West County Center

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West County Center
Location St Louis, Missouri, USA
Address 80 West County Center
Opening date 1969[1]
Management CBL & Associates, Inc.
Owner CBL & Associates, Inc. and TIAA-CREF
No. of stores and services 150+[1]
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 1,209,649 sq ft (112,380.1 m2)[1]
No. of floors 2 (Not including Macy's or Dick's)
Website www.shopwestcountycenter.com

West County Center is a shopping mall located in Des Peres, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, originally built in 1969.[2] 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.[2]

1969 mall[edit]

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)

2002 mall[edit]

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.[2]

Dove sign[edit]

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.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "West County Center". CBL & Associates, Inc. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  2. ^ a b c 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. ^ Lang, Lynne "Under the Dove, a Collection of Memories" 2002.

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