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.

SOUTHLAND CENTER TENANTS 1970:

HUDSON'S / HUDSON'S BUDGET STORE / KROGER / F.W. WOOLWORTH 5 & 10 / 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 Pittsburgh's NORTHWAY MALL, circa 1962.
Graphic from the James Rouse Company


The designers of Pittsburgh's NORTHWAY MALL use a rendering of the prospective shopping center as a photo op.
Photo from www.shoppesatnorthway.com


A drawing of the 170,000 square foot Horne's at NORTHWAY MALL. Upon its dedication, in August 1962, 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.
Rendering from the James Rouse Company

Pennsylvania's first fully-enclosed mall was basically a renovation of a standard strip center that had opened in 1953. The complex was refashioned -by James Rouse's Community Research and Development- into a 394,000 square foot interior mall, which opened in the summer of 1962.
NORTHWAY MALL TENANTS 1962:

JOSEPH HORNE COMPANY / A & P SUPERMARKET / F.W. WOOLWORTH / G.C. MURPHY / 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 Shop / Fashion Hosiery Shops / Florsheim Shoes / Glo-Ran Pet Supply / Gulf Oil (outparcel) / Heintzelman's / Hughes & Hatcher / Isaly's Ice Cream & Delicatessen / Jayson's Men's Store / Jim's Shoe Repair / Kamp's Shoes / Kinney Shoes / Korinis Candy / Lane Bryant / Loft Candy Shop / Ludwig Florist / Marianne Shop / Maxine's House of Fashion / Miles Tweed Shop / National Record Mart / Northway Barber Shop / Northway Community Hall / Northway Mall Medical Offices / Northway Optometrist / Northway Sports Center / Parklane Hosiery / Parkway Products / Pittsburgh National Bank / Rabold Bakery / Rapson's Cravats / Rattner's / Red Coach Restaurant / Reizenstein's / Ritz Camera / Santini's Jewelers / Sherwin-Williams Paints / Singer Sewing Center / Standard Sportswear / Steele's Shoes / Thrift Drug / Tiffen Lounge / Waldenbooks / Wlodek Meats / Yamron's / Young Vogue


A court area in NORTHWAY MALL doubles as a ball room for a 1964 party.
Photo from www.shoppesatnorthway.com




Isaly's Ice Cream and Delicatessen, with its Mondrian-inspired storefront.
Photo from www.shoppesatnorthway.com




A bird aviary, a fixture in the main corridor, on the mall's Lower Level. The circa-'60s center was graced with tropical flora and fountains. As promotions of the time proclaimed, it was always springtime at the fully-enclosed -heated and air-conditioned- NORTHWAY. This perpetual springtime motif was used in ads for practically every early interior mall.
Photo from www.shoppesatnorthway.com


The mall all done up for a holiday season.
Photo from http://www.shoppesatnorthway.com

 


The NORTHWAY A & P. A part of the original, early '50s strip center (that became a mall), the grocery closed in the late '70s. It was replaced by Herman's World of Sporting Goods, which gave way to Borders Books in 1995. This store was shuttered in 2011.
Photo from www.shoppesatnorthway.com

 


A circa-'70s shot of the Woolworth 5 & 10 store, which was in the mall's Upper Level. These days, the store space is leased by Marshalls.
Photo from www.shoppesatnorthway.com

The Main Entrance of SHOPPES AT NORTHWAY, which faces onto McKnight Road.
Photo from http://www.bridgespbt.com/index.php/projects/retail/northway-mall (Bridges Construction)


The McKnight Road facade of the Dick's-Value City structure, which originally housed the Joseph Horne Company anchor store.
Photo from http://www.bridgespbt.com/index.php/projects/retail/northway-mall (Bridges Construction)


Germany's Aldi opened a freestanding discount grocery store at THE SHOPPES AT NORTHWAY in November 2007.
Photo from www.sirfullerblogspot.com

A plan of SHOPPES AT NORTHWAY, dated 2007. A good part of the 1962 mall had just been surgically extracted, but this change to a "village environment" failed to reverse the fortunes of a mall in decline since the early 1980s. By the end of 2008, the center had lost Value City and Old Navy. Borders was shuttered -along with the entire chain- in 2011.

