Charleston Town Center

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Charleston Town Center
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Central court of Charleston Town Center
Location Charleston, West Virginia, USA
Coordinates 38°21′18″N 81°38′21″W / 38.35500°N 81.63917°W / 38.35500; -81.63917Coordinates: 38°21′18″N 81°38′21″W / 38.35500°N 81.63917°W / 38.35500; -81.63917
Opening date November 1983
Owner Forest City Enterprises
No. of stores and services 130
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area

933,979 square feet

(GLA)[1]
No. of floors 2 plus partial third level
Parking 4,000+
Website http://www.charlestontowncenter.com/

Charleston Town Center is an enclosed shopping mall in downtown Charleston, West Virginia, USA. One of the largest enclosed malls to be located in a downtown shopping district, it comprises more than 130 tenants on two levels, as well as a food court on a partial third level. Popular full-service restaurants include Chili's Bar & Grill, the Chop House, Outback Steakhouse and Tidewater Grill. Anchor stores comprise JCPenney, Macy's and Sears. The mall is owned by Forest City Enterprises.

History[edit]

Charleston Town Center opened in 1983 in downtown Charleston, West Virginia, as the largest downtown-based shopping mall located east of the Mississippi River.[2] At the time, it included four anchor stores: JCPenney, Sears, Kaufmann's and Montgomery Ward. The mall remained largely unchanged until Stone & Thomas opened next to Montgomery Ward, moving from an existing location downtown. This Stone & Thomas store was later renamed Elder-Beerman when the chain was purchased in 1998, but Elder-Beerman closed it in 2000, the same year that Montgomery Ward closed.[3]

In 2002, plans were announced to renovate the mall. Under these plans, Dillard's (which, at the time, had no locations in West Virginia) would have opened in the former Montgomery Ward space.[4] In return, the Dillard's chain asked for a $1-a-year lease as part of an incentive package,[5] in addition to asking for $7.5 million in city loans.[6] However, the plans for a Dillard's at the mall were later canceled, and the former Montgomery Ward remained dark, while the former Elder-Beerman space was converted to a Steve & Barry's clothing store in 2002.[7]

In 2005, the retail bookstore chain Books-A-Million also expressed interest in replacing the former Montgomery Ward,[8] although this store also never came to fruition. Finally, by 2006, it was announced that BrickStreet Insurance would locate its offices in the former Montgomery Ward space.[9] A year later, Kaufmann's was converted to Macy's due to the acquisition of Kaufmann's then-parent company, May Department Stores. The Steve & Barry's, along with all other Steve & Barry's stores in West Virginia, was closed in September 2008 due to bankruptcy. In 2011, television station WOWK sub-leased some unused space in the Brickstreet area to relocate its TV studio.

Anchors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Charleston Town Center". International Council of Shopping Centers. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Charleston Town Center. Retrieved 2008-10-06. [dead link]
  3. ^ Elmer, Joann C. (2001-07-09). "Charleston Town Center working to fill rash of empty storefronts". The State News. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  4. ^ Finn, Scott (2002-10-25). "Charleston, W.Va., Mall to Attract Upscale Retailers.". The Charleston Gazette. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  5. ^ Finn, Scott (2002-10-16). "Dillard's Wants Hefty Incentive Package to Open in Charleston, W.Va. Location.". Charleston Gazette. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  6. ^ Stone, Greg (2002-10-23). "Dillard's Seeks $7.5 Million City Loan to Fix Up Charleston, W.Va., Store.". The Charleston Gazette. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  7. ^ Wilson, Paul (2005-02-01). "Sportswear Store to Open in Charleston, W.Va.". Charleston Gazette. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  8. ^ Wilson, Paul (2005-02-01). "Books-A-Million looks at Charleston Town Center space.". Charleston Gazette. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  9. ^ Walters, Nicky (2006-12-05). "BrickStreet Insurance May Move into Charleston Town Center". WOWK TV. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 

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