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. At the time, it had just one anchor department store...Detroit's venerable J.L Hudson.


HUDSON'S (with Budget Store) / KROGER supermarket / F.W. WOOLWORTH 5 & 10 (with luncheonette) / 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 Shops / 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 1 & 2 Theatres / 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 ladies' wear / Wurlitzer Store         

The mall's first two expansions are shown in this circa-1988 layout. An East Wing, with a J.C. Penney anchor store, was completed in 1976 (and is shown in dark gray). The second enlargement, finished in 1988, added Mervyn's (and appears in lighter gray). 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 vacant 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 enclosed concourse above it was known as the Upper Mall Level.


A & P supermarket / F.W. WOOLWORTH (with luncheonette) / THRIFT DRUGS (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 Candies / 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 Drugs / 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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Another vintage view of the South Court, taken from a different vantage point...and also in full color. Here we see the Horne's mallway entrance and some of the lush, tropical landscaping that became a trademark of enclosed malls built by the James W. Rouse Company in the 1960s.
Photo from / "Flickriver PhotoStream" / William Bird

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 South Court is decorated for the yuletide season in this snapshot.
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A 1970s view of the Woolworth's 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 Books (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 trademark debuted...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 (upper level) parking area. The remodeling failed to bring a retail resuscitation. By the end of 2008, Old Navy, Dress Barn and Value City had closed.

The McKnight Road facade of the Dick's-Value City structure. In the 1962 mall, this building housed a Joseph Horne Company anchor store.
Photo from (Bridges Construction)

The Main Entrance of SHOPPES AT NORTHWAY, which also faced McKnight Road. Its doors provided access to the lower level of the mall's Atrium.
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An interior view of SHOPPES AT NORTHWAY. The upper floor of the Atrium seen here was originally the South Court in the old NORTHWAY MALL. The lower floor 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 underway by early 2015. A new name (the fourth for the shopping hub) was bestowed in March. The new and improved "upscale hybrid center" would be known as THE BLOCK NORTHWAY.
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Nordstrom Rack dedicated their THE BLOCK NORTHWAY store in August 2016.
Drawing from (LRC Realty)

The Container store followed, with its debut taking place in the following October.
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A rendering of the South Concourse at the new NORTHWAY. This enclosed section is a redress of the circa-1962 South Court (which was known as the Atrium in later incarnations of the shopping hub). Today, the area is flanked by stores and services such as DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) and Dave & Buster's Grand Sports Cafe.
Drawing from (LRC Realty)

Lastly, we have a physical layout of the reconfigured retail facility. Actually, a great deal of the old mall still exists, but much has been gutted and rebuilt. Original sections are shown in black, with newly-constructed structures indicated in light gray.
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 opened for business December 10, 1953.

In the early 1960s, Maryland's James W. Rouse Company purchased the strip center, renovated 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 Drugs and Evie's Beauty Salon, moved into larger quarters in the newly-constructed mall. The existing A & P was expanded and throroughly renovated. New stores in the NORTHWAY complex included National Record Mart, Parklane Hosiery, Hughes & Hatcher and a G.C. Murphy 5 & 10.

The enclosed mallway 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 face lift 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 of the same year.

Horne's downsized into a lower level Home Store in 1986. This was shuttered in mid-1987. By this time, the mall was in 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 contained the Horne's Budget Store. A 2-level Atrium was created. The G.C. Murphy space, vacated in December 1985, became the National Amusements Super Saver Cinemas 8. Its first features were shown on April 1, 1988. The movie house was renamed Northway Mall Cinemas 8 in November 2001.

Meanwhile, the upper level of the old Horne's opened, as a (77,000 square foot), Erie, Pennsylvania-based Dahlkemper's Catalog Showroom, on October 9, 1987. The lower level became a (73,000 square foot), Columbus, Ohio-based Value City, which was dedicated 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 Cinemas and the vacant Woolworth was retenanted by a Mass-based Marshalls. This store welcomed its first shoppers 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 shopping complex was sold to Dallas-based MacNeil Real Estate. They flipped the property, with the Dallas-based Archon Group assuming ownership in May of the year 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 in January, was demolished, along with twelve adjacent stores on the Upper Level. In all, 58,000 square feet were demolished, with remaining stores opened to the adjacent (upper level) parking lot.

New tenants were signed, such as Shoe Carnival, Home Styles & More and The Kid Company, a family play center. A (17,300 square foot) Aldi discount grocery opened, as a freestanding structure, November 8, 2007.

Unfortunately, The Great Recession set in 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, Saks Off Fifth and The Container Store were eventually confirmed as future tenants of the prospective 467,800 square foot "upscale hybrid center".

Retail space on the north end of the mall was demolished. Newly-built stores included a 2-level (40,300 square foot) Nordstrom Rack, dedicated on August 26, 2016 and (24,300 square foot) Container Store, which began business October 13 of the same year. PetSmart also relocated into a (14,100 square foot) structure.