A rendering of the NORTHWAY property...as it would appear following a substantial renovation. Such a project would reconfigure the existing center, creating new restaurant and office space.
Drawing from  http://leveycompany.com/PortfolioList.aspx?type=pf (Levey and Company)



NORTHWAY MALL
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 downtown "Golden Triangle". The complex started out as the McKNIGHT SHOPPING CENTER, a single-level (55,000 square foot) strip plaza of seventeen stores. It had opened for business December 10, 1953.

In the early 1960s, Maryland's Community Research and Development Company purchased the strip center, enclosed it and added an upper level. Designed by Victor Gruen and Associates, Karl O. Van Leuven and Flannery and Associates, the remodeled retail hub encompassed 394,000 leasable square feet and sixty stores and services.

Known as NORTHWAY MALL, the complex was officially dedicated August 2, 1962, with Governor David L. Lawrence cutting the ceremonial ribbon. The 10 million dollar addition, which featured the nation's third glass elevator, was anchored by a 2-level (170,000 square foot), Pittsburgh-based Joseph Horne Company. This store, the fifth branch in the chain, stood on the south end of the complex. It was eventually expanded to 240,000 square feet.

Two stores in the original strip center, F.W. Woolworth and Thrift Drug, moved into larger quarters within the newly-constructed mall section. The 15,000 square foot A & P remained as is. New stores in the mall included National Record Mart, Parklane Hosiery and Isaly's Ice Cream & Delicatessen.

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 a competitive measure, NORTHWAY MALL was given its first 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 pronounced state of decline. It was hoped that remarketing it -into a "value-priced" shopping hub- might bring back business. A repositioning was done in conjunction with a retenanting and facelift renovation, the second for the center.

The 77,000 square foot upper level of Horne's re-opened, as an Erie, Pennsylvania-based Dahlkemper's Catalog Showroom, in late 1987. The lower level, encompassing 73,500 square feet, became a Columbus, Ohio-based Value City in the fall of 1988.

G.C. Murphy had shut down their NORTHWAY store in December 1985. The space was rebuilt, into the SuperSaver Cinemas 8, which was dedicated April 22, 1988. Woolworth closed in January 1991, with its shuttered store standing vacant for 5 years.

The value-priced repositioning had not been entirely successful. The mall lost several major tenants in the early 1990s, including Herman's World Of Sporting Goods and Dahlkemper's, which folded in 1993. In December of that year, a 13.5 million dollar renovation was announced. The mall would bring in several big box-type stores. Its exterior would be given a major overhaul and some interior details would also receive attention.

The empty Dahlkempers became a Dick's Sporting Goods in 1994, with the vacant Herman's being expanded into adjacent space. Borders Books was dedicated there April 21, 1995. On the Upper Level of the mall, Old Navy began business in 1994, with Mass-based Marshalls setting up shop -in the old Woolworth- in 1996.

NORTHWAY MALL had been sold to Dallas-based MacNeil Real Estate in 1995. They sold -to the Dallas-based Archon Group- 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.

As the the turn of the century rolled around, 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 January 2007, with demolition work getting underway in the following month.

The cinema, shuttered January 21, 2007, was demolished, along with eight adjacent stores on the Upper Level. In all, 58,000 square feet of Upper Level space was torn down, with the remaining stores opened up to the 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 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 closed in 2008. Borders Books bit the dust September 13, 2011.

By early 2012, Northway LP had defaulted on their mall loan. The complex was bought out of bankruptcy in December 2012. Its new owner, Akron, Ohio's Levey and Company, have acquired an adjacent property (formerly an elementary school) and are planning to incorporate it into a major redevelopment of SHOPPES AT NORTHWAY.

