Hickory Point Mall

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Hickory Point Mall
Location Forsyth, Illinois
Coordinates 39°55′05″N 88°57′36″W / 39.91805°N 88.96006°W / 39.91805; -88.96006Coordinates: 39°55′05″N 88°57′36″W / 39.91805°N 88.96006°W / 39.91805; -88.96006
Address 1146 Hickory Point Mall
Opening date 1978[1]
Developer Copaken, White & Blitt
Owner CBL & Associates Properties
No. of stores and services 59[1]
No. of anchor tenants

5 (1 vacant)

2 junior department stores (Ross, and Ulta Beauty)[1]
Total retail floor area 826,347 square feet (77,000 m2)[1]
No. of floors 1

Hickory Point Mall is an enclosed shopping mall in Forsyth, Illinois. Opened in 1978, it features Bergner's, Kohl's, Von Maur, and Hobby Lobby as its anchor stores.[1] The mall is managed by CBL & Associates Properties.


The mall's original anchors included J. C. Penney, Bergner's, and Carson Pirie Scott (now Carson's), all of which relocated from downtown Decatur.[2] Kohl's was added in 1983 as a fourth anchor, and expanded in 2003.[3] Carson Pirie Scott sold its store and another at College Hills Mall (now The Shoppes at College Hills) in Normal to Von Maur in 1989.[4] MC Sports and Sears were added in 1998,[5] with the latter relocating from a store in downtown Decatur.[6] A year later, Gap Inc. announced plans to open Gap, GapKids, and Old Navy stores.[7]

In 2000, mall owners Copaken, White & Blitt renovated the interior.[8] CBL & Associates Properties bought the mall in 2005.[9]

Steve & Barry's opened in late 2007,[10] and closed less than a year later.[11] MC Sports moved its store across the hallway in late 2008.[12] Old Navy closed in 2010[13] and was re-tenanted by Cohn Furntiure later that same year. In addition, Shoe Show opened a Shoe Dept. Encore in the space vacated by Steve & Barry's.[14]

Some scenes from the 2009 film The Informant! were filmed at the mall.[15] In January 2014, it was announced that JCPenney would be closing its store by May 2014,[16] followed by Sears in November.[17] In September 2014 the mall opened up Ross Dress for Less and Ulta Beauty. In October 2014, CBL Properties announced that Hobby Lobby executed a lease for 60,000 SF in the space formerly occupied by JC Penney. [18]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Mall information". CBL & Associates Properties. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  2. ^ The middle-size cities of Illinois: their people, politics, and quality of life. Sangamon State University. Center for the Study of Middle-Size Cities. 1980. p. 77. 
  3. ^ "Hickory Point Mall property growth in high gear Coziahr Harley-Davidson to open at new location; Kohl's plans expansion". Herald & Review. 5 February 2003. p. C8. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Caron's sale of Petersen's complete". The Pantagraph. 18 January 1989. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "MC Sports works on mall site". Herald & Review. 19 December 1997. p. B6. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sears breaks ground at mall Opening of 101,000-square-foot stored scheduled for fall of 1998.". Herald & Review. 10 October 1997. p. D8. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Gap has plans for Hickory Point Mall stores Old Navy is among three likely to open, although no leases have been signed.". Herald & review. 8 October 1999. p. A1. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Mall to remodel interior Hickory Point officials believe new look will spur business". Herald & Review. 4 May 2000. p. A1. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  9. ^ Reid, Tony; Mike Frazier (18 October 2005). "Hickory Point Mall sold to investment group; deal includes Bloomington mall". Herald & Review. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Timely opening Officials hope Steve and Barry's opening just before the holiday season will keep more shoppers in the area". Herald & Review. 14 November 2007. p. C1. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Steve & Barry's closing at Forsyth mall No date set for final day of operation". Herald & Review. 3 September 2008. p. C1. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Reid, Tony; Chris Luvardi (3 October 2008). "Hobby grows into downtown business". Herald & Review. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  13. ^ Lusvardi, Chris (17 February 2010). "Old Navy leaving Hickory Point Mall". Herald & Review. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Making merry New stores, seasonal shops spice up mall's offering for holiday shoppers". Herald & Review. 19 November 2010. p. A1. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  15. ^ Albright, Jayson (7 May 2008). "On set with 'The Informant:' A long Tuesday, with extras". The Herald-Review. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  16. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/01/15/jc-penney/4495963/
  17. ^ "Sears in Hickory Point Mall to close in December". WSOY-AM. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  18. ^ http://seekingalpha.com/article/2620655-cbl-and-associates-properties-cbl-ceo-stephen-lebovitz-on-q3-2014-results-earnings-call-transcript

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