Markland Mall

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Markland Mall
Address 1114 17th St.
Opening date 1968[1]
Developer Melvin Simon & Associates
Owner Simon Property Group
No. of stores and services 40+
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 416,000 square feet[1]
No. of floors 1

Markland Mall is an enclosed shopping mall in Kokomo, Indiana. Opened in 1968, it features Sears, Target, MC Sports, and Carson's as its anchor stores. It is managed by Simon Property Group.

History[edit]

Melvin Simon & Associates announced the development of Markland Mall in 1967. Original tenants included Sears, Danners 5 & 10, a Kroger supermarket, SupeRx drugstore,[2] and an Ayr-Way discount store.[3]

The Danners store became William H. Block Co. in 1974.[4] Ayr-Way was converted to Target along with the rest of the Ayr-Way chain in 1981.[5] In 1985, the William H. Block store was expanded, taking over a mall hallway and space vacated by Robert Hall Village. This was part of a mall expansion that included the installation of new floor tiles and skylights, as well as the extension of certain storefronts to give the hallways a "staggered" appearance.[6] Block later became Lazarus in 1987.

In 2001, Old Navy was added to the mall, replacing space once occupied by a Goodyear service center.[7] Lazarus became Macy's before closing in 2005. The movie theater, also an original tenant, closed in 2006.[8] In 2011, the former Lazarus space became Carson's, resulting in the closure of an Elder-Beerman at the nearby Kokomo Mall.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Leasing Sheet". Simon Property Group. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Indiana". Chain Store Age, Executives Edition Combined with Shopping Center Age 43 (1-6): E–97. 
  3. ^ "Ayres to build store in Markland Mall". The Kokomo Tribune. 18 July 1967. 
  4. ^ "Block's to open Kokomo store". Kokomo Tribune. 1 April 1973. p. 4. 
  5. ^ "Target completes variety of changes". Kokomo Tribune. 28 October 1981. p. 57. 
  6. ^ "Block system". Kokomo Tribune. 22 January 1985. p. 1. 
  7. ^ Dick, Stephen (23 July 2000). "Look who's coming to town". The Kokomo Tribune. p. 21. 
  8. ^ Dempsey, John (21 March 2006). "Markland Mall Cinemas to close Thursday in Kokomo". Indiana Economic Digest. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Human, Daniel (14 April 2011). "New mall, new name for Elder-Beerman". Kokomo Tribune. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 

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