East 4th Street / US 14 and 83 and North Garfield Avenue / US Truck 14
Pierre, South Dakota

Construction commenced on the Mount Rushmore State's capital city shopping mall in 1979. The fully-enclosed complex was built on a 20 acre plot, located 1.5 miles northeast of the South Dakota State House. The site was originally in unincorporated Hughes County, but had been annexed into the City of Pierre by the time that PIERRE MALL was completed.

PIERRE MALL was one of several mini malls developed by Houston, Texas' Ainbinder & Associates. These included HURON MALL (1978) {Huron, South Dakota}, UNIVERSITY MALL (1979) {Brookings, South Dakota}, MOUNTAIN VIEW MALL (1980) {Ardmore, Oklahoma}, BUFFALO MALL (1980) {Jamestown, North Dakota} and GLENWOOD SPRINGS MALL (1981) {Glenwood Springs, Colorado}.

The shopping facility in Pierre originally encompassed approximately 168,300 leasable square feet and was anchored by a 1-level (34,300 square foot) J.C. Penney, which served its first customers January 7, 1981. There were also a 1-level (40,000 square foot) Kmart and 1-level (13,700 square foot), Chicago-based Spurgeon's. Charter inline stores included Radio Shack, Regis Hairstylists and GNC.

There were -and are- no other malls within a 120 mile radius of Pierre's enclosed shopping center. The only commercial competition in the immediate vicinity is provided by a WalMart SuperCenter {.2 of a mile east, in Pierre}. This store opened for business December 31, 1991.

As a competitive measure, the Kmart at PIERRE MALL was enlarged into an (86,800 square foot) Big Kmart store. Spurgeon's was shuttered sometime between 1991 and 1994. Its space was divided into two store spaces. With these alterations, the shopping hub encompassed 215,000 leasable square feet and twenty-eight retail spaces.

California's Sequoia Investments acquired PIERRE MALL in 1997. The property was sold to Pierre-based Midwest Construction & Development in November 2015. The name of the property was officially changed to NORTHRIDGE PLAZA on November 18 of the same year.

Sears Holdings shuttered the mall's Big Kmart in March 2016. The store space was divided into two sections. The first was leased as a (55,000 square foot), Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby. This store opened for business October 10, 2016. It did not have a connection with the interior mallway.

Other tenants in operation at the time of Hobby Lobby's dedication included Maurices, Rue 21, Hibbett Sports, Shoe Sensation, GNC, Bath & Body Works, Christopher & Banks, Gator's Pizza Pasta & Subs and Classy's Diner.

J.C. Penney, a charter mall tenant, announced the shuttering of their NORTHRIDGE PLAZA store in March 2017. A liquidation sale got underway on April 17, with said store going dark in June of the same year.


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