19th Avenue and 17th Street
Lewiston, Idaho

The sixth shopping mall in the Gem State originated with a single-level strip center. Built on a 28 acre site, located 1.2 miles south of downtown Lewiston, LEWISTON CENTER encompassed 225,000 leasable square feet and was dedicated in September 1965.

Built by the Nampa-based Daum Development Corporation, LEWISTON CENTER was anchored by a 1-level (48,000 square foot) W.T. Grant, 1-level (38,600 square foot) Montgomery Ward and 1-level (44,900 square foot), Minneapolis-based Tempo Discount Center. Junior anchors of the shopping venue were PayLess Drug and a Buttrey's Food Super Store. There were seven additional stores and services.

Tempo became the first major tenant to receive a new nameplate. A Rasco Tempo trademark was installed in September 1969. The store closed in March 1976. Grants' at LEWISTON CENTER had been shuttered in November 1975. Its space was retenanted by J.C. Penney, who relocated from their downtown Lewiston location on August 24, 1977.

The vacant Rasco Tempo space was taken by Seattle-based The Bon Marche, which moved from its center city spot on July 24, 1978. Montgomery Ward's LEWISTON CENTER store was shuttered in 1982 and re-opened, as a Bellevue, Washington-based Lamonts, in the fall of 1984. The Buttrey's Food store closed in July 1987, with the store space being assumed by Sears.

Meanwhile, a 25,000 square foot addition was built on the north-facing front of the open-air strip center. It was fully-enclosed and consisted of fifteen inline stores. These included Andrews Hallmark, Karmelkorn, Orange Julius and Third Dimension.

A celebration commemorating the opening of the expansion began September 24, 1981 and lasted for 10 days. Featured were the Lewiston High School Pep Band, Jawbone Flats Barbershop Singers, Lewis & Clark Sweet Adelines and a square dancing exhibition by the Twin City Twirlers.

With the completion of the addition, the 250,000 square foot shopping venue was renamed LEWISTON CENTER MALL. It was -and remains- the only major shopping center in the city. Its only commercial competitor within a 30 mile radius would be Moscow, Idaho's PALOUSE (EMPIRE) MALL (1979).

The LEWISTON CENTER MALL Lamonts was shuttered in 1995. It re-opened, as a Fresno-based Gottschalks, in the year 2000 and was shuttered in 2007. The Bon Marche was rebranded, as Bon-Macy's, on August 1, 2003 and was fully "Macy-ated" March 6, 2005.

A second major vacancy was created in 2012, when Sears shut down. The store space was renovated and re-opened, as a Columbus, Ohio-based Big Lots, November 8, 2012. The Gottschalks building sat vacant for 5 years and was eventually demolished. A 1-level (59,400 square foot) store was built for Boise-based Winco Foods. It was dedicated November 6, 2014.


The Lewiston Morning Tribune
"The Bon Marche", "Lamonts" and Gottschalks" articles on Wikipedia


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