Built into a hillside, the mall can be entered either on the first or second level, depending on where a particular entrance is located. The mall's original anchors, JCPenney, Sears and Maas Brothers, anchored the original structure. Maas Brothers was converted to Burdines in 1991. A 1993 expansion included an additional wing as well as Dillard's becoming the fourth anchor. Over the course of 2004 and 2005, the Burdines store was converted to a Macy's.
The center court of Governor's Square in 2011.
The mall lies within a relatively affluent trade area less than two miles (3 km) east of downtown.