In this circa-1970 site plan, we see the original layout of SOUTHLAND CENTER. It was a single-level structure of sixty-five stores and approximately 534,200 leasable square feet.


HUDSON'S (with Budget Store) / KROGER supermarket / F.W. WOOLWORTH 5 & 10 (with luncheonette) / SOUTHLAND THEATRES 1 & 2 / Albert's / Artiste Beauty Salon / Athlete's Foot / Baker's Shoes / Big Boy restaurant / Dr. Bordand, Optometrist / Brenda R. Studio / Candy World / Chess King / Circus World / Corey's Jewel Box / Detroit Bank & Trust / Elliott Travel Service / Fanny Farmer Candies / Flagg Brothers Shoes / Foxmoor Casuals / Franklin Simon / L.G. Haig Shoes / Bamby's Barber Shop / Hartman's / Homemaker Shop / Hot Sam Pretzels / Hudson's Juice Bar / Hugh Jarvis Gifts / Hughes Hatcher Suffrin / Jo-Ann Fabrics / Kinney Shoes / Lady Orva Hosiery / Land of Hi-Fi / Lane Bryant / Marianne's / Meyer Jewelry / Phillip's Shoes / Plum Tree / Petal Pusher / Ray's Prime Meats / Richman Brothers / Sallan Jewelers / Sander's / Schiller Millinery / Singer Sewing Center / Sonny's Hair Stylist / Southland Coney Island / Suzy Shop / Tell Time Shop / T.H.E. Service Center / Thom McAn Shoes / Tie Rak / United Shirt / US Post Office / Van Horne's / Winkelman's / Wurlitzer Store         

The mall's first two expansions are shown in this circa-1988 physical layout. The first, an East Wing with a J.C. Penney anchor store, was completed in 1976 and is indicated in dark gray. The second enlargement of the shopping hub, finished in 1988, added a Mervyn's and appears in lighter gray. By this time, the Hudson's Budget Store had gone through a permutation into The Rainbow Store. This was gone by the 1980s, when the existing Hudson's expanded into its vacated store space.

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Pittsburgh's Northway Mall

The original trademark of Greater Pittsburgh's NORTHWAY MALL. The 394,000 square foot complex opened, in August 1962, as the first enclosed shopping center in the Keystone State.
Graphic from the James W. Rouse Company

Staff members of Community Research & Development (the builders of NORTHWAY MALL) use a rendering of the prospective shopping center as a photo op.
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A rendering of the 170,000 square foot Horne's at NORTHWAY MALL. Upon its 1962 dedication, it was the chain's largest branch store. It would be trumped, in July 1965, by the Horne's at the new SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE.
Drawing from the James W. Rouse Company

A high-definition Complete Plan shows all of the center's stores and services, as of November 1962. The complex was an expansion of the circa-1953 McKNIGHT SHOPPING CENTER, which is shown in dark gray. NORTHWAY MALL encompassed 2 levels. The original strip center comprised the McKnight Level. The new interior mall above it was known as the Upper Mall Level.


A & P Supermarket / F.W. WOOLWORTH (with luncheonette) / THRIFT DRUG (with luncheonette) / Arrow Cleaners / Colonial Trust Bank / Damis & Santini Jewelers / Foley's Restaurant / George Barbarita's Shoe Repair / Glo-Ran Pet Supply / Gulf Service Station (outparcel) / Heintzelman's Gourmet / Korinis Candy / McKnight Center Barber Shop / McKnight Realty Company / Parkway Hardware / Rabold Bakery / Van Elle Children's Shop / Wlodek Meat Market 


JOSEPH HORNE COMPANY (with Budget Store and Antoine and American Beauty Salons) / A & P supermarket / F.W. WOOLWORTH (with luncheonette) / G.C. MURPHY (with luncheonette) / Allegheny Valley Typewriter / Allioto's Produce / Arrow Cleaners / Baker's Shoes / Barkus Bakery / A.S. Beck Shoes / Best Jewelers / The Card Mart / Carole Ann Shop / Dimling's Candy / East Park Savings & Loan Association / Equitable Gas Company / Evie's Beauty Salon / Fashion Hosiery Shops / Florsheim Shoes / Glo-Ran Pet Supply / Gulf Oil (outparcel) / Heintzelman's Gourmet / Hughes & Hatcher men's wear / Isaly's Ice Cream & Delicatessen / Jayson's Men's Store / Jim's Shoe Repair / Kamp's Shoes / Kinney Shoes / Korinis Candy / Lane Bryant ladies' wear / Loft's Candy Shop / Ludwig Florist / Marianne Shop ladies' wear / Maxine's House of Fashion ladies' wear / Miles Tweed Shop / National Record Mart / Anthony La Rocca Barber Shop / Northway Community Hall / Northway Mall Medical Offices / Northway Optometrist / Northway Sports Center / Parklane Hosiery / Parkway Hardware / Pittsburgh National Bank / Rabold Bakery / Rapson's Cravats / Rattner's ladies' wear / Red Coach Restaurant (with Tree Top Lounge) / Reizenstein's / Ritz Camera Center / Santini Jewelers / Sherwin-Williams Paints / Singer Sewing Center / Standard Sportswear / Steele's Shoes / Thrift Drug (with Terrace Room Restaurant) / Tiffen Lounge / Waldenbooks / Wlodek Meats / Yamron's / Young Vogue  

