Barstow Mall

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Barstow Mall
Coordinates34°53′17″N 116°59′56″W / 34.888°N 116.999°W / 34.888; -116.999Coordinates: 34°53′17″N 116°59′56″W / 34.888°N 116.999°W / 34.888; -116.999
Address1866 E Main St, Barstow, CA 92311
Opening date1975
DeveloperE.W. Hahn Company
Ryan-Baron Development Company
ManagementJC Investment
No. of anchor tenants2
Total retail floor area141,819 square feet (13,175.4 m2)[1]
No. of floors1

Barstow Mall is a shopping mall in Barstow, California. It was formerly anchored by Kmart and Sears.

History[edit]

The Kmart store was originally slated to be W. T. Grant, which withdrew from the mall plans due to the chain's filing for bankruptcy. This resulted in the mall being only the second in the country to have both a Kmart and a Sears in it. Ernest Hahn was the mall's developer.[2] The mall, previously delayed due to financial issues, began construction in March 1976, and was planned to have 144,600 sq ft of space including both anchors and 40 interior tenants.[3] Sears was the first store to open at the mall, on October 20, 1976.[4] The mall had its grand opening on November 19, 1976, with tenants including Rude's Department Store, Karl's Shoes, Kinney Shoes, Hartfield's Dress Shop, a card and gift shop, and several smaller clothing and food tenants.[5]

The mall suffered in the early 1990s, with the closure of Kmart in November 1992, followed by the closure of Sears in January 1993.[6] The Sears building was later occupied by a Big Lots discount store, which closed in 2003.[7]

In August 2010, renovations began on the mall at the Sears end for conversion to office space.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barstow Features".
  2. ^ "Kmart, Sears will anchor Barstow mall". The San Bernardino County Sun. April 1, 1975. p. B2. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  3. ^ "Work restarted on shopping mall". The Sun-Telegram. March 26, 1976. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  4. ^ "Sears to open at Barstow Mall". The Sun-Telegram. October 19, 1976. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  5. ^ "New shopping mall has grand opening". The Sun-Telegram. November 20, 1976. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  6. ^ Mueller, Chuck (January 26, 1993). "Barstow employees weep at closure". The San Bernardino County Sun. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  7. ^ Moniz, Leo (December 2, 2003). "Close-Out Retail Giant Big Lots to Close Barstow, Calif., Store". Victorville Daily Press. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
  8. ^ "Hodgdon-Miank Construction Begins Renovation of Barstow Mall and Tenant Improvements for New County Offices". 1888 Press Release. August 9, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2010.