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.
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.
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