Madison Square Mall

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Madison Square Mall
Madison Square Mall Alabama logo.jpg
Location Huntsville, Alabama
Coordinates 34°44′15″N 86°39′58″W / 34.7376°N 86.6662°W / 34.7376; -86.6662Coordinates: 34°44′15″N 86°39′58″W / 34.7376°N 86.6662°W / 34.7376; -86.6662
Address 5901 University Drive
Opening date October 16, 1984
Owner CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.[1]
No. of stores and services 120[2]
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 929,993 sq ft (86,399.2 m2)[2]
No. of floors 2

Madison Square Mall is Huntsville, Alabama's largest enclosed shopping center, encompassing over 929,993 sq ft (86,399.2 m2). It is also now the oldest extant enclosed shopping mall in the city. Anchored by JCPenney, Dillard's Clearance Center, Sears, and Belk, the mall is located on the corner of University Dr. (U.S. 72) and Research Park Blvd.

Madison Square Mall opened on August 1, 1984 with anchors JCPenney, Parisian,[3] Castner Knott, Pizitz, and a Sears which had relocated from Heart of Huntsville Mall. Junior anchors included Yielding and Blach's. Over time, some of the anchors have had changes. Blach's was closed by 1987 and its space is now filled by The Limited and Victoria's Secret. Pizitz was acquired by Jackson, Mississippi-based McRae's in 1988 and was renamed as such until McRae's was bought out by Charlotte, North Carolina-based Belk Inc. Castner Knott was acquired in 1998 by Dillard's, and Yielding closed their Madison Square Mall location in about 1993. For the next 10 years the space was used by Castner Knott/Dillard's as space for their menswear. Until 2008, Steve & Barry's used the space. In 2007, when Belk purchased Parisian, Belk moved its store from the former McRae's parcel to the much larger former Parisian parcel and renovated it to fit the Belk model. The former McRae's remains vacant.

In addition to the in-line stores, several other businesses are located at the Madison Square site, including a Holiday Inn hotel, Romano's Macaroni Grill and Steak 'n Shake restaurants, and a TouchStar Cinemas theater.

Madison Square Mall has been renovated twice since its opening, in 1994 and again in 2006.

Madison Square Mall is owned by CBL & Associates Properties, Inc..



  • Blach's (closed 1991)
  • Pizitz (sold to McRae's in 1986)
  • Yielding (closed 1997)
  • Castner Knott (sold to Dillard's in 2002)
  • McRae's (sold to Belk in 2005, parcel now vacant)
  • Parisian (sold to Belk in 2006)
  • Steve & Barry's (30,000 sq ft, closed in 2012, parcel now vacant)
  • Dillard's (converted to Dillard's Clearance Center in 2011)
  • Belk (115,000 sq ft, relocated to Bridge Street Town Center)


  1. ^ "Dillard's and Parisian Announced as Anchor Stores for Parkway Place Redevelopment". Business Wire. April 12, 2000. 
  2. ^ a b "Madison Square". CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. Retrieved January 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ Blueweiss, Herbert (1984-08-09). "Class act retailing at new Parisian". Daily News Record. 

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