The South Court on the Upper Mall Level of NORTHWAY doubles as a ballroom for a 1964 party.
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Isaly's Ice Cream & Delicatessen, with its Mondrian-inspired storefront. It was one of twenty-eight original McKnight Level tenants.
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The bird aviary, a fixture of the Upper Mall Level corridor. Originally stocked with exotic birds, such as Australian Finches, South American Toucans and talking Mynahs, it was removed during a mid-1990s renovation.
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The South Court of the mall is decorated for the yuletide season.
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A 1970s shot of the Woolworth 5 & 10, a tenant of the Upper Mall Level. It was one of two 2-level retail stores in the shopping hub; the other being Joseph Horne Company.
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The NORTHWAY A & P. A part of the original 1950s strip center, the grocery closed in the late '70s. It was replaced by Herman's World of Sporting Goods (1979-1994) and then Borders (1995-2011).
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By the time of this circa-1995 layout, NORTHWAY MALL had been renovated twice. The first redo, a response to the opening of the too close for comfort ROSS PARK MALL, was done in 1987-'88. It created a 2-level Atrium and installed an 8-plex cinema. A second remodeling, done in 1994-'95, reworked the Upper Level mallway, adding a new entry hall. Dick's, Borders, Marshalls and Old Navy stores joined the tenant list.

In late 2005, a new mall moniker and logo were presented...SHOPPES AT NORTHWAY.
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A third mall makeover was done in 2007-2008. Half of the Upper Level was demolished, opening stores to the rear parking area. The remodeling failed to bring a retail resuscitation. By the end of 2008, Old Navy, Dress Barn and Value City would be shuttered.

The McKnight Road facade of the Dick's-Value City structure. In the 1962 mall, this housed a Joseph Horne Company anchor store.
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The Main Entrance of SHOPPES AT NORTHWAY, which also faced McKnight Road. In 1962, the two upper floors were leased as the Red Coach Hickory Buffet Restaurant and Tree Top Lounge.
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A view of the interior of SHOPPES AT NORTHWAY. The upper floor of the Atrium seen here was originally the South Court in NORTHWAY MALL. The lower floor originally housed a Horne's Budget Store.
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Germany's Aldi chain opened a freestanding discount grocery store at THE SHOPPES AT NORTHWAY in November 2007.
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Plans for a massive redevelopment of the struggling SHOPPES AT NORTHWAY were well underway by early 2015. A new name (the fourth for the shopping hub) was bestowed in March. The power center-to-be would be known, henceforth, as THE BLOCK NORTHWAY.
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Nordstrom Rack dedicated their THE BLOCK store in August 2016.
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The Container store followed, with its debut taking place in the following October.
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McKnight Road / US 19 and Babcock Boulevard
Allegheny County (Ross Township), Pennsylvania

The first fully-enclosed shopping mall in the Keystone State was built on a 29 acre plot, located 7.5 miles north of Pittsburgh's "Golden Triangle". The complex started out as the McKNIGHT SHOPPING CENTER, a single-level (55,000 square foot) strip plaza of seventeen stores, which had opened for business December 10, 1953.

In the early 1960s, Maryland's James W. Rouse Company purchased the strip center, enclosed it and added a fully-enclosed upper level. Designed by Victor Gruen Associates, Karl O. Van Leuven and Flannery & Associates, the 10 million dollar NORTHWAY MALL encompassed 394,000 leasable square feet. There were sixty-four store spaces and seven retail kiosks.

The complex was officially dedicated August 1, 1962, with Governor David L. Lawrence (D) cutting the ceremonial ribbon. NORTHWAY MALL, which featured the nation's third glass elevator, was anchored by a 2-level (170,000 square foot), Pittsburgh-based Joseph Horne Company. This operation, the fifth branch in the chain, stood on the south end of the mall and included a 20,000 square foot Budget Store.

