Huntington Mall

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Huntington Mall
Location Barboursville, West Virginia, USA
Coordinates 38°25′20″N 82°16′0″W / 38.42222°N 82.26667°W / 38.42222; -82.26667Coordinates: 38°25′20″N 82°16′0″W / 38.42222°N 82.26667°W / 38.42222; -82.26667
Address PO Box 4008
I-64 & Mall Rd.
Barboursville, WV 25504
Opening date 1981
Developer Cafaro Company
Owner Cafaro Company
No. of stores and services 150+
No. of anchor tenants 6
Total retail floor area 1,570,160 square feet (145,873 m2) (GLA)[1]
No. of floors 1 (2 in some stores)

Huntington Mall is an enclosed shopping mall in the village of Barboursville in Cabell County in the U.S. state of West Virginia. The largest mall in West Virginia, it opened in 1981 and features more than 150 retailers. Anchor stores include Elder-Beerman, JCPenney, Macy's, Sears, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Cinemark Theatres with other major tenants including Books-A-Million, and Old Navy. The mall is owned by Cafaro Company of Youngstown, Ohio.

History[edit]

Huntington Mall opened in 1981, on a site several miles east of Huntington, just off Interstate 64.[2]

At the time, it included JCPenney, Lazarus, Stone & Thomas, and Sears as its anchor stores. When the mall's Foot Locker store opened, tennis player Bobby Riggs made an appearance at the mall, challenging mall employees to a game of tennis.[3] Phar-Mor, a discount pharmacy chain, was later added to the mall as its fifth anchor in 1990.[4]

Stone & Thomas was converted to Elder-Beerman in 1998 when the chain was acquired. A year later, Borders Books & Music opened its first West Virginia store at the mall.[5] Old Navy, Steve & Barry's and local chain Dawahares were later added to the mall as well. After Phar-Mor closed in 2002, it became the second Dick's Sporting Goods in the state.[2]

In mid-2008, it was announced that Cinemark would open a new movie theater at the mall, replacing the vacated six-screen complex and an adjacent cafeteria. This new theater opened in early 2009.[6] Later in 2008, Steve & Barry's closed, along with all of the other Steve & Barry's stores in West Virginia.[7]

Borders Books closed in 2011, due to the company's bankruptcy. Books-A-Million later replaced it.

Impact[edit]

Huntington Mall is the largest mall in the state of West Virginia.[8] When the mall was built, the only other businesses around it were two bars and an Exxon gas station. Since the mall's opening, several retailers have built around the mall, including four motels and several restaurants, as well as a Walmart Supercenter, the first Best Buy in West Virginia, and the first Sheetz gas station/convenience store in southern West Virginia.[2] Huntington Mall has also averaged $375 million in retail trade, significantly increasing village's budgets.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Huntington Mall". International Council of Shopping Centers. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d Rosenberger, Bill (2009-01-15). "Huntington Mall has affected entire region". The Herald-Dispatch. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  3. ^ "FL on the DL: Did you know?". Footwear News. 2004-06-28. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  4. ^ "Huntington Mall adds anchor, other stores". Portsmouth Daily Times. March 24, 1990. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Borders Books to open first West Virginia store". The State Journal. 1999-06-14. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  6. ^ Rutherford, Tony (2008-06-17). "Movies Returning to Huntington Mall: Cinemark's 12-Screen Complex Slated for Spring 2009 Opening". Huntington News. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  7. ^ "Steve & Barry's at Huntington Mall starts liquidation sale today". The Herald-Dispatch. 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  8. ^ "Sense of community keeps Barboursville growing". The Herald-Dispatch. 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 

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