Gadsden Mall

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Gadsden Mall
Gadsden mall textlogo.png
Location Gadsden, Alabama, USA
Coordinates 33°59′44.12″N 86°0′26″W / 33.9955889°N 86.00722°W / 33.9955889; -86.00722Coordinates: 33°59′44.12″N 86°0′26″W / 33.9955889°N 86.00722°W / 33.9955889; -86.00722
Opening date July 31, 1974[1]
Developer Colonial Properties[1]
Management CBL & Associates Properties
No. of stores and services 70+
No. of anchor tenants 3 (2 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area 502,591 square feet (46,692.2 m2)[2]
No. of floors 1
Website shopgadsdenmall.com

The Gadsden Mall is a regional 502,591-square-foot (46,692.2 m2) shopping mall on U.S. Route 411 (Rainbow Drive) in Gadsden, Alabama. Located at the interchange of Interstate 759 and U.S. Route 411, it is in the southern section of the city. It is anchored by Belk and Sears.

History[edit]

The site of the mall was historically knowns as the flats near Barrel Springs.[3]

Site preparation for the mall, the first mall in Etowah County, began in September 1972, and construction started in March 1973. Developed by Colonial Properties, the mall opened on July 31, 1974.[4][5] Sears and Belk Hudson opened as anchors at the mall, leaving their downtown locations, as did some other downtown merchants.[4]

JCPenney had a store in the mall from 1991-2001, and returned in 2008 in a new anchor location created as part of a remodeling of the mall. That store closed on July 31, 2017.[6][5]

Roy Moore[edit]

In November 2017, the mall became a subject of widespread news reports regarding U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, with reports that Moore used to frequent the mall in the early 1980s and would approach teenage females for dates, leading to locals claiming that Moore had been "banned" from the mall though no formal ban has been proven.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Utler, George (July 31, 1974). "Mall's reception enthusiastic". The Gadsden Times. Gadsden, AL. p. 1. 
  2. ^ "Gadsden Mall - Plans". Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust. Archived from the original on August 9, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ http://gadsdenmessenger.com/2016/03/25/the-vagabond-ringling-brothers-circus-first-came-to-gadsden-in-1899/
  4. ^ a b (12 July 2009). Shopping trends change with times, Gadsden Times
  5. ^ a b Savage, Lisa (8 November 2015). One-Stop Shop: More than 40 years later, Gadsden Mall still sees success in business, Gadsden Times
  6. ^ Bailey, Greg (17 March 2017). Gadsden’s JCPenney store among 138 set to close, Gadsden Times
  7. ^ Bethea, Charles (13 November 2017). Locals were troubled by Roy Moore's interactions with teen girls at the Gadsden Mall, The New Yorker
  8. ^ Vollers, Anna Claire (13 November 2017). Gadsden locals say Moore's predatory behavior at mall, restaurants not a secret, The Birmingham News

External links[edit]

Sears at Gadsden Mall
Sears at Gadsden Mall