Three tenants in the original strip center, F.W. Woolworth, Thrift Drug and Evie's Beauty Salon, moved into larger quarters within the newly-constructed mall section. The existing A & P was expanded and throroughly renovated. New stores in the mall included National Record Mart, Parklane Hosiery and Isaly's Ice Cream & Delicatessen.

The enclosed mallway corridor at NORTHWAY was landscaped with tropical foliage, which included tufted fishtail palms, India rubber trees, lady finger banana trees, fig vines and pygmy date palms.

NORTHWAY was the premier shopping center in Pittsburgh's "North Hills" area for several years. Its first commercial competition came when NORTH HILLS VILLAGE {.9 miles south} was rebuilt as an enclosed mall in 1976. In 1986, ROSS PARK MALL {.7 miles southwest} opened, which was a 1.2 million square foot, superregional center.

As its first competitive measure, NORTHWAY MALL was given a facelift renovation in 1979, which included new wooden paneling and interior landscaping. The A & P supermarket space, vacated in the spring of 1979, was rebuilt as a Carteret, New Jersey-based Herman's World of Sporting Goods. This store opened for business October 31, 1979.

Horne's downsized into a lower level Home Store in 1986. This was shuttered in mid-1987. By this time, the mall was in a state of decline. A new owner, the Dallas-based Southwest Corporation, embarked on a major renovation of the structure, which was completed -and dedicated- October 9, 1987.

The South Court had been opened up to the floor below, which had originally been occupied by the Horne's Budget Store. A 2-level Atrium was created. The G.C. Murphy space, vacated in December 1985, became the Super Saver Cinema 8. The first features were shown April 1, 1988.

Horne's 77,000 square foot upper level re-opened, as an Erie, Pennsylvania-based Dahlkemper's Catalog Showroom, October 9, 1987. The lower level, encompassing 73,500 square feet, was refashioned into a Columbus, Ohio-based Value City. It's grand opening was held November 25, 1988. The shopping hub now encompassed ninety stores and services.

A 2-level space at the front of the mall, originally leased as a Red Coach Restaurant and cocktail lounge, was rebuilt into an office level mezzanine and 7-bay Food Court in 1990. The original eateries were China Fan, Rax Roast Beef, The Covered Wagon, Chicken & Fries, Greek Deli and Mama Lucia's Pizzaria (a 1974 tenant that had relocated from a store on the mall's McKnight Level).

F.W. Woolworth, which had operated at the mall site since 1953, shuttered their store in January 1991. The building would sit vacant for 5 years. Herman's World Of Sporting Goods and Dahlkemper's folded in 1993. In June of that year, a 13.5 million dollar renovation was announced.

The empty Dahlkempers became a Dick's Sporting Goods in March 1994, with the vacant Herman's, on the Lower (McKnight) Level, being expanded into adjacent space. A Borders Books was dedicated April 21, 1995.

As these stores were established, the Upper Level mallway was being reconfigured. A new entry was cut through the existing Super Saver Cinema and the vacant Woolworth space was expanded southward. A new Marshalls opened there in 1994.

A mall corridor was also cut through previously existing store space adjacent to Marshalls. A new escalator linked this corridor with the Lower Level of the shopping hub. The renovated mall was officially re-dedicated May 4, 1995.

At the same time, the mall was being sold to Dallas-based MacNeil Real Estate. They flipped the property, with the Dallas-based Archon Group assuming ownership in May 2000. Only 5 months later, the mall was sold again. The buyer, known as Northway Limited Partners, was a joint venture of Pittsburgh's John McKinney and John Zemet.

At the turn of the century, the mall was still in a downward spiral that renovations in the late 1980s and mid-1990s had failed to reverse. It was decided to go with the current trend in retail and perform a partial demalling. A new name, SHOPPES AT NORTHWAY, was bestowed in late 2005, with demolition work getting underway in early 2007.

The cinema, shuttered January 21, 2007, was demolished, along with twelve adjacent stores on the Upper Level. In all, 58,000 square feet of Upper Level space was torn down, with the remaining stores opened to the adjacent parking lot. In essence, the mall was made into a "village environment"...a hybrid, enclosed and open-air shopping venue.

New tenants were signed, such as Shoe Carnival, Home Styles & More and The Kid Company, a family play center. An Aldi discount grocery opened, as an outparcel structure, November 8, 2007. Unfortunately, a severe economic downturn came along just as the renovation of the shopping hub was being completed. Value City, Old Navy, The Kid Company and Dress Barn were out of business by late 2008. Borders Books bit the dust September 13, 2011.

