HONEY CREEK SQUARE
South Honey Creek Drive and West Honey Creek Parkway
Vigo County (Terre Haute), Indiana

Plans for Terre Haute's first -and only- shopping mall were formally announced in August 1966. A single-level commercial complex was to be built on a 52 acre site, located 2.2 miles south of downtown Terre Haute. At the time, the land 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 shopping hub encompassed 275,500 leasable square feet and contained thirty-five stores and services.

Anchoring the initial mall was a 1-level (127,000 square foot) Sears. This store's dedicated, held on October 16, 1968, was attended by Katherine Virginia Field, "Miss Indiana 1968".

Charter HONEY CREEK SQUARE tenants included Hillman Jewelers, Osco Drug, Singer Sewing Center, Petrie's ladies' wear, Bacharach men's wear, Orange Julius, a G.C. Murphy 5 & 10. The General Cinema Corporation Honey Creek Square Cinema I & II opened in 1970 and was eventually reconfigured as the GCC Honey Creek Square Cinema I-II-III.

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 to the retail roster.

A subsequent expansion was dedicated August 16, 1973. It added a 1-level (69,700 square foot), Terre Haute-based Meis Brothers 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 inline stores, on August 5, 1981.

HONEY CREEK SQUARE now spanned 693,900 leasable square feet. The center and its acreage were annexed into the City of Terre Haute in 1983.

Anchor store rebrandings commenced 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 / Famous-Barr, who rebannered the Root Store under their L.S. Ayres banner. The HONEY CREEK location was "Macy-ated" September 9, 2006.

A 5 million dollar renovation, completed in 1992, converted a vacant G.C. Murphy into the Food Courtyard, an 8-bay complex. The east-facing front of the shopping center was also rebuilt with an exterior-entranced Streetscape . A new name was also bestowed; HONEY CREEK MALL.

The in-mall tri-plex was joined by the Kerasotes Honey Creek West 8 on November 11, 1993. It 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 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, consisting of new flooring, lighting and remodeled restrooms. The retail complex was rededicated November 9, 2007.

The most recent anchor alteration at HONEY CREEK MALL involved the Meis / Elder-Beerman spot. It was rebranded as a Carson's on August 14, 2011. Earlier in the year, nine store spaces in the Penney's Wing had been gutted and rebuilt into a (25,300 square foot) Shoe Department Encore. HONEY CREEK MALL now encompassed 676,400 leasable square feet and housed seventy-six store spaces.

Sources:

Johnson & Miller Architectural Records / Ball State University
Vigo County, Indiana property tax assessor website
www.honeycreekmall.com
www.tribstar.com
www.cinematreasures.org
http://movie-theatre.org / Mike Rivest