Details are not specific at the moment, but it has been stipulated that the Lower Level of the complex will be demalled and retenanted by retail and restaurant businesses. The Upper Level may be refashioned into office suites. A multilevel parking garage may be added to the site, as well.

Sources:

"Northway Mall" article on Wikipedia
"Joseph Horne Company" article on Wikipedia
"Ross Park Mall" article on Wikipedia
"Dahlkemper's" article on Wikipedia
http://www.mckinneyproperties.com/
shoppesatnorthway.com
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Yournorthhills.com / November 1, 2006 / Jeff Fuller, staff writer
http://cranberry.patch.com/articles/nearby-connection-the-key-to-redeveloping-northway-mall
Pittsburgh's South Hills Village


The original -circa-1965- trademark for the SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE shopping mall.
Graphic from Don-Mark Realty

A rendering of the mall's bi-level, Center Court. At the time of its official dedication, in July 1965, the 1,002,800 square foot, fully-enclosed complex was one of the largest interior malls in the nation. Although commemorated as being the largest in some publications, this distinction was actually held by Chicago's RANDHURST CENTER, with a GLA of 1.2 million square feet.
Drawing from DonMark Realty / Oxford Development

The double-decked shopping complex, circa-1965. It featured eighty- two stores and services, including a 1-level Woolworth, Hughes & Hatcher, Lerner Shops and two supermarkets.
SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE TENANTS 1965:

JOSEPH HORNE COMPANY (with outparcel Tire Center) / GIMBELS-PITTSBURGH (with outparcel Tire Center) / SEARS (with outparcel 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's Clothes / Byers Children's Shop / B - G Restaurant / Camera & Card Shop / Carole Ann Shop / 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 Bryant / Lerner Shops / Maggi's / Maxine's House of Fashion / Max Azen's / May Stern & Company Furniture / Meder & Associates / Miller's Fashions / National Mens Store / National Record Mart / Page Boy Maternity Shop / Parklane Hosiery / Peck & Peck For Men / People's Thrift Company / Pup-A-Go-Go Pets / 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

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


The south anchor, the same building as seen above...just with a newer nameplate. Here, the store is in its 1995-2003 incarnation as a Columbus-based Lazarus. After a 2-year stint as Lazarus-Macy's, it was fully "Macy-ated" in February 2005.
Photo from "Billv78"


Two shots of the mall's north anchor. It opened -in 1965- as a Gimbels-Pittsburgh and was rebranded, as seen in the first photo, in August 1987. The store became a Boscov's, as seen in the shot directly above, in August 2006...but was shuttered in October 2008.
Photo 1 from the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania tax assessor website
Photo 2 from www.boscovs.com


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 had evolved into one of -if not- the most upscale shopping centers in Greater Pittsburgh. The original 1 million square foot retail hub was expanded in 1994 (shown in dark gray), with a new outparcel cinema built in 1998. A freestanding Barnes and Noble came inline in April 2005. With all the new developments, South Hills Village still had a pesky vacant north anchor space. This would be taken care of in due time.


In a physical layout dated 2013, we see a new combo Target-Dick's Sporting Goods, which repurposed the vacant Gimbels on the north end of the mall. The new anchor stores opened for business in March 2013.


Two contemporary view of the mall's interior.
Photo from www.simon.com (Simon Property Group)


The next new thing at SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE, the combo Target-Dick's structure. The mall's new "upscale discount store" utilized the first level of Gimbels, with a 60,000 square foot addition to the north and west sides of the building.
Photo from www.simon.com (Simon Property Group)


SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE
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 and Associates and Victor Gruen and Associates, with additional input from Pittsburgh-based Hoffman, Loeffler and 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 1,002,800 leasable square feet, SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE was anchored by a 2-level (169,300 square foot) Gimbels-Pittsburgh, 3-level (255,700 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, an F.W. Woolworth 5 & 10 (with Harvest House Cafeteria) and A & P and Giant Eagle supermarkets, 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 which is now a "dead" property. 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 Federated Stores buyout. The store re-opened, under the Columbus, Ohio-based Lazarus nameplate, October 20, 1995. It was rebranded -again- as Lazarus-Macy's in 2003 and fully "Macy-ated" in February 2005.

SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE was renovated and expanded 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 and 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 an upper level housing a new Dick's Sporting Goods (replacing the 31,500 square foot store in the mall's Convenience Center outparcel).

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-Dick's Sporting Goods took place March 10, 2013. The mall now housed 1,196,000 leasable square feet.

Sources:

"South Hills Village" article on Wikipedia
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
http://www.simon.com/
http://www.cinematreasures.com/
http://www.portauthority.org/


Pittsburgh's Century III Mall


Pittsburgh's mid-century megamall was promoted with this graphic at its 1979 dedication.
Graphic from the Edward J. DeBartolo Company

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.

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.
CENTURY III MALL TENANTS 1980:

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 [opened July 1980] / SEARS (with attached Auto Center) [opened October 1980] / 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 menswear / Hush Puppies 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 Cosmetics / 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 and Deli / York Steakhouse / Your Father's Moustache / Zondervan Books

THE COURTYARD (FOOD COURT) [Level 2]:

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


Two interior views of CENTURY III, these dating from the early 1980s. They show the tri-level eastern section.
Photos from www.simon.com (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.


Two contemporary interior views of the mall, showing results of a 1996 facelift.
Photos from "Raileynnelson"
CENTURY III MALL
Clairiton and New England Roads
West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

The largest shopping mall built by Youngstown's Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation, Greater Cleveland's RANDALL PARK MALL (1976), originally measured in at 1.4 million leasable square feet. Next in line was Greater Pittsburgh's CENTURY III MALL, which, upon its completion in 1980, encompassed 1,273,000 leasable square feet.

This gargantuan, 100 million dollar shopping complex, with three levels of retail and one hundred and seventy charter tenants, was developed 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, the owner of the property, had entered into a joint venture with the DeBartolo company 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, came inline March 12, 1980. Phase III of CENTURY III MALL consisted of the complex's fourth and fifth anchors, a 2-level (126,000 square foot) Gimbels-Pittsburgh (which began business in July 1980) and 2-level (231,000 square foot) Sears (opened in October 1980).

Among the one hundred and seventy charter tenants in operation by late 1980 were American Eagle Outfitters, Deb Shop, Docktor Pet Center, Camelot Music, Lane Bryant, Plant Plaza, Thom McAn Men's and Your Father's Moustache. A motion picture venue, the 4-screen Cinema World complex, had opened, on land adjacent to the future mall, July 6, 1973. It was shuttered and demolished in April 1987.

Nameplate replacements 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. A Carol Stream, 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, soon after, 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..."Macy-ated" September 9, 2006. This store was also the only physical structure to be expanded at the circa-1979-80 shopopolis. 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 company 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. The "mall-o-caust" of the 1990s and 2000s was an additional detriment to the mall's continued success.

Simon placed the 1,290,000 square foot property on the selling block in 2006, but no buyer was found. Then came the real estate meltdown of 2008, leaving Simon with an upside down mall mortgage. 79 million dollars was owed on a property assessed at 58 million. The Property Group threw in the towel and defaulted on the loan in September 2011. The lender assumed ownership and enlisted Chicago's Jones Lang LaSalle as a leasing and management agent.

The complex was sold to Las Vegas-based Moonbeam Capital Investments, Limited Liability Company in May 2013. In late 2013, CENTURY III MALL housed ninety-two stores and services, with sixteen of these being mallway kiosks. The new owner has proposed a major renovation and retenanting of the property, but a timeline has not been provided.

Sources:

"Century III Mall" article on Wikipedia
www.deadmalls.com / "Century III Mall" article / Post by Daniel Hull
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania tax assessor website
www.simon.com