Holiday Village Mall

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Coordinates: 47°29′34″N 111°17′23″W / 47.49278°N 111.28972°W / 47.49278; -111.28972

Holiday Village Mall
JCPenney Great Falls MT.JPG
Entrance to the mall and JCPenney in February 2007
Location Great Falls, Montana
Opening date 1957
Owner GK Development
No. of stores and services 93
No. of anchor tenants 6
No. of floors 2
Website www.holidayvillagemall.com

Holiday Village Mall is a two leveled shopping mall located in Great Falls, Montana. The shopping center opened in 1957 with Albertsons and Skaggs Drug Centers and anchor stores. The mall was expanded into an enclosed shopping mall in the early 1960s. Today, the mall is anchored by Bed Bath & Beyond, Herberger's, JCPenney, Ross Stores, Sears, and Scheels All Sports.

History[edit]

Holiday Village Mall was built in 1957.[1] The mall opened two years later with an Albertsons grocery store and a Skaggs drug store as the center's anchors.[2] A second expansion included the addition of 160,000 square-feet of retail space.[2] A third expansion in 1966 added a 105,000 square-foot Montgomery Ward store to the shopping center.[2] The following year the mall was enclosed and a Buttrey-Osco store was constructed.[3] However, while the Buttrey-Osco was nearing completion, a major fire destroyed the new building in October 1967.[3] The store was subsequently rebuilt.

In 1976, a Herberger's department store was added the mall.[2] The same year, J. C. Penney closed its 60-year-old store in downtown and relocated to the shopping mall.[2] In 1979, Holiday Village Mall was acquired by Macerich, which renovated the mall the same year.[4]

During 1985, Skaggs' parent company American Stores and Buttrey-Osco's parent company Jewel Companies merged and converted the Skaggs stores into Osco Drug stores. In 1991, the mall underwent an expansion.[5] During this time, Buttrey left the mall for a new location east of the complex. The Buttrey store was then demolished for a Sears department store.

During 1999, the mall underwent a major renovation and the mall's eastern anchor, Montgomery Ward, closed its 33-year-old location.[1] The vacant Montgomery Ward store was soon replaced by Herberger's, which moved its older location on the mall's upper level in 2000. Albertsons closed its Holiday Village Mall location in 2000.[1] A free-standing Osco Drug was planned to replace the vacant Montgomery Ward auto center in 2001. The planned Osco Drug was never finalized and a Hollywood Video store was opened in the empty auto center in 2004,[1] which closed in 2010. In 2005, Ross Stores announced plans to open a store in the vacant Albertsons store.[6] After numerous delays, the store was finally opened in April 2007. Macerich sold the Holiday Village Mall to GK Development in July 2006.[5] In 2007, the mall's Scheels All Sports store was closed and larger store was built on the site of the former Herberger's store. The empty Scheels space was quickly filled by Bed Bath & Beyond in October 2007.[7] In 2009, CVS Pharmacy, which acquired the Osco Drug stores from Albertsons in 2005, closed its store after a new free-standing location was built nearby.[8] The old CVS store was replaced by a Big Lots in November 2011.[9] Sears announced the closure of its store in September 2014.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Macerich turns energy toward Holiday Village". Great Falls Tribune. 2004-10-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Great Falls turns 125". Great Falls Tribute. 2009-06-28. 
  3. ^ a b "Battle Lines". The Spokesman-Review. 1967-10-18. 
  4. ^ "Macerich Annual Report 2000". EDGAR. 2000-03-21. 
  5. ^ a b "Holiday Village Mall - Great Falls, Montana". GK Development. 
  6. ^ "Ross to lease old Albertsons position at mall". Great Falls Tribune. 2005-03-24. 
  7. ^ "Bed Bath & Beyond opens new store in Great Falls". Blackfoot Valley Dispatch. 2007-10-04. 
  8. ^ "Businesses move to make way for new CVS". Great Falls Tribune. 2008-06-18. 
  9. ^ "Cafe Rio, Big Lots coming to Great Falls". KRTV News. 2011-10-19. 
  10. ^ http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/local/2014/09/17/sears-will-close-great-falls-december/15794371/

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