Lancaster Mall

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Lancaster Mall
Lancaster Mall.JPG
South side of the mall
Location Salem, Oregon,  United States
Coordinates 44°56′30″N 122°59′11″W / 44.94180°N 122.98650°W / 44.94180; -122.98650Coordinates: 44°56′30″N 122°59′11″W / 44.94180°N 122.98650°W / 44.94180; -122.98650
Opening date 1971
No. of stores and services 80
No. of anchor tenants 8
Total retail floor area 648,990 square feet (60,293 m2)
includes outlying retailers
Parking 3,523

Lancaster Mall is an enclosed shopping mall located in Salem, Oregon, United States. Opened in 1971,[1] the main part of the center has 550,000 square feet (51,000 m2) of space.[2] The regional mall is located on Lancaster Drive and is bordered on the West by Interstate 5, making Lancaster Mall a retail hub for the city of Salem.


Originally an outdoor mall, the owners spent $5 million to enclose and expand the East Salem site in 1970.[3] Montgomery Ward then moved from downtown Salem to the newly renovated mall.[3] In 1972, the mall was to be one of the first locations in Oregon for an automated teller machine not located at a bank branch, which created controversy at the time.[4] About 1976, the Taco Time chain experimented with selling alcoholic beverages at their Lancaster location.[5]

A 17-year old woman was kidnapped from Lancaster Mall in 1977,[6] as was a 19-year old woman in 1982.[7] In May 1982, an ex-Salem police officer shot and killed two people at the mall before killing himself in the parking lot.[8] The mall banned the Salvation Army from soliciting there in 1988 in an effort to uniformly ban all solicitations at the mall.[9][10]

In 2008 Lancaster Mall achieved EarthWISE Certification through Marion County Public Works-Environmental Services. Lancaster Mall has committed to recycling, reducing waste, saving energy, conserving water and practice environmentally preferable purchasing in their operations.[11]


Anchors at the mall include Sears, Macy's, Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts, Best Buy, Pier 1 Imports, Burlington Coat Factory, Sports Authority and Regal Cinemas.[12][13]

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  1. ^ "Salem's Lancaster Mall opens new shop". Portland Business Journal. November 22, 2000. Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  2. ^ Chain Store Age 75 (Issues 1-6 ed.). Lebhar-Friedman. 1999. p. 104. 
  3. ^ a b "Store to move to East Salem". Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.). Associated Press. January 13, 1970. p. 2A. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Nacheman, Allen (October 3, 1972). "Oregon banks hire automated tellers". Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.). Associated Press. p. 7F. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Bellamy, Ron (April 13, 1984). "Taco Time hopes selling wine and beer will ...". Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.). p. C1. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Two men kidnap girl, take car and presents". Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.). UPI. December 13, 1977. p. 7C. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Kidnap victim flees". The Bulletin (Bend, Ore.). UPI. September 9, 1982. p. B4. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Ex-policeman gunfire leaves three". The Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. May 17, 1982. p. 7. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Mall bans Salvation Army". Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.). November 18, 1988. p. 3B. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Mall kicks out Salvation Army bell ringers". The Bryan Times. UPI. November 22, 1988. p. 12. 
  11. ^ "Lancaster Mall earns EarthWISE Certification", Salem Chamber of Commerce Business News (Salem, Ore.): p. 9. November 2008. Retrieved May 7, 2009.
  12. ^ Rose, Michael (April 25, 2006). "New mall, downtown Salem stores alter retail landscape". Statesman Journal. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  13. ^