A new power center in the vicinity exacerbated the decline of SHOPPES AT NORTHWAY. The first phase of McCANDLESS CROSSING {1.1 mile north, in Allegheny County} was dedicated in November 2010. The new shopping venue eventually snatched the primary anchor of SHOPPES AT NORTHWAY. Dick's Sporting Goods shut its doors April 8, 2014.

Meanwhile, in early 2012, Northway LP defaulted on their mall loan. The complex was bought out of bankruptcy in December 2012. Its new owner, Akron, Ohio's LRC Realty, acquired an adjacent property (formerly an elementary school) and were working on incorporating it into the plan for a renewed shopping hub, to be known as NORTHWAY COLLECTION.

In March 2015, an alternate name, THE BLOCK NORTHWAY, was announced. Rumor had it that Washington State's Costco was coming on board, but this didn't pan out. However, Nordstrom Rack and The Container Store were eventually confirmed as future tenants of the prospective 467,800 square foot power center.

Nordstrom Rack opened their (40,000 square foot) store at THE BLOCK on August 26, 2016. A (36,000 square foot) Container Store began business October 13 of the same year. Existing mall tenants Marshalls and PetSmart have been joined by new J. Crew Mercantile, Ulta Beauty, Saks Off Fifth and DSW stores.


"Northway Mall" article on Wikipedia
"Joseph Horne Company" article on Wikipedia
"Ross Park Mall" article on Wikipedia
"Dahlkemper's" article on Wikipedia
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pittsburgh Press / November 1, 2006 / Jeff Fuller, staff writer
Pittsburgh's South Hills Village

The original -circa-1965- trademark for SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE. At the time of its official dedication, in July 1965, the 1,137,000 square foot, fully-enclosed complex was one of the largest interior malls in the nation.
Graphic from Don-Mark Realty

A rendering of Center Court in Greater Pittsburgh's shiny new shopper's city. Its fully-enclosed mallway was landscaped with towering Royal Palm trees and included several fountains and reflecting pools. There were also a multilevel bird aviary and simulated "Wonderfall" fountain.
Drawing from DonMark Realty / Oxford Development

Promoted as "more beautiful, more resplendent, more elegant than anything you could imagine",  the double-decked shopping complex was hailed as a "miracle of modern retailing". It originally housed eighty-two stores and services, including Hughes & Hatcher, Lerner Shops, a 1-level F.W. Woolworth 5 & 10 and two supermarkets.


JOSEPH HORNE COMPANY (with freestanding Tire Center) / GIMBELS-PITTSBURGH (with freestanding Tire Center) / SEARS (with Coffee Shop and freestanding Auto Center) / A & P SUPERMARKET (outparcel) / GIANT EAGLE Supermarket (outparcel) / F.W. WOOLWORTH (with Harvest House Cafeteria) / Ames Joyce Red Cross Shoes / Angus Pet Shop / Bailey, Banks & Biddle Jewelers / Baker's Shoes / Block's ladies' wear / Bond Clothes / Byers Children's Shop / B - G Restaurant / Camera & Card Shop / Carole Ann Shop ladies' wear / Chandler's Shoes / Charles The Cobbler / Children's World / Coventry, Limited / DeRoy Jewelers / Dimling's Candy / Don Mark Realty / South Hills Dry Cleaners / Emil's Barber Shop / Ernie's Delicatessen / Fabric Tree / Fanny Farmer Candies / Fashion Hosiery Shop / Ferry Electric / Florsheim Shoes / Foxwood Casuals / Frothey's Beer Mart / GNC / Hanover Shoes / House of Wine / Hughes & Hatcher / International Art Gallery / International Gifts, Incorporated / Isaly's Ice Cream & Delicatessen / Jack Dandy Ties / Jenny Lee Bakery / Joel's Hairstyling Salon / Kamp's Shoes / Kard Korner / Kardon Shoes / Kinney Shoes / Lane Bryantladies' wear / Lerner Shops / Maggi's / Maxine's House of Fashion / Max Azen's / May Stern & Company Furniture / Meder & Associates / Miller's Fashions / National Men's Store / National Record Mart / Page Boy Maternity Shop / Parklane Hosiery / Peck & Peck For Men / People's Thrift Company / Pup-A-Go-Go Hot Dogs / Singer Sewing Center / Southway Sports Center / Standard Sportwear / Stouffer's Restaurant / Sun Drug / Susan Ives / The Fruit Basket / A Shop Called East / Thom McAn Shoes / Tweed Shop / Village Barber Shop / Village Butcher Shop / Village Studio of High Fashions / Vision Center / Waldenbooks / Western Pennsylvania National Bank / Whitehead Hardware

