A physical layout of LAKE PARKER MALL, dated 1972. The complex originated with a freestanding Montgomery Ward, which had been completed in 1966. A Woolco and fully-enclosed mall were added in 1970-1971. The shopping hub (along with its freestanding Ward's Auto Center and Winn-Dixie supermarket) encompassed a grand total of 390,100 leasable square feet.
LAKE PARKER MALL TENANTS 1972:
WOOLCO (with Red Coach Grill) / MONTGOMERY WARD (with Buffeteria snack bar and freestanding Auto Center) / WINN-DIXIE supermarket / S.H. KRESS 5 & 10 (with luncheonette) / Allied Radio Shack / American Bank of Lakeland (outparcel) / B. Dalton Bookseller / Bambi, Incorporated children's wear / Bernard Wigs / Bresler's 33 Flavors Ice Cream / Candle Cottage / Captain Orange / Carousel Records / First Edition / Fremacs For Men / Gallenkamp Shoes / GNC / Gift Port / Hallmark Cards / Hi-Tide Fish & Chips / Hanover Shoes / Jean Nicole ladies' wear / Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema / Jo-Ann Fabrics / Josie's ladies' wear / Kimbal & Lowery Piano & Organ Center / Mr. Beau Jangles / Mother-To-Be Shop / PROfessional Uniform Shops / Regis Hairstylists / Royce Shoes / Snak Shack / SupeRx Drugs / The Country Store / The Mall Pet Center / The Plum Tree Gifts / U.S. Army and U.S. Marines Recruiting Offices / Zales Jewelers
The same shopping complex in 1987. Its official name had been changed to LAKELAND MALL in July 1974. Following the closing of S.H. Kress, in 1981, a new mall corridor had been extended through the west side of the store space. Woolco was shuttered in early 1983. The building would sit vacant until mid-1987, when Sam's Club set up shop.