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.

The Pierre property 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}.

PIERRE MALL originally encompassed approximately 159,600 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 (38,200 square foot) Kmart and 1-level (13,700 square foot), Chicago-based Spurgeon's. Charter tenants included Radio Shack, Regis Hairstylists and GNC.

There were -and are- no enclosed shopping options within a 135 mile radius of PIERRE MALL. 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 a 71,800 square foot BigKmart store. Spurgeon's was shuttered sometime between 1991 and 1994. Its space was eventually divided into two store spaces. With these alterations, the shopping hub encompassed 193,200 leasable square feet and twenty-eight retail spaces.

PIERRE MALL is currently owned by Eureka, California's Security National Properties. The newest tenants are Rue 21, which opened in April 2013, and Hibbett Sports, which began business in October 2014.


www.deadmalls.com / "University Mall, Brookings South Dakota" article by David Kruger