A vintage interior view of SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE. Here we see the mall's "Wonderfall" waterless fountain, a so-called "dazzling rainfall of liquid light". These simulated water features consisted of a circle of floor-to-ceiling nylon strings. Drops of glycerine dripped down the strands, creating a watery illusion.
Photo from / William Bird

The SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE Joseph Horne Company, the center's original south anchor and the eighth unit in the Pittsburgh-based chain.
Rendering from Don Mark Realty / Oxford Development

Above and below are views of the mall's north anchor. It opened -in 1965- as a Gimbels-Pittsburgh and was rebranded, as seen in this photo, in August 1987. 
Photo from Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 

The store became a Boscov's in August 2006, but was shuttered in October 2008.
Photo from

A Port Authority Transit train, boarding in Pittsburgh's center city subway, inroute to the South Hills Village station stop. The "T" LRT system, an upgrade of a 19th Century streetcar grid, was inaugurated in July 1985.
Photo from Dr. John Bell, Presbyterian University

A circa-2009 site plan of the mall, which has evolved into one of -if not- the most upscale shopping centers in Greater Pittsburgh. The original retail hub was expanded in 1994 (shown in dark gray). A new freestanding cinema (in medium gray) was built in 1998. Barnes & Noble opened in April 2005.

An interior view, which shows the appearance of the SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE mallway before a recent facelift renovation was completed.
Photo from (Simon Property Group)

The next new thing at SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE, a combo Target-Dick's structure. The mall's new "upscale discount store" occupied the first level of the old Gimbels, with a 60,000 square foot addition to the north and west sides of the building. Dick's utilized most of the two upper levels. The new stores opened for business in March 2013.
Photo from (Simon Property Group)

In a physical layout dated 2015, we see the combo Target-Dick's Sporting Goods on the north end of the mall. New outparcel stores include DSW Shoe Warehouse and Ulta Beauty, in the back parking area Convenience Center, and Bonefish Grill and Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, which have been built in front of the mall.

A rendering of a newly-remodeled mall entrance. SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE was given a comprehensive indoor-outdoor makeover during 2014.
Drawing from (Simon Property Group) 
Washington Road / US 19 and Fort Couch Road
Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania

The first enclosed shopping complex in the environs of Pennsylvania's "Iron City", NORTHWAY MALL, was a rebuild of a 1953-vintage strip center. Pittsburgh's first retail hub built as a fully-enclosed structure was situated on an 85 acre tract, 7.5 miles south of the "Golden Triangle".

SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE straddled the corporate limits of suburban Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair. It was designed by Los Angeles-based Welton Becket & Associates and Victor Gruen Associates, with additional input from Pittsburgh-based Hoffman, Loeffler & Wolfe. The 2-level complex was built by Pittsburgh-based Don-Mark Realty, which later became Oxford Development. Its official grand opening was held July 28, 1965.

Encompassing approximately 1,137,000 leasable square feet, SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE was anchored by a 2-level (169,300 square foot) Gimbels-Pittsburgh, 2-level (193,000 square foot), Pittsburgh-based Joseph Horne Company and 2-level (146,000 square foot) Sears.

Charter tenants included Lerner Shops, Pup-A-Go-Go, Sun Drug, and an F.W. Woolworth 5 & 10, with Harvest House Cafeteria. A & P and Giant Eagle supermarkets were located in a western Convenience Center annex. In all, there were eighty-two stores and services. The single-screen (1,300 seat) Village Theatre, built as an eastern outparcel by Stanley Warner Theatres, was dedicated July 19, 1966.

Retail rivals included CENTURY III MALL (1979) {5.6 miles east, in West Mifflin} and the upscale GALLERIA OF MOUNT LEBANON (1964 / 1988) {.8 mile north, in Mount Lebanon}. There was also PARKWAY CENTER MALL (1982) {5.4 miles north, in Pittsburgh proper}, but this was a much smaller, community-class complex. Lastly, mention of VILLAGE SQUARE (1982) {.3 mile northeast, in Bethel Park} might be in order. This bi-level, fully-enclosed complex, originally a mini-outlet shopping hub, was demalled, into various big box stores, in 1997.

SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE joined the ranks of America's rail transit-adjacent shopping malls with the completion of the 10.5 mile, "Stage 1" T SUBWAY line, which opened in July 1985. The mall's southeast parking lot adjoins the South Hills Village station, the southern terminus of the Via Beechview LRT.

Gimbels became the first anchor in SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE to change hands. The store was shuttered in 1986. It was renovated and expanded (to 254,000 square feet) with a third level. It re-opened, as a Pittsburgh-based Kaufmann's, August 13, 1987. The mall now encompassed 1,087,400 leasable square feet.

