Westminster Mall (Colorado)
Northeast entrance to Westminster Mall.
|Location||Westminster, Colorado, USA|
|Address||5433 W. 88th Avenue|
|Management||MD Management, Inc.|
|No. of stores and services||180+|
|No. of anchor tenants||6 (1 currently open)|
|Total retail floor area||1,200,000 sq ft (110,000 m2)|
|No. of floors||1|
Westminster Mall was an enclosed shopping mall in Westminster, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, Colorado, USA. Opened in 1977, the mall features two anchor stores (J.C. Penney and Sears), with four vacant anchors last occupied by Dillard's, Montgomery Ward, Mervyns and Macy's. The mall also includes a food court and formerly included a movie theater. It is also a dead mall, having closed in 2011.
Westminster Mall opened in 1977 with Joslins and thirty other stores. A 1986 expansion added Mervyns, May-Daniels & Fisher (May D&F) and Broadway Southwest, followed by J.C. Penney in 1987 and Montgomery Ward in 1996. The expansions brought the mall to 1,200,000 square feet (110,000 m2) of gross leasable area (GLA), making it one of the largest in the Denver metropolitan area, as well as the only one with six department stores.
May D&F was converted to Foley's in 1993. Two years after a 1996 remodel of the store, Joslins was converted to Dillard's, which also acquired land around the mall. Broadway Southwest was the last store in its chain to close, doing so in 1996 and soon being replaced by Sears, which relocated from Northglenn Mall. In September 2006, Foley's was re-branded as Macy's.
Between 1997 and 2009, the mall would lose three of its six department stores as well as major tenant Fashion Bar, which closed in 1997. Montgomery Ward closed in 2001 with the demise of the chain, followed by Mervyns' exit from the Colorado market in 2006 and Macy's closure in early 2009. With the loss of these anchor stores, the mall has also become increasingly vacant, and is only half occupied as of 2009. In June 2009, the mall's owners purchased the vacant Mervyns building as part of a redevelopment plan.
As of May 2011, the City of Westminster is reported to have purchased the mall for redevelopment. Plans called for the 34-year-old mall to be demolished by the end of the year with hopes that the anchor stores would remain open. On May 13, 2011, Dillard's reported it would close its location at the mall during its second quarter of business in 2011. Demolition of the mall began on June 23, 2011 with a large crowd in attendance.
Six months later, on December 27, Sears Holdings announces it will shut down 100 to 120 underperforming stores by Spring 2012 due to poor holiday sales, including the Sears in Westminster Mall location. It was further confirmed that the City of Westminster planned to eminent domain the Sears location leaving JCPenney as the last remaining anchor, which will remain open.
By the spring of 2012, three anchors, Macy's, Mervyn’s, and Montgomery Ward’s, two restaurants, Trail Dust Steakhouse and Steak and Ale, the cinema and remaining mall corridor had been demolished. Dillard's began demolition that spring.
Plans for the former Westminster Mall location were revealed August 27, 2013. Westminster’s plans for a new downtown on the site of the former Westminster Mall took another step forward during an Aug. 26 presentation that outlined a development that includes multi-story office and residential buildings, unique public spaces and vibrant shopping areas.
The master plan will provide a framework and vision for the new downtown as development occurs over the next 20-30 years. Key components of the plan include allowed land uses, public parks and plazas, multi-modal circulation and access to transit, urban design, development flexibility, and taking advantage of the fabulous views the site has of the Front Range. 
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