Oak Park Mall

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Oak Park Mall
Oak Park Mall Logo.png
Address 11149 West 95th Street
Overland Park, Kansas 66214
Opening date 1974[1]
Management CBL & Associates, Inc.
Owner CBL & Associates, Inc. (50%)
TIAA-CREF (50%)
No. of stores and services 185[1]
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 1,562,679 sq ft (145,177.6 m2)[1]
No. of floors 2
Website Official Website

Oak Park Mall is a super-regional shopping mall located in Overland Park, Kansas, containing 200 stores in a covered area of 1,562,679 sq ft (145,177.6 m2). It is the largest mall in the Kansas City Metro Area as well as the entire state of Kansas, and is split into two levels and contains five department stores. It was developed by Copaken, White & Blitt in conjunction with Frank Morgan and Sherman Dreiseszun.

Ownership[edit]

In May 2011, it was announced that TIAA-CREF would receive 50% ownership of Oak Park Mall and several other CBL malls in an attempt to reduce CBL's debt.[2]

History[edit]

Oak Park Mall, during the holiday season.

The mall received an extensive renovation in 2011, including altering the food court dining area and new entrance vestibules.[3] In June 2012, the area's first Microsoft Store opened at the mall in the former Talbots store space.[4]

In the center of the mall, near Dillard's North, is a double-decker carousel. The carousel was originally located in the atrium nearest Dillard's South. In the early 2000s, the carousel was removed and the area was remodeled to a woodland theme with a regular carousel appearing alongside a miniature ride-on train. In 2009, the double-decker carousel returned, relocated to the other main atrium. The mall used to be home to the Kansas City Metro's only Rainforest Cafe, which opened in 1999. The addition of the Rainforest Cafe necessitated a small expansion to the north of the existing mall to house most of the restaurant. Rainforest remained at the mall for a decade and decided not to renew their lease. The former space was then divided into three spaces with the American Girl store taking up much of the former restaurant's area.

Anchors[edit]

Notable Stores[edit]

Oak Park Mall is home to many retailers that do not have retail locations elsewhere in the Kansas City metropolitan area. These retailers include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Oak Park Mall". CBL & Associates, Inc. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  2. ^ Bryant, Tim (May 11, 2011). "West County Center is part of big mall deal". St. Louis Post-Dispatch (STLtoday.com). Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ Smith, Joyce. "Oak Park Mall to get multi-million dollar renovation this year". Kansas City Star. 
  4. ^ Smith, Joyce. "Microsoft opens it first area store at Oak Park Mall". Kansas City Star. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h OPM Directory

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Coordinates: 38°57′13″N 94°43′10″W / 38.953485°N 94.719476°W / 38.953485; -94.719476