|Opening date||August 3, 1983|
|Developer||Jacobs Visconsi Jacobs|
|Owner||CBL & Associates Properties|
|No. of stores and services||50+|
|No. of anchor tenants||3|
|Total retail floor area||423,132 square feet (39,000 m2)|
|No. of floors||1|
Wausau Center is an enclosed shopping mall in downtown Wausau, Wisconsin. Opened in 1983, it features J. C. Penney (closing in 2014), Sears, and Younkers as its anchor stores. It is managed by CBL & Associates Properties.
The downtown area of Wausau was blighted by many vacant buildings in the late 1970s. A referendum was passed in 1979 to allow Richard E. Jacobs' Jacobs Visconsi & Jacobs Group to build the mall. Approximately 67 buildings were demolished to make way for the mall, which opened on August 3, 1983. To commemorate the opening, a five-day-long celebration was held. Its original anchors were J. C. Penney, Sears, and Prange's (now Younkers). Walgreens, an original tenant, moved out in 2003.
In 2006, the mall owners began a renovation which included new seating areas and an improved mall entrance. Two years later, the food court was expanded, using space vacated that same year by a McDonald's.
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