West Ridge Mall

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West Ridge Mall
West Ridge Mall Logo.jpg
Coordinates 39°02′00″N 95°45′58″W / 39.03323°N 95.76619°W / 39.03323; -95.76619Coordinates: 39°02′00″N 95°45′58″W / 39.03323°N 95.76619°W / 39.03323; -95.76619
Address 1801 SW Wanamaker Road
Topeka, Kansas 66604
Opening date 1988
Developer Melvin Simon & Associates
Management Simon Property Group
Owner Simon Property Group
No. of stores and services 115+
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 992,000 square feet (92,160 m2)[1]
No. of floors 2
Website West Ridge Mall

West Ridge Mall is an enclosed shopping mall in Topeka, Kansas. Opened in 1988 and renovated in 2005. The mall has five anchor stores: Burlington Coat Factory, Dillard's, Furniture Mall of Kansas, JCPenney and Sears.

History[edit]

The mall opened in 1988 under the development of Melvin Simon & Associates. Vanna White made a guest appearance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.[2] Original tenants included J.C. Penney, Dillard's, Sears, Montgomery Ward, and The Jones Store. It also included a movie theater called the West Ridge 6, which had a Baskin-Robbins inside it.[3]

Montgomery Ward closed at the mall 2001.[4] Another original tenant, Old Country Buffet, closed in 2003,[5] followed by the movie theater in 2005.[3] The Montgomery Ward building was briefly used for an exhibit by the Kansas International Museum, and became Burlington Coat Factory in 2007.[4] Macy's acquired The Jones Store's parent company in 2006, thus returning Macy's to Topeka after the chain's downtown store closed in 1986.[6] The Macy's closed in 2012.[7] The former Macy's became Furniture Mall of Kansas in late 2013.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leasing sheet" (PDF). Simon Property Group. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Hart, Megan (1 March 2013). "West Ridge Mall turns 25 Saturday". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Hooper, Michael (20 April 2005). "Theaters in mall to close: West Ridge 6, ice cream store were original tenants". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Hooper, Michael (29 September 2007). "Burlington Coat Factory will open next Friday". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Hooper, Michael (15 November 2003). "Old Country Buffet to close: Customers say they are 'devastated'". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Macy's is back — Retailer returns". The Topeka Capital-Journal. 10 September 2006. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Hrenchir, Tim (4 January 2012). "Macy's closing Topeka store". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  8. ^ http://cjonline.com/news/business/2013-05-23/discovery-furniture-partners-taking-over-anchor-spot-mall

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