Alderwood Mall Parkway and 184th Street Southwest
Snohomish County (Lynnwood), Washington

One of the last shopping centers designed by master mall architect John Graham, Junior was also one of two built "out west" by Youngstown, Ohio's Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation.

The mall's story began in 1966, when New York City-based Allied Stores acquired a 77 acre site located 15.5 miles northeast of center city Seattle. At the time, the land parcel was in an unincorporated section of Snohomish County known as Alderwood Manor.

Plans for a fully-enclosed mall were announced in 1969. However, implementation of the shopping hub was delayed by an economic slump in the northwestern states. Eventually, Allied sold the plot to DeBartolo, who initiated construction in 1977.

Located directly west of the junction of Interstates 5 and 405, ALDERWOOD MALL was comprised of a single level of retail and 965,000 leasable square feet. Seventy stores opened for business October 4, 1979.

The original anchors were a 2-level (221,000 square foot), Seattle-based The Bon Marche, 2-level (178,000 square foot) Sears, 2-level (101,000 square foot), Seattle-based Nordstrom and 1-level (60,000 square foot), Bellevue-based Lamonts.

A 2-level (159,000 square foot) J.C. Penney opened its doors March 12, 1980. By June, the full compliment of one hundred and thirty-six tenants were in business. These included Camelot Music, GNC, The Gap, Gordon's Jewelers, Lane Bryant, Motherhood Maternity, Orange Julius, Spencer Gifts, The Limited and Waldenbooks.

Major retail centers in the northern environs of Seattle included NORTHGATE MALL (1950) {8.6 miles southwest, in Seattle}, EVERETT MALL (1974) {5.9 miles northeast, in Everett}, BELLEVUE SQUARE (1946) {15.7 miles southeast, in Bellevue} and REDMOND TOWN CENTER (1997) {13.4 miles southeast, in Redmond}.

By the mid-1990s, ALDERWOOD MALL was due for an update. A 68,000 square foot Southwest Wing was built, which housed nineteen stores including a 10-bay Food Court. The existing mall was also given an indoor-outdoor makeover, assuming a "contemporary northwest" look. New flooring, seating, skylights and entrances were installed.

The 11 million dollar renovation and expansion, which had commenced in January 1995, was completed in November. ALDERWOOD MALL now encompassed 1,033,000 leasable square feet and one hundred and forty-nine stores and services.

Chicago-based General Growth Properties, who had been managing the ALDERWOOD property since 1997, established joint ownership in May 1999.

Financially-strapped Lamonts sold their ALDERWOOD store in February 1996 and ended up shuttering it in July 2000. The vacant store was razed in the autumn of 2001. In April 2002, a second mall renovation got underway. A 2-level (151,000 square foot) Nordstrom and attached parking garage were built, replacing the old Lamonts. The new Nordstrom was dedicated September 19, 2003.

The old Nordstrom was demolished and replaced by a single-level (187,000 square foot) lifestyle addition known as THE VILLAGE. It included Pottery Barn, Borders Books, Williams-Sonoma, REI, Coldwater Creek, Gene Juarez and Spa.

A second open-air addition, known as THE TERRACES, was built in front of the circa-1995 Southwest Wing. This encompassed 24,000 leasable square feet and included casual dining restaurants Claim Jumper and McGrath's Fish House. A second parking structure was also built. The new mall space was officially dedicated November 4, 2004. The complex, now known as simply ALDERWOOD, enveloped 1,270,000 leasable square feet and over two hundred stores and services.

The Bon Marche was rebranded as a Bon-Macy's on August 1, 2003 and became a full-fledged Macy's on March 6, 2005. A new movie house, the Loews Cineplex 16, showed its first features April 1, 2005. it was rebranded, as the AMC Loews Alderwood Mall 16, in early 2006.

Sears, a charter mall tenant, was shuttered March 26, 2017, as one of forty-two decommissioned Sears locations across the nation. The vacant store prompted a fourth renovation of the shopping facility. The Sears building will either be razed or gutted.

A new section of inline stores and restaurants, a so-called Entertainment Food Village, will be created. A small addition of retail space is also planned for the area between THE TERRACES and Macy's.


"Alderwood Mall" article on Wikipedia
Snohomish County, Washington property tax assessor website


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