A sweeping view of today's SHOPPES AT STADIUM. The power plaza encompasses 365,000 leasable square feet.
Photo from http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/15041829/213-N-Stadium-Columbia-MO

North Stadium Boulevard and West Worley Street
Columbia, Missouri

The city of Columbia, Missouri is situated 111 miles west of St. Louis and 119 miles east of Kansas City. The first mall-type shopping hub in the region, BISCAYNE MALL, was built on a 32 acre parcel, located 2.3 miles northwest of the center city.

Implemented by New Jersey's Donald L. Hanson under the auspices of Hanson Development, BISCAYNE MALL, encompassed 270,000 leasable square feet and forty stores and services. The single-level complex was anchored by a 1-level (80,000 square foot) Woolco and 1-level (81,300 square foot) Montgomery Ward.

The first business to operate at the mall site, a freestanding McDonald's Restaurant, opened February 1, 1972. The mall proper, including Ward's, came inline February 23 of the same year. The new Woolco was inaugurated March 15, 1972. Mr. Orville E. Hobart, Mayor of Columbia, officiated at the grand opening of the shopping complex. He and Mrs. Kit Pace, wife of the manager of Montgomery Ward, cut the ceremonial ribbon.

Costing 4 million dollars, the center featured House of Fabrics, Wyatt's Cafeteria, Glover the Clothier, Cloud 9 Gifts, Ann's Fashion Center, the Stag Shop, a Kroger supermarket, SupeRx Drugs and Jerry Lewis Triplex cinema.

After the January 1983 shuttering of Woolco, the store space was leased as an early shopping mall-format Wal-Mart. Meanwhile, a formidable retail rival was built across the street. The superregional COLUMBIA MALL, encompassing 750,000 leasable square feet, was completed in 1985. By the late 1980s, BISCAYNE MALL was on the skids.

In January 1990, the struggling shopping center was in receivership. The following August, it was acquired by the Columbia-based Kroenke Group. Wal-Mart had considered replacing their aging store with a new SuperCenter in the summer of 1994, but abandoned this plan...at least for the time being. 

The mall's downward spiral was exacerbated by the shuttering of its Montgomery Ward, on June 15, 1997. The store space sat vacant for over 2 years. It was reoccupied, in September 1999, by a Call To Serve International Warehouse. However, this was shuttered in October 2001.

In January 2002, it was announced that a 2-level (140,000 square foot), St. Louis-based Famous-Barr would be built on the south end of the BISCAYNE MALL site. The mall was demolished, save for Wal-Mart. Famous-Barr opened for business November 15, 2003. The new store was incorporated into an upscale power center. The first section, featuring Old Navy, David's Bridal, Cacique, Shoe Carnival, Lane Bryant and Linens 'N Things, was completed in May 2005.

Famous-Barr was "Macy-ated" February 1, 2006. On October 18 of the same year, the old BISCAYNE MALL Wal-Mart relocated into a new, 173,000 square foot SuperCenter, which was built on a separate site .4 mile southwest.

The old Woolco / Wal-Mart, the last remnant of BISCAYNE MALL, fell to the wrecking ball in 2007. It was replaced by an additional structure, which included a 64,500 square foot Dick's Sporting Goods and a PetSmart These were dedicated in March 2009. Linens 'N Things was shuttered in late 2008. The store was renovated and re-opened, as a Bed, Bath & Beyond, in late 2010. Macy's closed for good in the spring of 2016.

Apparently, the power plaza, usually referred to as SHOPPES AT STADIUM, has something of an identity crisis. For whatever reason, the Kroenke Group, who own and operate the complex, have no website for themselves or their shopping hub. On most internet sites, the center goes by SHOPPES AT STADIUM. However, the department store that used to be listed on macys.com was said to be part of a retail center known as BISCAYNE COMMONS.


http://cdm.sos.gov/ (Missouri Digital Heritage)