What was South Dakota's first mall? Some may cite Aberdeen's SUPER CITY CENTER, which opened in April 1964. It was a fully-enclosed facility, but encompassed only 138,000 square feet. Moreover, it didn't have an anchor store. The first regional-class mall in South Dakota would have been Sioux Falls' WESTERN MALL, which was dedicated in October 1968.
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The mall in Sioux Falls was 10 years old by the time of this site plan. The original complex had been expanded with a second cinematic auditorium in 1974 (in gray). By 1978, WESTERN MALL housed around fifty-two stores and services and spanned approximately 400,000 leasable square feet.