Antioch Crossing

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Antioch Center
Antioch Center Mall entrance.jpg
Antioch Center on Antioch Crossing's current site
LocationKansas City, Missouri, USA
Coordinates39°11′31″N 94°32′49″W / 39.1920°N 94.5470°W / 39.1920; -94.5470Coordinates: 39°11′31″N 94°32′49″W / 39.1920°N 94.5470°W / 39.1920; -94.5470
Opening date1956
Closing date2012
OwnerAntioch Redevelopment Partners, LLC
No. of anchor tenants2 (1 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area800,000 square feet (74,000 m2)
No. of floors1

Antioch Crossing is a future shopping center on the site of the former Antioch Center, a mall opened in 1956 that became nearly vacant by 2005.[1] The majority of the former dead mall was demolished in January 2012, with the exception of two anchor stores (Burlington Coat Factory and Sears), and redevelopment on the site began in 2014. Sears closed in July 2017.[2]

Antioch Center[edit]

Antioch Center was a shopping mall located in the northern part of Kansas City, Missouri, United States, just south of the border for Gladstone, MO. The mall began business as an open-air shopping center in 1956, with about 80 store spaces on two levels.[3][4] In 1974, a Sears store was added.[3] Further renovation came in 1978, when the mall was fully enclosed.[5] After the enclosure, most of the stores had both an interior entrance, as well as an exterior entrance. Macy's (Kansas City division) was an original anchor store. It was converted to the Dillard's nameplate in 1986 and that of Burlington Coat Factory in 1992. Other anchor stores that operated at the mall included Levitz Furniture, as well as Payless Cashways, a home improvement store.[6][7] Antioch Center was also once home to the first location for ShowBiz Pizza Place,[8] and housed a branch of the Forum Cafeterias, the chain's first suburban location.

In mid-1990s, the mall began a downward spiral and became increasingly vacant, until the only remaining stores were Catherine's Plus Sizes, and the anchors Sears and Burlington Coat Factory. Plans were announced in October 2004 to rebuild the dying mall as a 450,000-square-foot (42,000 m2) open-air, mixed use complex, consisting of several big box stores.[9][10] This redevelopment was stymied by the economic recession of the late 2000s and was not carried out. Inside access to Antioch Center was ultimately blocked off and the mall sat empty for several years until it was finally demolished in January 2012, leaving only Sears and Burlington Coat Factory standing.

In 2014, the center was renamed Antioch Crossing, and redevelopment plans began at the site. Vintage Stock and Walmart Neighborhood Market were confirmed as future anchor tenants.[2]

On May 16, 2017, it was announced that Sears would be closing as part of a plan to close 30 stores nationwide. The store closed in July 2017.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hanson, Gene (2007-11-08). "Antioch Center down to five tenants". KCCommunitynews.com. Retrieved 2007-12-01.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/816-north/816-north-business/article590084.html
  3. ^ a b Theater to anchor Northland project
  4. ^ Shopping Centers Today Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Local History - Kansas City Public Library Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Antioch Center likes independent stores
  7. ^ Payless Cashways (Google Finance)
  8. ^ http://www.showbizpizza.com/info/articles/spp/spp_80kansascity.pdf
  9. ^ Antioch Center's rebirth (brief article)
  10. ^ Merry Xmas From the Dead Malls
  11. ^ https://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/cityscape/article150781562.html
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