CHARLESTON PLAZA
East Charleston Boulevard and Burnham Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada

Plans were announced in May 1959 for one of the Silver City's first post-war shopping centers. CHARLESTON PLAZA would be built on 30 acres, located 1 mile southeast of downtown Las Vegas.

The open-air strip center, developed by Las Vegas' William P. "Bill" Peccole, was completed in 1961. Its tenants included Mode O' Day Frock Shop, Pizza Den, Karl's Shoes, The Bank of Nevada, Skagg's Drug, a Thriftimart supermarket and S.S. Kresge 5 & 10.

An enclosed mallway and southern block of stores were added in 1963, making CHARLESTON PLAZA the first shopping mall in Las Vegas, as well as the state of Nevada. With this addition, the structure encompassed approximately 184,800 leasable square feet.

A subsequent expansion brought 19,900 square feet of new inline store space. The single-screen Fox West Coast Theatres Fox Theatre showed its first features in March 1965. A 1-level (99,800 square foot) Woolco discount mart was dedicated in October of the same year.

CHARLESTON PLAZA now housed around 320,000 leasable square feet. Its tenant list included Williams Photography, Christensen's, Kinney Shoes and Garheim's Music. The center was heralded as the "largest shopping center mall in Nevada".

A regional-class venue, THE BOULEVARD {2.1 miles southwest, in Clark County}, was officially dedicated in 1968. It was joined by MEADOWS MALL (1978) {3.8 miles northwest, in Las Vegas} and THE FASHION SHOW (1981) {3.1 miles southwest, in Clark County}. WESTLAND MALL {4 miles west, in Las Vegas} had opened in the early 1970s. Although promoted as a (quote-unquote) "mall", it was actually a strip-type shopping center.

The Woolco at CHARLESTON PLAZA was shuttered in early 1983. With a vacant anchor and three regional-class competitors in its midst, CHARLESTON PLAZA quickly declined into a semi-vacant, dilapidated property.

The complex was demolished in 1988 and replaced by a 254,800 square foot power center of the same name. The new CHARLESTON PLAZA included a (46,100 square foot) Lucky Stores supermarket and (21,400 square foot) Sav-On Drug. Lucky Stores was absorbed -and rebranded- by the Albertsons chain in November 1999.

Sources:

www.eforum.reviewjournal.com / Comment posts by Bryan Banke, "Chick From Vegas", "Left Las Vegas" and "Martesan"
www.cinematreasures.org
www.commercecrg.com