MOUNDS MALL
South Scatterfield and Mounds Roads
Anderson, Indiana

Indiana's Melvin Simon & Associates (today's Simon Property Group) 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, located 2.5 miles southeast of downtown Anderson. The single-level complex opened for business in January 1965. It 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. A 2-level (118,300 square foot) J.C. Penney opened in December 1968.

Charter tenants included an MCL Cafeteria, Revco Drug, F.W. Woolworth, Hoyt, Wright & Company and Zales Jewelers. A combination Kroger and SupeRx Drugs served as a junior anchor.

MOUNDS MALL had no major retail rival, as it was (and is) 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. Firstly, Montgomery Ward closed and was replaced by Sears in 1983. H.P. Wasson morphed into an Anderson-based Weiler's and then a Terra Haute-based Meis. It became a Dayton-based Elder-Beerman in 1989.

The Woolworth and Revco stores had closed by early 1995. The adjoining Sears was expanded into their store space. A small addition was also built onto the southwest corner of the structure, with the interior of the existing store also 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 Mounds Mall 10 Theatre opened on its space in April 2004. The old Kroger / SupeRx eventually became an Elder-Beerman Home Store.

The 407,400 square foot MOUNDS MALL was acquired by the Coral Gables, Florida-based Bayview Financial Corporation in January 2003. They initiated a renovation soon after, which included new skylights, signage and an updated Food Court. They sold the property 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 became MOUNDS MALL OF ANDERSON.

Anchor store alterations continued into the 21st century. Elder-Beerman was rebannered by another operative of York, Pennsylvania-based The Bon Ton. The MOUNDS MALL mercantile -and its Home Store- received Carson's nameplates on August 14, 2011. The most recent anchor change involves Sears, which closed April 29, 2012.

Sources:

"Mounds Mall" article on Wikipedia
www.moundsmallanderson.com
"Mounds Mall Still Courting Customers" / The Herald Bulliten / December 9, 2007 / Neal McNamara