After the Kaufmann's chain was absorbed by Federated Stores in 2005, the SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE location was sold to Reading, Pennsylvania-based Boscov's. They opened August 26, 2006 and closed in October 2008. The Joseph Horne Company ceased operations after its 1994 Federated Stores buyout. The SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE store was expanded with a third level (to 277,700 square feet). It re-opened, under the Columbus, Ohio-based Lazarus nameplate, October 20, 1995. It was rebranded as Lazarus-Macy's in 2003 and fully "Macy-ated" in February 2005.

SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE had been renovated during the 1990s. The first phase of a mall-wide facelift, costing 15 million dollars, was completed in July 1993. Restyled entrances were installed, along with new ceilings, skylights, landscaping and marble flooring. The Center Court received a new escalator and glass elevator.

The second phase of the renovation, completed in late 1994, entailed construction of a 14-bay Food Court, which was built in front of the Upper Level Main Entrance. It added approximately 21,600 square feet to the shopping center's GLA.

By this time, the mall had become one of the more upscale shopping centers in the metro area. It was acquired by the Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group in 1997. The original cinema, made into a 5-screen venue in 1982, closed in August 1997. It was razed and replaced, by a 10-screen Carmike, in July 1998.

A subsequent addition to SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE brought a 28,000 square foot Barnes & Noble, which was built as a northeast parking area outparcel. It opened in April 2005. With this addition, the mall encompassed 1,137,000 leasable square feet, with one hundred and thirty stores and services.

In November 2009, it was postulated that the vacant Gimbels / Kaufmann's / Boscov's was to be renovated and retenanted. According to plans, 145,000 square feet on an expanded lower level would become a Target, with 88,400 square foot on two upper levels housing a new Dick's Sporting Goods (replacing the 31,500 square foot store in the mall's Convenience Center outparcel).

The Simon Property Group purchased the vacant Boscov's structure in September 2010. Reconstruction work was delayed but finally got underway in May 2012. The grand opening of the vertically-stacked Target and Dick's Sporting Goods took place March 10, 2013. The mall now housed 1,196,000 leasable square feet.

In April 2014, an interior-exterior facelift renovation got underway. The Food Court was remodeled, with its seating area expanded. New mall entrances and escalators were installed and several tenants either renovated their spaces or moved to new locations within the complex. The project was finished in November 2014.


"South Hills Village" article on Wikipedia
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Simon Property Group)
Comment post by "Mr. Moderate"
Pittsburgh's Century III Mall

At its 1979 dedication, Pittsburgh's mid-century mega mall was promoted with this graphic. A slightly modified version of the trademark is still used by the mall today.
Graphic from the Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation

Pittsburgh's big time buying behemoth was a 1.2 million square foot, tri-level structure with five anchors and one hundred and seventy stores and services. Developed by Youngstown's Edward J. DeBartolo and the U.S. Steel Corporation, the prospective shopping center was named CENTURY III in 1976; a homage to the nation's Bicentennial Year and the advent of its third century.


KAUFMANN'S (with The Patio Restaurant and attached Budget Store) / J.C. PENNEY (with attached Auto Center) / MONTGOMERY WARD (with La Piazza Restaurant and attached Auto Center) / GIMBELS-PITTSBURGH / SEARS (with attached Auto Center) / A & S Office Furniture / Air Step / American Eagle Outfitters / The Athlete's Foot / B. Dalton Bookseller / Bailey, Banks & Biddle Jewelers / Baker's Shoes / Bath Trends / Bernard Wigs / Big Sky / Brooks Fashions / Buster Brown Shoes / Butler Shoes / CVS Drug / Canopy Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor / Camelot Music / Card Company / Carlyle & Company / Casual Corner / Century III Hair Center / Century III Travel / Chandler's Shoes / Chess King / Chest-Tee's / Claire's Boutique / Deb Shop / DeRoy Jewelers / Docktor Pet Center / Edmund's Diamond Center / Elby's Restaurant / Face Factory / Family Tree / Fanny Farmer Candies / Fashion Conspiracy / Father & Son Shoes / 5-7-9 Shop / Flagg Brothers Shoes / Florsheim Shoes / Flowerama / Foxmoor Casuals / Fun 'N Games / GNC / Gingiss Formal Wear / Gordon's Jewelers / Guaranty Savings / Hairporte / Hanover Shoes / Hello Shop / Herman's World of Sporting Goods / Hickory Farms of Ohio / HomePlace / House of Cards / House of Vision / Hughes & Hatcher / Hush Puppy Shoes / International Lighting / J. Natale Sporting Goods / J. Riggings / Jaisons / Jean Nicole / Jeans West / Joan Bari / Jo-Ann Fabrics / Joyce Selby Shoes / Keltic Kastle / Kenny Kardon / Kinney Shoes / Lane Bryant / Lechters Gifts / Lerner Shops / Leslie Dresbold / The Limited / Lowrey Music / Marianne Shop / Maser Galleries / Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio / Merry-Go-Round / Millers / Morrow's Nut House / Mothercare / Motherhood Maternity / National Record Mart / No Name / Nobil Shoes / Oak Tree / Original Oyster House Restaurant / Parklane Hosiery / Pearle Vision Center / Pendulum Shops / Phillip Pelusi / Plant Plaza / Proving Ground / Radio Shack / Red Cross Shoes / Reizensteine's Gifts / Richmam Brothers / Ritz Camera / The Rivet / Scoop / The Second Cup / Shaw's Keepsake Diamond Center / Silverman's / Singer Sewing Center / Spencer Gifts / Standard Sportswear / Tammery Jewelers / Texas Instruments / The Gap / Things Remembered / Thom McAn Shoes / Thom McAn Men's / Tiffany's Bakery / The Tinder Box / Today's Woman / Toyco / Toys by Rizzi / Ups 'N Downs / Waldenbooks / Webster's Mens Wear / Wicks 'N Sticks / Wild Pair Jeans / Wolfie's Restaurant & Deli / York Steakhouse / Your Father's Moustache / Zondervan Books


