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

Missouri's capital city shopping mall was developed by Des Moines-based General Growth Management (the precursor of 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 (74,300 square foot) Sears. Charter tenants included Foxmoor Casuals, Musicland, Kirlin's World of Hallmark, 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 facility was completed in the early 1980s. A 1-level (75,200 square foot) J.C. Penney was dedicated January 7, 1981. A connecting corridor of inline stores, lying between the new Penney's and existing mall, was completed some time after Penney's opened.

As these additions were built, the Crown Cinema Corporation Capital 2 Theatres was added to the north side of the mall. With the completion of the cinema, Penney's and new inline store section, CAPITAL MALL housed approximately 458,700 leasable square feet.

The next expansion of "The Mall" consisted of a 1-level (70,000 square foot) Dillard's, which was added to the east end of the complex. This was completed in March 1985. Some time after, the twin cinema was expanded into the Capital 4 Theatres. CAPITAL MALL now housed approximately 534,400 leasable square feet and housed sixty-one stores and services.

The retail facility had -or has- no regional-class rivals in its 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}.

CAPITAL MALL has not been physically expanded since the mid-1980s. However, a freestanding movie house was built as a northeastern outparcel. The Crown Cinema Corporation Capital 8 Theatres opened for business in 1996. The Capital 4 Theatres was shuttered August 27, 2009.

Since its dedication in the late 1970s, ownership of CAPITAL MALL has changed five times. First there was General Growth Management, then the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States. After this, the mall became a holding of a  joint venture of the 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 the Farmer Holding Company, of Jefferson City.

A 36 million dollar indoor-outdoor face lift got underway at CAPITAL MALL in January 2015. All five entrances were updated and the parking lot repaved. After the exterior of the structure had been updated, work began on interior spaces. A (24,000 square foot) Ross Dress For Less opened in October 2015.

In March 2017, the CAPITAL MALL Sears was shuttered, as one of forty-two decommissioned Sears stores around the nation. By this time, the southeast corner of the complex was being gutted. A (48,000 square foot) Dunham's Sports was installed, which was dedicated in November 2017.

Sources:

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