EUGENE MALL, a city center redevelopment, converted a nine block area into a pedestrian mall. Sections of Willamette Street, Olive Street and Broadway were closed to auto traffic. The mall, dedicated in February 1971, failed to live up to expectations. It was unceremoniously dismantled between 1984 and 2002.
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The primary competitor of VALLEY RIVER CENTER was Springfield's GATEWAY MALL. Dedicated in 1990, it was partially demalled in 2015 and renamed THE SHOPPES AT GATEWAY. Today, the complex encompasses 754,000 leasable square feet and houses eighty-four stores and services.
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Eugene's OAKWAY MALL predated VALLEY RIVER CENTER by 2 years. This community-class complex was a combination of retail and office space. It was reconfigured and retenanted between 1995 and 2002 and renamed OAKWAY CENTER in 1998. Today, "Eugene's Lifestyle Center" houses stores such as Nordstrom Rack, Trader Joe's, Pottery Barn and P.F. Chang's China Bistro.
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