Big Top Deli / Bresler's 33 Flavors Ice Cream / Charlie Chan / Chick-Fil-A / Corn Dog on a Stick / The Doughboys / Ge-Ge Italian Specialties / Gramma Jane's Hamburgers / Mrs. Pot's Pies / Orange Julius / Original Cookie / Oyster House II / Philly Mignon / Pioneer Farms / Scotto Pizza / Sparta Hut / Taco Tina's / Tater Junction

A cut-away view of the mammoth mall, running east to west. The Penney's part of the complex, on the west, is a level lower than Ward's was, on the east. The bulk of the mall is 2 levels, with a 3-floor, sublevel section on the east, which is accessed by a labyrinth of ramps, stairs and escalators.

Above we have an aerial view of the mammoth shopping mall. In this eastward view, the J.C. Penney anchor store is seen in the foreground, with Montgomery Ward far in the background.
Photo from / "Century 3 Nostalgia"

Above and below we have interior views of the original CENTURY III MALL. They show the tri-level eastern section of the complex.
Photo from (Simon Property Group)

Dating from the early 1980s, this shot shows the Sears mallway entrance off in the distance.
Photo from (Simon Property Group)

A depiction of the ever-changing anchor store line-up at CENTURY III MALL. The center featured Pittsburgh's first shopping mall-format Kaufmann's (it followed mall-based stores in Erie, PA, Westmoreland County, PA and Steubenville, OH). Moreover, the Montgomery Ward at CENTURY III was the Chicago-based chain's first foray into the "Iron City" and the flagship location for the entire region.

In this above and below photo spread, we see more contemporary interior views of the shopping hub.
Photo from "Raileynnelson"

Both of these snapshots show results of a 1996 facelift.
Photo from "Raileynnelson"
Clairiton and New England Roads
West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

Greater Cleveland's RANDALL PARK MALL, the largest shopping center ever built by Youngstown's Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation, originally encompassed 1.4 million leasable square feet. Next in line was Greater Pittsburgh's CENTURY III MALL, which, upon its completion in 1980, contained 1,273,000 leasable square feet.

This gargantuan, 100 million dollar shopping complex featured 3 levels of retail and one hundred and seventy charter tenants. It was built on an 89.8 acre tract, located 7.7 miles southeast of Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle, in the surburb of West Mifflin.

A slag dump depository for steel manufacturing waste had occupied the site since the early 1900s. Known as the Brown Dump, the 200-foot-high, man made mountain had a labyrinth of coal mining tunnels running beneath it. US Steel, owner of the property, had entered into a joint venture with the DeBartolo corporation in 1976. The mall's moniker was coined at the time of the nation's Bicentennial, making light of the time at hand; the advent of America's third century.

The Phase I segment of seventy-five stores was dedicated October 24, 1979. This included three anchors; a 2-level (121,300 square foot), Pittsburgh-based Kaufmann's, 2-level (173,200 square foot) J.C. Penney and 2-level (168,100 square foot) Montgomery Ward. The Kaufmann's unit was the chain's fourth shopping mall store and the first in the Pittsburgh region to anchor a mall-type center.

