Blue Hen Mall

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Blue Hen Mall
Location Dover, Delaware, USA
Opening date August 1968
Developer Jardel Co. Inc.[1]
Owner Pettinaro Enterprises LLC[2]
No. of anchor tenants 2
Total retail floor area 450,000 square feet (42,000 m2)[3]
No. of floors 2
Parking Parking lot
Public transit access Bus transport DART First State bus: 106, 107

The Blue Hen Mall (now the Blue Hen Corporate Center) is a defunct shopping mall on Bay Road in Dover, Delaware. The mall opened in August 1968, and was the main mall in the Dover area until the Dover Mall opened in 1982, leading to its decline. In the 1990s, the mall was converted into a corporate center.

History[edit]

The Blue Hen Mall opened in the late 1960s, at which time it was the only enclosed mall in Delaware. The opening of the retail hub shifted several businesses away from downtown Dover, including JCPenney, which became an anchor store at the mall.[3] Woolco also anchored the shopping center. This store was shuttered in early 1983. It soon reopened as a Roses variety store. At its height, Blue Hen Mall housed over 50 shops.[4]

Sears was interested in relocating to the Blue Hen Mall from downtown Dover, but could not agree with management in where to place the store in the shopping center. As a result, Sears decided to relocate, along with other department stores, to the new Dover Mall which opened in 1982. Following the opening of the Dover Mall, many stores relocated from the Blue Hen Mall, turning it into a dead mall. It was also called by some of the local people as the "Blue Hen Chicken Mall." It was mainly used in the late 1980s when the mall was not popular anymore. [3] At this time, the Blue Hen Mall was owned by Jardel Company, Inc. and Penn Mutual.[5] JCPenney relocated to the Dover Mall in 1993 and Roses closed in 1991.[4]

In the 1990s, the Blue Hen Mall was converted into the Blue Hen Corporate Center, with the retail space becoming office space.[3][6] A Bank of America call center and an Aetna office facility served as the anchors of the corporate center. The Bank of America call center eventually closed and Aetna left the Blue Hen Corporate Center in 2009.[3] In 2008, the property was sold by Blue Hen Venture LLC to Pettinaro Enterprises LLC for $17.4 million.[2] Currently, the Blue Hen Corporate Center has several office vacancies.[3]

In September 2013 Bayhealth rented the space and relocated all of its information services resources from Kent General Hospital and Milford Memorial Hospital to the former Aetna space. Bayhealth did a complete renovation of the space, including new office furniture, computers and phone systems for its employees and contracting staff. 24x7 helpdesk for the entire hospital system is operated out of this new space as well.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "REGULAR MEETING". City of Dover. April 8, 1968. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  2. ^ a b "REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA" (PDF). City of Dover. February 25, 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 16, 2011. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Gest, Jayne (June 17, 2009). "Blue Hen Corporate Center loses one more tenant". Dover Post. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  4. ^ a b "Underground Storage Tank LUST List". Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  5. ^ "REGULAR MEETING". City of Dover. June 14, 1982. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  6. ^ "Office Locations: Blue Hen Mall/Corporate Center". Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 

Coordinates: 39°09′07″N 75°30′07″W / 39.152°N 75.502°W / 39.152; -75.502