Vigo County (Terre Haute), Indiana
Plans for Terre Haute's first -and only- shopping mall were formally announced in August 1966. A single-level complex was to be built on a 52 acre site, located 2.2 miles south of downtown Terre Haute. At the time, the parcel was within Vigo County's Honey Creek Township.
HONEY CREEK SQUARE was designed by the Ewing Miller & Associates firm of Terra Haute and developed by Evansville's Guthrie May and Donald G. Davis. The original shopping hub encompassed 275,500 leasable square feet and contained thirty-four stores and services.
Anchoring the initial mall was a 1-level (127,000 square foot) Sears. This store's dedication, held on October 16, 1968, was attended by Katherine Virginia Field, "Miss Indiana 1968".
Stores in the mall proper of HONEY CREEK SQUARE opened in early 1970. Charter tenants included Hillman Jewelers, Osco Drug, Singer Sewing Center, Petrie's ladies' wear, Bacharach men's wear, Orange Julius and a G.C. Murphy 5 & 10. The General Cinema Corporation Honey Creek Square Cinema I & II also opened in 1970. The venue was reconfigured as the GCC Honey Creek Square Cinema I-II-III in 1977.
A 2-level (173,000 square foot), Terre Haute-based Root Dry Goods ("Root Store") opened, as the center's second anchor, on August 13, 1970. This increased the mall's GLA to approximately 448,500 square feet. In February 1972, a Great Scot supermarket was added.
A subsequent expansion was dedicated August 16, 1973. It added a 1-level (69,700 square foot), Terre Haute-based Meis and 20,000 square feet of inline store space. This was joined by a 1-level (95,700 square foot) J.C. Penney -and 60,000 square feet of new inline stores- on August 5, 1981. HONEY CREEK SQUARE now spanned approximately 693,900 leasable square feet. The center was annexed into the City of Terre Haute in 1983.
Anchor store rebrandings commenced on August 13, 1989, when Dayton-based Elder-Beerman assumed the mall's Meis location. In August 1998, Fairfield, Ohio-based Mercantile Stores, which owned the two Root Store locations, was acquired by Dillard's. The Little Rock retailer sold the Roots division to May Company, who rebannered the Root Store under their L.S. Ayres banner. The HONEY CREEK location was "Macy-ated" September 9, 2006.
Meanwhile, a 5 million dollar mall renovation had been completed in 1992. It converted a vacant G.C. Murphy into the Food Courtyard, an 8-bay culinary complex. The east-facing front of the shopping center was rebuilt with an exterior-entranced Streetscape . A new moniker was also bestowed; HONEY CREEK MALL.
The in-mall tri-plex was joined by the Kerasotes Honey Creek West 8 on November 11, 1993. This theater was built as freestanding structure, on a pad northwest of the mall. An additional multiplex was constructed south of the Honey Creek West 8. It opened, as the Kerasotes ShowPlace Terre Haute 12, in the year 2000. The in-mall cinema was then shuttered. The two outparcel multiplexes were rebranded by the AMC chain in 2010.
Chattanooga's CBL & Associates Properties purchased HONEY CREEK MALL in April 2004. 3 years later, they completed a face lift renovation, which brought new flooring, lighting and remodeled restrooms. The complex was rededicated on November 9, 2007. HONEY CREEK MALL now encompassed 676,400 leasable square feet and housed seventy-six store spaces.
Johnson & Miller Architectural Records / Ball State University
Vigo County, Indiana property tax assessor website
http://movie-theatre.org / Mike Rivest