South Scatterfield and Mounds Roads
Anderson, Indiana

Indiana's Melvin Simon & Associates developed their first mall-type shopping center in Fort Collins, Colorado. Originally known as UNIVERSITY PLAZA, the partially-enclosed complex was officially dedicated in December 1964.

Simon chose Anderson, a satellite city of Indianapolis, as the site for their second covered shopping center. MOUNDS MALL was constructed on a 32 acre tract, formerly a landfill, that was located 2.5 miles southeast of downtown Anderson.

The single-level complex was originally anchored by a 2-level (61,300 square foot) Montgomery Ward and 1-level (66,700 square foot), Indianapolis-based H.P Wasson. These stores held their grand openings on November 12, 1964. A Kroger supermarket was dedicated in March 1965. A mall-wide grand opening, with twenty-three stores participating, was held on May 2, 1965.

Charter MOUNDS MALL tenants included Hoyt Wright & Company, Paul Harris ladies' wear, Roselyn's Bakery, Zales Jewelers, SupeRx Drugs, an MCL Cafeteria and (18,000 square foot) F.W. Woolworth 5 & 10. The primary feature of the original mall was a large, multilevel Center Court. An elevated stage provided a venue for fashion shows, concerts and other public events.

A 2-level (134,000 square foot) J.C. Penney opened January 2, 1969. The Cinecom Midwest States Theatres Mounds Cinema showed its first feature December 25 1970. The venue was a southwest outparcel of the mall. It was acquired by the General Cinema Corporation and reconfigured. The GCC Mounds Mall Cinema I & II made its debut August 16, 1974.

MOUNDS MALL had no major retail rival, as it was the only mall-type center in -or around- Anderson. Moreover, the malls nearest to it, MUNCIE MALL (1970) {in Muncie} and Indianapolis' CASTLETON SQUARE (1972), were also Simon-owned.

Anchor store rebrandings at MOUNDS MALL were many. Montgomery Ward closed and was replaced by Sears in 1983. H.P. Wasson went dark in January 1981 and re-opened, as a Terra Haute-based Meis, in August of the same year. The store became a Dayton-based Elder-Beerman on August 13, 1989.

The mall was given a major overhaul in 1986, when the Center Court stage area was torn out and replaced by a Food Court. In the mid-1990s, Sears expanded their store space. A small addition was built onto the southwest corner, with the interior being renovated. When the remodeled Sears was rededicated in October 1995, it encompassed a total of 83,400 square feet.

J.C. Penney was shuttered April 28, 2001, with its building being demolished. The Kerasotes Mounds Mall 10 opened on its space in April 2004. By this time, the mall's Kroger had morphed into an Elder-Beerman Home Store.

MOUNDS MALL was acquired by the Coral Gables, Florida-based Bayview Financial Corporation in January 2003. They initiated a renovation of the 407,400 square foot facility soon after. This included new skylights, signage and an updated Food Court.

The property was sold again in September 2009, with the buyers being a joint venture of Anderson's Virgil E. Cook, II and Natalie Campbell. The official name of the complex was changed to MOUNDS MALL OF ANDERSON.

Anchor changes continued into the 21st century. The mall's two Elder-Beerman locations were rebannered as Carson's, another operative of York, Pennsylvania-based The Bon Ton Stores, on August 14, 2011. Sears pulled out of the shopping hub on April 29, 2012, with the two Carson's stores closing for good in April 2018.


"Mounds Mall" article on Wikipedia
The (Anderson) Herald Bulliten
"Mounds Mall Still Courting Customers" / The Herald Bulliten / December 9, 2007 / Neal McNamara