Livonia Marketplace

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Livonia Marketplace
Livonia Marketplace entrance Livonia Michigan.JPG
Livonia Marketplace entrance, Seven Mile Road
Opening date 2010
Owner Lormax Stern
No. of anchor tenants 2
Total retail floor area 325,000 square feet

Livonia Marketplace is a shopping mall in the Detroit suburb of Livonia, Michigan. Opened in 2010, the center is anchored by Sears and Wal-Mart. It occupies the site of the former Livonia Mall, which was an enclosed mall built in 1964. Livonia Mall lost the majority of its tenants in the 2000s, including its previous anchor stores of Crowley's (later Value City), Mervyns and Children's Palace. The mall was closed in May 2008, with only the Sears remaining from the old property.

History[edit]

Livonia Mall opened in 1964 as the second mall to be constructed in Livonia. The site had been zoned for agriculture and was rezoned by the Livonia City Council for commercial use. A farm house, a large barn and other agricultural structures were demolished before construction began. The Livonia Mall became one of the first enclosed shopping malls to open in the state of Michigan. The site now hosts one of the many strip malls located within Livonia and the Greater Detroit Metropolitan Region.

The mall was developed by the Schostak Corporation[1] as an enclosed mall.[2] At the time of its opening, Detroit's suburbs were expanding and new shopping malls were being developed within their boundaries. Livonia already featured an open outdoor mall in Wonderland Center (later Wonderland Mall), which opened in 1959 and closed in 2004.[2] A year after the mall opened, a General Cinema theater, the first multiplex cinema in Michigan, was added in the Crowley's wing. During the early years of operation the facility housed two grocery stores and provided space for a doctor's office and a dentist.

Livonia Mall remained largely unchanged until the late 1980s.[2] In 1987, a new wing ending in a Mervyns department store was added. Children's Palace, a toy store chain, was added to the west end of the mall in 1989. This store closed three years later and was eventually converted to a paintball arena which closed in the mid-2000s. Value City bought the Crowley's store and two other mall-based Crowley's stores (at Universal Mall and Macomb Mall) in 1999, operating these as Crowley's Value City but later removing the Crowley's name. Konover Properties bought the mall in 2005.[3]

By the early 2000s, Livonia Mall lost the majority of its stores due to competition from online shopping, newer malls and superstores nearby. Thus, Livonia Mall became one of the many dead malls.[4] By 2007, Dollar Tree, Gamestop, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Foot Locker were the only national chains with a presence there (besides the anchor stores), and the remaining tenants were local, independent shops.[5] The mall also lost its Mervyns store in early 2006 when the chain exited Michigan.[6] Konover Properties announced plans in 2007 for a possible redevelopment of the mall, including the addition of a new big box retailer. Originally, plans called for the demolition of everything but the Sears and Value City stores.[5] Value City subsequently closed in March 2008 when the chain went out of business, and the entire mall was shuttered except for Sears and Jo-Ann Fabrics on May 31, 2008.[2] Demolition began in February 2009.

Redevelopment[edit]

In September 2008, the City Council held a meeting to discuss redevelopment plans for the mall.[7] Demolition of the vacant mall began in February 2009, and concluded in August of the same year.[8] The Marketplace opened in mid-2010 with a Wal-Mart supercenter as a second anchor.[9] Wal-Mart opened in August 2010 along with RadioShack; other proposed tenants include Great Clips, a Verizon dealer, a Dots clothing store and a coney island restaurant.[10] A Kohl's store opened March 2012.[11]

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Coordinates: 42°25′39.9″N 83°20′12.5″W / 42.427750°N 83.336806°W / 42.427750; -83.336806