Other sections of the mall were gutted and substantially rebuilt. Saks Off Fifth set up shop in a 2-level (36,000 square foot) store, which opened October 3, 2016. Marshalls renovated their existing location. An (18,400 square foot) DSW was also installed in existing space.

The old Horne's store was gutted and reconfigured. A 100-space parking deck was created on the lower level, along with spaces for Bassett Furniture, Kirkland's and Core Life Eatery. The upper level was sectioned into six spaces, with one being a (40,000 square foot) Dave & Buster's Grand Sports Cafe.

Completing the NORTHWAY refurbishment was an 11,600 square foot strip plaza, built in the upper level parking lot next to Aldi. This structure housed stores and services such as Cyclebar, Piada Italian Street Food and Jason's Deli. These were in business by October 2017.


"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 also 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 Bryant ladies' 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 men's wear / People's Thrift Company / Pup-A-Go-Go Hot Dogs / Singer Sewing Center / Southway Sports Center / Standard Sportwear / Stouffer's Restaurant / Sun Drugs / Susan Ives ladies' wear / 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 of Allegheny County train, which is operating on the Blue Line-South Hills Village branch. Known as "The T", Pittsburgh's light rail system was an upgrade of a 19th century streetcar grid. Inaugurated between April 1984 and July 1985, the light rail system currently extends for 26.2 route miles and serves fifty-three station stops, including a terminal adjacent to the SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE mall.
Photo from Wikipedia / "RSA"

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 complex 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 face lift renovation was completed.
Photo from (Simon Property Group)

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

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) 

In a circa-2017 layout, we see the combo Target-Dick's structure on the north end of the mall. Newer outparcel stores include DSW, Ulta Beauty, Bonefish Grill and Jared the Galleria of Jewelry. As of April 2017, the Cinemark megaplex has been operating as an AMC venue.
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 circa-1953 strip center. Pittsburgh's first retail hub built as a fully-enclosed structure was developed on an 85 acre tract, located 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 Drugs and an F.W. Woolworth 5 & 10. A & P and Giant Eagle supermarkets were located in a western Convenience Center annex.  In all, there were eighty-two stores and services.

The RKO-Stanley-Warner South Hills Village Theatre was built as an eastern outparcel of the mall and was dedicated July 19, 1966. Originally a single-screen house, it was eventually divided into five auditoria.

Retail rivals of SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE 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 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 became rail-transit accessible with the completion of the 10.5 route mile, Stage 1 "T" light rail line. Service was inaugurated in July 1985. The mall's southeast parking lot adjoins the South Hills Village station, which is the southern terminus of the Blue Line-South Hills Village route.

Gimbels became the first SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE anchor to change nameplates. 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 on August 1, 2003 and was fully "Macy-ated" February 6, 2005.

SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE had been renovated during the 1990s. The first phase of a 15 million dollar face lift was completed in July 1993. Entrances were rebuilt and the mall refurbished with new ceilings, skylights, landscaping and marble flooring. Moreover, a new escalator and glass elevator were installed in Center Court.

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

By this time, SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE had become one of the most upscale shopping centers in the metro area. It was acquired by the Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group in 1997. The 5-plex cinema closed in August 1997. It was razed and replaced by the Carmike South Hills Village 10. Its first features were shown on July 10, 1998.

A subsequent addition to SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE brought a (28,000 square foot) Barnes & Noble, which was built as a freestanding store in the northeast parking area. 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 announced that the vacant Gimbels / Kaufmann's / Boscov's was to be renovated and retenanted. According to plans, a (145,000 square foot) Target would be created in an expanded lower level. An (88,400 square foot) Dick's Sporting Goods would occupy the building's 2 upper levels. This new Dick's would replace a (31,500 square foot) store in the mall's freestanding Convenience Center.

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 stores took place March 10, 2013. The mall now housed approximately 1,196,000 leasable square feet.

In April 2014, an interior-exterior face lift 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 completed 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

This graphic was used to promote the shiny new mega mall in 1979. A slightly modified version is still in use today.
Graphic from the Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation

The original complex 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 sprawling complex, looking eastward. A J.C. Penney anchor store is seen in the bottom of the image, with Montgomery Ward at the top.
Photo from / "Century 3 Nostalgia"

Above and below are 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 snapshot shows the Sears mallway entrance off in the distance.
Photo from (Simon Property Group)

A depiction of the ever-evolving 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. It was given an indoor face lift in 1996.
Photo from "Raileynnelson"

CENTURY III MALL has been in a downward spiral for a number of years. At last count, there were just twenty-three operational stores and services in a complex with space for over two hundred. J.C. Penney and Dick's Sporting Goods are currently the only stores anchoring the mall.
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. The Associated Theatre Cinema World complex had opened, on land adjacent to the prospective mall, on July 6, 1973. The 4-screen venue was shuttered 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 February of 2016. By mid-2017, just twenty-five stores were in business, with two of these being J.C. Penney and Dick's Sporting Goods. 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