West County Center
|Location||St Louis, Missouri, USA|
|Address||80 West County Center|
|Management||CBL & Associates, Inc.|
|Owner||CBL & Associates, Inc. and TIAA-CREF|
|No. of stores and services||150+|
|No. of anchor tenants||4|
|Total retail floor area||1,209,649 sq ft (112,380.1 m2)|
|No. of floors||2 (Not including Macy's or Dick's)|
West County Center is a shopping mall located in Des Peres, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, originally built in 1969. The original mall closed in 2001, and a new mall on the site opened in 2002. From the mid-1990s to 2007, the mall was known as Westfield (Shoppingtown) West County and was one of seven St. Louis-area malls owned by the Australian mall company, until CBL & Associates acquired four out of five Westfield St. Louis malls in October 2007. In May 2011, it was announced that TIAA-CREF would receive 50% ownership of West County Center and several other CBL malls in an attempt to reduce CBL's debt.
The original mall opened on February 5, 1969 at the southeast corner of I-270 and Manchester Road (Route 100) in Des Peres, Missouri. It was built on the site of the Manchester Drive-In movie theater, which many remember for the Easter sunrise services that were held there. It was 563,621 square feet (52,362.1 m2), and anchored by Famous-Barr and JCPenney. The original mall closed on January 27, 2001 and was demolished (except for JC Penney which was remodeled)
The new West County Center, featuring 1,138,813 square feet (105,799.2 m2), opened on September 20, 2002. The US$230 million project added a 2-story Nordstrom, food court, and three parking garages. It also included a 2-story Dick's Sporting Goods above the café court. In 2009, the mall's defunct Lord & Taylor store was adapted into a new wing housing Barnes & Noble and other retailers. The new mall has one of the city's two Apple Stores and the city's only Lego Store.
The most famous part of the mall is the large dove sign that sits outside the mall next to Interstate 270. Created by Joe Thaler, it has become a meeting place for thousands of people during its nearly 40-year life. The removal of the dove in early 2001 caused minor controversy among nearby churches. The dove was refurbished during the renovation, and in mid-2002, returned to its original perch. Today, it is in the parking lot outside of Nordstrom.