Phase II, and its forty-six stores, debuted March 12, 1980. Phase III of CENTURY III MALL added the fourth and fifth anchors to the complex; a 2-level (126,000 square foot) Gimbels-Pittsburgh (which began business in July 1980) and 2-level (231,000 square foot) Sears (which opened in October of the same year).

Among the one hundred and seventy charter inline stores were American Eagle Outfitters, Deb Shops, Docktor Pet Center, Camelot Music, Lane Bryant, Plant Plaza and Your Father's Moustache. A motion picture venue, the 4-screen Cinema World complex, had opened (on land adjacent to the prospective mall) on July 6, 1973. It was shuttered and demolished in April 1987.

Anchor store rebrandings commenced with the shuttering of Montgomery Ward, in 1986. The Pittsburgh-based Joseph Horne Company assumed the store space in the same year. This location was rebranded by Columbus, Ohio-based Lazarus in 1994.

Lazarus pulled out of CENTURY III MALL in October 1998, with Kaufmann's setting up a Furniture Gallery soon after. With the rebranding of Kaufmann's -by Macy's- in 2006, the store morphed into a Macy's Furniture Gallery. It closed in January 2009.

The second anchor to change nameplates was Gimbels. The CENTURY III store, the last in the Pittsburgh division to be shuttered, closed its doors January 2, 1988. Framingham, Massachusetts-based Marshalls opened, in the upper level space, November 11, 1993. Another Framingham-based chain, T.J. Maxx, operated a store on the lower level.

Marshalls closed in 1996. An Illinois-based Wickes Furniture began business, on the upper level, February 13, 1997. T.J. Maxx remained and eventually rebranded their store as a T.J. Maxx 'N More offshoot.

By February 1, 2003, T.J. Maxx 'N More was history. Its lower level space, in the old Gimbels, re-opened as a Port Washington, New York-based Steve & Barry's University Sportswear in 2003. Wickes pulled the proverbial plug in 2004 and re-opened as a Pittsburgh-based Dick's Sporting Goods. Steve & Barry's closed in January 2009.

The third, and final, rebranded anchor at CENTURY III MALL was Kaufmann's, which was "Macy-ated" September 9, 2006. This store was also the only physical structure at the mall to ever be physically expanded. A 17,000 square foot addition had been built onto the west side of the building, during the 1980s, increasing its area to 152,900 square feet.

The DeBartolo Corporation established full ownership of CENTURY III MALL in August 1988. Following their merger with the Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, in 1996, it became a Simon DeBartolo Group holding. The corporate name reverted back to the Simon Property Group heading in 1998. An 8 million dollar mall facelift was announced in May 1996, which was completed by December.

Retail rivals of CENTURY III MALL included SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE (1965) {5.6 miles west, in Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair} and SOUTHSIDE WORKS (2002-2004), a lifestyle-type venue {6.1 miles northwest, in Pittsburgh proper}.

When CENTURY III MALL was built, the "biggest is best" mentality was prevalent in American society, especially when applied to fully-enclosed shopping centers. The complex was developed, during this time frame, to trump all retail hubs in the region with its huge roster of retailers and cavernous common areas. This was before skyrocketing energy prices made the cost of heating and cooling such enormous interior spaces prohibitive.

Simon placed the 1,290,000 square foot property on the selling block in 2006, but no buyer was found. Then The Great Recession came, leaving Simon with an upside down mall mortgage. 79 million dollars was owed on a property assessed at 58 million. The Property Group defaulted on the loan in September 2011. The lender assumed ownership and enlisted Chicago's Jones Lang LaSalle as a leasing and management agent.

Las Vegas-based Moonbeam Capital Investments, Limited Liability Company bought the struggling shopping hub in May 2013. The shuttering of the CENTURY III Sears, on December 7, 2014, left the mammoth mall with just two anchors to sustain it. 

By late 2015, details of a prospective mall reinvention had been made public. Under said plan, the virtually vacant Sears and Wards Wing, and its adjacent parking structure, would be demolished. The existing Penney's and Gimbels buildings would be subdivided into big box-type store spaces. Lastly, freestanding restaurants, a  cinema megaplex and high-rise hotel would be built.

Meanwhile, CENTURY III MALL continued to loose tenants. Macy's was shuttered in the spring of 2016, leaving only J.C. Penney and Dick's Sporting Goods anchoring the complex. No further progress was made toward the renovation of the mall, leading many to believe that the renovation plan had been abandoned.


"Century III Mall" article on Wikipedia
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / "Century III Mall" article / Post by Daniel Hull
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania tax assessor website
Comment post by "Anonymous"