McCAIN MALL
McCain Boulevard and Warden Road
North Little Rock, Arkansas

Greater Little Rock's third major shopping facility was built on a 56.6 acre parcel, located 4.7 miles northeast of the Arkansas State House, in suburban North Little Rock. McCAIN MALL was developed by Indianapolis' Melvin Simon & Associates (today's Simon Property Group).

The fully-enclosed complex was constructed on land owned by the Sherwood, Arkansas-based Justin Matthews Company and was the eighth mall-type center in the Natural State. McCAIN MALL encompassed 776,500 leasable square feet and over eighty stores and services. An official grand opening was held in April 1973

A 2-level (225,000 square foot), Little Rock-based Pfiefer-Blass opened for business in September 1972. The mall's 2-level (170,000 square foot) J.C. Penney was dedicated March 14, 1973. Also anchoring the original shopping hub were a 2-level (110,000 square foot) Sears and 1-level (40,200 square foot) Little Rock-based M.M. Cohn.

Charter tenants included Golden Host, The Bamboo Tree, Musicland, Castle Shop, Brittany's Restaurant, Foxmoor Casuals, Chess King, John's Jeans, Orange Julius, Osco Drug, Baker's Shoes, Thom McAn Shoes, Moses Music, J. Riggings, Tiffany's Bakery, Franke's Cafeteria, Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour, Mr. Dunderbak's Bavarian Pantry, a J.G. McCrory 5 & 10 and McCain Mall Cinema I & II.

The only anchor rebranding in the history of the mall was done in 1974, when a Dillard's nameplate replaced that of Pfiefer-Blass.

Shopping hubs in the McCAIN MALL trade area were PARK PLAZA (1960) and THE MALL / UNIVERSITY MALL (1967) {both 6.9 miles southwest, in Little Rock}. Upon its 1973 dedication, McCAIN MALL was the state's largest shopping center. This distinction was held until 1986, when an expansion was completed at Fort Smith's CENTRAL MALL.

A facelift renovation at McCAIN MALL was dedicated November 20, 1992. The grand opening celebration included a performance by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and appearance by Shannon Boy, "Miss Arkansas 1993". The 3 million dollar reconstruction project included the installation of new seating area furniture, floor tile, lighting, interior landscaping, bannisters and handrails. On the exterior, mall entrances were rebuilt and the structure given a paint job.

M.M. Cohn chain shut down September 16, 2007. The anchor space would sit vacant for over 4 years. In April 2011, the Simon Property Group announced an "Old To Bold" renovation. This was to include reconstructing the M.M. Cohn store into a 12-screen Regal multiplex.

The first stage of the 5.5 million dollar mall refurbishment was commemorated with a mall-wide celebration, commencing January 9, 2012. On the interior, new escalators and a Center Court elevator had been installed. Two front-facing mall entrances were also remodeled.

The final stage of the renovation, the dedication of the state-of-the-art Regal McCain Mall 12 & RPX, took place September 17, 2012.

Sources:

www.simon.com (Simon Property Group)
www.thebackwash.com / "Ode To McCain Mall" / Mark Hodges
Pulaski County, Arkansas property tax assessor website
http:findarticles.com / Arkansas Business, October 26, 1992
www.todaysthv.com