanded in 1982. This renovation added a 1-level (101,500 square foot) Target discount mart and 20,000 square feet of new inline store space. The addition expanded the mall's GLA to approximately 735,000 square feet.

The second enlargement, completed in 1995, added a 1-level (88,900 square foot), St. Cloud, Minnesota-based  Herberger's (replacing a smaller store) and 14,000 square feet of inline store space. Fargo-based Scheels All Sports occupied the original Herberger's.

The 3-plex cinema had been shuttered in 1990. Its space was rebuilt as the 12-bay Cafe Court fast food complex. RUSHMORE MALL proper now encompassed 829,200 leasable square feet and housed ninety-three stores and services.

A new theatrical venue opened in the 1990s. The Carmike Rushmore Cinema 7, a freestanding structure built adjacent to the northeast parking area, showed its first features in 1995.

In December 1997, a 50 / 50 joint venture between the Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group and Santa Monica-based Macerich Company was announced. The two retail real estate titans acquired the twelve property portfolio of the IBM Corporation's Pension Fund. RUSHMORE MALL was included in the transaction, with Macerich taking on the management of the shopping complex.

For many years, RUSHMORE MALL enjoyed its status as the only regional shopping venue in western South Dakota. This retail reign eventually came to an end. RUSHMORE CROSSING {located adjacent to RUSHMORE MALL} debuted in the fall of 2008.

This open-air, "lifestyle district" grabbed the 30-year-old mall's Target, which shut down October 7, 2008. The snatching of Scheels All Sports took place soon after.

For several years, the Target space sat vacant. Talk of Dillard's as a replacement was just that. A more concrete proposal, involving Marshall, Minnesota-based Runnings Farm & Fleet didn't pan out, either. The vacant Scheels space was finally carved up three ways, with the largest being leased to various seasonal tenants.

Effective January 1, 2012, the joint venture between the Macerich Company and Simon Property Group was dissolved, with Simon assuming management of RUSHMORE MALL. In May 2014, Simon created a spin-off Real Estate Investment Trust.

Known as the Washington Prime Group, it assumed ownership of forty-four of Simon's "Grade B" retail hubs, including RUSHMORE MALL. In early 2015, the newly-formed Washington Prime Group merged with Columbus, Ohio's Glimcher Realty Trust.

On February 27, 2015, J.C. Penney moved into the mall's vacant Target space. They operated there until March 11, 2016, when a renovation of their original RUSHMORE MALL store was completed.

A permanent tenant was soon secured for the old Target spot. Plano, Texas' At Home, a home decor superstore, renovated the (101,500 square foot) building and held a grand opening on June 30, 2016. This store's dedication was followed by a rebranding of the mall-adjacent multiplex. It morphed into the AMC Classic Rushmore Mall 7 in December 2016.

Sources:

"Rushmore Mall" article on Wikipedia
www.macerich.com
www.eyecorp.com
http://movie-theatre.org / Mike Rivest
www.dm.net
http://rushmoremall.com