CAPITAL MALL
West Truman Boulevard (Ten Mile Drive) and Country Club Drive
Jefferson City, Missouri

Missouri's capital city mall was developed by Des Moines-based General Growth Managent (today's General Growth Properties). The single-level complex was built on a 48.9 acre plot, situated 4.5 miles west of the Show Me State State House.

The first phase of CAPITAL MALL, officially dedicated in February 1978, enveloped approximately 335,400 leasable square feet and was anchored by a 1-level (87,900 square foot) Sears. Charter tenants included Foxmoor Casuals, Musicland, Lane Bryant, Zales Jewelers, Waldenbooks, Athletic Attic, Endicott Johnson Shoes, Golde's, Thom McAn Shoes and the Land of Oz video arcade.

The second phase of the shopping hub was completed in the early 1980s. A 1-level (75,100 square foot) J.C. Penney was dedicated January 7, 1981. There was also a connecting corridor of stores between the new Penney's and existing mall, which may have been completed some time after Penney's opened. This new section of stores encompassed 39,400 leasable square feet.

At the same time that these additions were built, a twin cinema, the Capital 2 Theatres, was added to the north side of the mall proper. With the completion of the cinema, Penney's and new inline store section, CAPITAL MALL housed 458,700 leasable square feet.

The next expansion of "The Mall" (as it is locally known) consisted of a 1-level (70,000 square foot) Dillard's, added to the east end of the complex. This was completed in March 1985. Around the same time, a 5,700 square foot structure was added to the existing twin cinema. With its completion, the venue became the Capital 4 Theatres. CAPITAL MALL now housed approximately 534,400 leasable square feet and sixty-one stores and services.

CAPITAL MALL had -or has- no regional-class rivals in its immediate vicinity. However, it is not uncommon for Jefferson City locals to drive out of town to shop. When they do, they will go to COLUMBIA MALL (1985) {26.7 miles northwest, in Columbia, Missouri} or to OSAGE BEACH PREMIUM OUTLETS (1986) {37.5 miles southwest, in Osage Beach, Missouri}.

The basic structure of CAPITAL CITY MALL has not been physically expanded since the mid-1980s. However, a freestanding movie house, the Capital 8 Theatres, was built, as a northeastern outparcel, in 1996. This was joined by a Hy-Vee supermarket, on the mall's northwestern periphery. The in-mall Capital 4 Theatres was shuttered August 27, 2009.

Following the completion of COLUMBIA MALL, in 1985, CAPITAL MALL began a slow decline. Since its 1978 completion, ownership of the center has changed five times. First there was General Growth Properties, then the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, followed by a joint venture of Prudential Insurance Company of America and CenterMark Properties.

In early 1994, General Growth Properties acquired the property for a second time. In December 2012, GGP sold CAPITAL MALL again, with the buyer being F & F Properties, of Jefferson City. In early 2017, the CAPITAL MALL Sears store was shuttered, as one of forty-two decommissioned stores around the nation.

Sources:

www.ggp.com (General Growth Properties)
www.neatocoolville.blogspot.com / Todd Franklin
Cole County, Missouri property tax assessor website
www.cinematreasures.org
http://wikimapia.org
www.connectmidmissouricom / Daniel Winn