Green Tree Mall

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Green Tree Mall
Green Tree Mall road sign.jpg
Road sign for Green Tree Mall
Location Clarksville, Indiana
Opening date 1968
Developer Roger Smith[1]
Management CBL & Associates Properties
Owner CBL & Associates Properties
No. of stores and services 81
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area 793,837 square feet[2]
No. of floors 1
Website http://www.greentreemall.com

Green Tree Mall is a shopping mall located in Clarksville, Indiana, a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky. The mall is located off of I-65 about four miles (6 km) north of downtown Louisville. It has a total area of 795,382 square feet (73,893 m2).[3] It was named for a large boundary tree of considerable age that once stood at the location.[4] Currently, there are more than 80 inline stores and 3 major anchor stores (Dillard's, JCPenney, Sears). The mall is managed by CBL & Associates Properties, who bought it from Macerich in 2013.[5]

History[edit]

Main entrance of the mall at night

Built in 1968 along what was then McCulloch Pike, on ground that had for years been a cornfield, it became the catalyst for Clarksville's northern growth, as developers saw building at Green Tree and the surrounding area preferable than building two different stores in New Albany and Jeffersonville.

JCPenney and Sears were the initial anchor stores, with the mall laying entirely between the two stores. A 5 & 10, Danners, was also a prominent initial draw.[6] JCPenney and Sears are still at their original locations, and Dillard's anchors the back annex. This Dillard's was originally Ben Snyder's and later Hess's. The main entrance was built in 1980 during a 22,000 sq ft (2,000 m2). expansion on the mall. The first Texas Roadhouse opened in 1993 at the mall and is still located at the mall.[7]

The mall was owned by Santa Monica, California company Macerich until June 2013. Macerich acquired the property in 1975 and acquired the Green Tree East area in 1989, which now has Burlington Coat Factory, T.J. Maxx, Fazoli's, Burger King and Arby's.

Macerich sold the mall in June 2013.

Community involvement[edit]

Front of Green Tree Mall

Green Tree Mall plays host to Club Mom, a children's entertainment event, on the first Tuesday of every month. In addition to its club event, the mall has Kids Day, which is similar to a large Club Mom.

In 2007, the mall was set to host the first Kentucky Derby Festival event in Indiana with the U.S. Bank Derby Festival Great Balloonfest, but it was canceled due to poor weather.[8][9]

Green Tree Mall staff even developed a green thumb in spring of 2007. They earned a grant through the Macerich Louise Marquez special event grants that provided them with funds to purchase plants for the renovation of Bob Hedge Park in Jeffersonville, Indiana. The park is specially designed for children that are handicapped.[10] Staff also participate in cooking at the Ronald McDonald House in Louisville as well as working with other organizations such as the Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries.

Center Court

Dillard's expansion[edit]

River Falls Mall, another shopping center, opened across the street in 1990. When Bacon's, one of River Falls' original anchors, was acquired by Dillard's, Dillard's moved its men's department to the former Bacon's, while keeping the women's department at Green Tree Mall. In 2004, Dillard's closed the men's store at River Falls Mall as that mall declined, and returned the men's department to the Green Tree store, making that store a full-line Dillard's once more. Dillard's expanded its location to become the largest single floor Dillard's store and they completed their expansion of 60,000 sq ft (6,000 m2) in March 2005.

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Coordinates: 38°19′01″N 85°45′55″W / 38.31694°N 85.76528°W / 38.31694; -85.76528