ALEXANDRIA MALL
Memorial and Masonic Drives
Alexandria, Louisiana

Located near the geographic center of the Bayou State, ALEXANDRIA MALL was developed by the Pineville, Louisiana-based Tudor Construction Company. It was situated 1.5 miles southwest of the Alexandria city center and opened, as a fully-enclosed complex, in 1973.

The 527,000 square foot retail hub was entirely a single-level structure. It was anchored by a 1-level (109,000 square foot) Sears and 1-level (145,000 square foot) J.C. Penney; the latter officially dedicated August 1, 1973.

Charter tenants included Alexandria-based Weiss & Goldring, Shreveport-based Beall-Ladymon, Caplan's, Wellan's, a Green's department store and Piccadilly Cafeteria. In addition, the General Cinema Corporation Alexandria Mall Cinema I & II operated in the South Wing. The venue showed its first features December 25, 1973.

A major expansion of the original shopping center was dedicated in August 1986. This project added over 342,000 square feet of retail area. Included were a 1-level (102,000 square foot), Little Rock-based Dillard's, 1-level (63,000 square foot), Hayward, California-based Mervyn's and a 13-bay Food Court.

The freestanding General Cinema Corporation Alexandria 6 megaplex replaced the in-mall twin cinema, which had been shuttered in 1985. The Alexandria 6 was located on a pad southeast of the mall proper and showed its first features September 19, 1986.

With all of the additions, ALEXANDRIA MALL encompassed 869,000 leasable square feet and housed ninety-seven stores and services.

In 1994, Beall-Ladymon was rebranded as a Houston-based Stage. This was the first of many changes that took place over the following 15 years. A major vacancy resulted when Mervyn's closed in early 2006.

Soon after, Jacksonville, Florida-based Stein Mart, which had taken much of the old Wellan's space, shuttered its ALEXANDRIA MALL store. Weiss-Goldring, a charter tenant, moved to an outparcel location.

The mall was given a interior face lift during 2006. This was followed by the opening of a new anchor tenant. Burlington Coat Factory leased the vacant Mervyn's space, with their store beginning business in March 2007.

J.C. Penney, which took a major hit from Hurricane Gustav in September 2008, closed for repairs. The refurbished store resumed business in July 2009. It was joined by new tenants The Children's Place, The Buckle, McAlister's Deli and Slinkee's (a family fun center in a large portion of the old Wellan's space). The vacant Weiss-Goldring spot re-opened, as a Bed, Bath & Beyond, in 2009.

Today, ALEXANDRIA MALL is owned by the New York City-based Radiant Partners, Limited Liability Company.

Sources:

"Alexandria Mall" article on Wikipedia
Comment post by Scott
www.alexandria-louisiana.com / "Alexandria Retrospective"
"Dillard's" article on Wikipedia
www.ggp.com (General Growth Properties)
www.cinematreasures.org