A circa-1976 site plan of the DOWNTOWN SHOPPING CENTER. By this time, the 21 year-old retail hub featured two anchors; Miller's and Proffitt's.


In August 1991, the previously open-air shopping plaza re-opened as the 740,000 square foot OAK RIDGE MALL. Miller's was now Hess's, J.C. Penney had expanded its location and Sears had relocated into an entirely new, full line store. Wal-Mart had come onboard, as a shadow anchor, in the late 1980s.