The Mall of Monroe
Interior hallway in the Mall of Monroe
|Location||Frenchtown Charter Township, Michigan, United States|
|Address||2121 N. Monroe Street (M-125)|
|No. of stores and services||50+|
|No. of anchor tenants||3|
|Total retail floor area||GLA: 620,411 ft² (57,638 m²)|
|No. of floors||1|
The Mall of Monroe, formerly known as Frenchtown Square Mall, is an enclosed shopping mall in Frenchtown Charter Township, Michigan, just outside the city of Monroe, Michigan. Opened in 1988, it features more than fifty tenants, including a food court and movie theater. Anchor stores include Target and two Carson's stores, with two vacant anchors last occupied by Steve & Barry's and Sears. The mall is managed by Cafaro Company of Youngstown, Ohio.
Frenchtown Square Mall opened in 1988 on M-125 (Monroe Street) north of Monroe, in Frenchtown Charter Township. Its original anchor stores included the first Phar-Mor discount pharmacy in Michigan, as well as JCPenney, Sears, Hills Department Store and Elder-Beerman. Hills closed in 1993 and was replaced with Target, while the closure of Phar-Mor in 1995 made way for an Elder-Beerman home store, as well as an OfficeMax which did not open out into the mall. Old Navy was eventually added as well.
OfficeMax closed in the early 2000s. JCPenney closed in 2004 and was replaced two years later by Steve & Barry's. The mall's Regal Cinemas movie theater complex was closed in August 2007, but re-opened three months later under the management of Phoenix Theatres. Steve & Barry's closed in late 2008, as did Old Navy. Sears announced the closure of the Mall of Monroe store in late 2011. Sears closed on April 22, 2012.
Cafaro announced $2 million renovation plans for the mall in 2009. Among the renovation plans, the former Old Navy was replaced with a clothing store called Wear District, and the mall was renamed The Mall of Monroe. Also, both Elder-Beerman stores were re-branded as Carson's. rue21 and an expo center opened in 2013, the latter replacing the former J.C. Penney. Planet Fitness replaced the vacant OfficeMax in 2014.
Frenchtown Square Partnership v. Lemstone, Inc.
In 2003, the mall partnership sued Lemstone Books, a Christian bookstore chain, which had closed its store at the mall six months before the termination of its lease. In those six months, the chain did not pay rent. Lemstone had also claimed that another gift store in the mall had caused declining sales at the Frenchtown Square store.
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