Jefferson Mall

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Jefferson Mall
Food Court entrance to Jefferson Mall.jpg
LocationLouisville, Kentucky
Opening dateAugust 12, 1978
DeveloperRichard E. Jacobs Group
ManagementCBL & Associates Properties
No. of stores and services73
No. of anchor tenants4 (3 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area950,350 square feet (88,290 m2)
No. of floors1
Jefferon Mall's sign on the Outer Loop

Jefferson Mall is a Louisville, Kentucky, shopping mall located near the intersection of Interstate 65 and Outer Loop in southern Louisville. It is the only major mall in southern Jefferson County, and the only of Louisville's six regional shopping centers (400,000+ square feet) serving the south and west county; the others are located in the east county.[1]

Opened on August 12, 1978 and named after the county it is located in, the mall's original anchor stores included JCPenney, Sears, Stewart Dry Goods, and Shillito's. Jefferson Mall originally had no food court, only a Burger King and a casual dining restaurant called Annabelle's. The mall was developed by Richard E. Jacobs Group of Cleveland, Ohio and included 936,000 square feet (87,000 m2) of space.[2]

The mall was sold in 2000 to CBL & Associates Properties of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Louisville's daily newspaper, The Courier-Journal, described the mall as "overlooked" in the Louisville retail scene, not as popular as Oxmoor Center and Mall St. Matthews in eastern Jefferson County. At the time, Jefferson Mall had not been updated substantially since its opening except for the addition of a food court in 1999.[3] The mall's first major renovation was completed in 2003 and included new entrances.

Jefferson Mall food court December, 2016

The mall's current anchor stores are Dillard's, JCPenney, and Sears There are 95 permanent stores and 990,452 sq ft (92,016.0 m2) of leased space.[4]

In March 2005 Macy's assumed operation of the former Shillito's, then closed in April 2017 as part of a company-wide downsizing.[5] The former Macy's will become Round One Entertainment in December 2018.[6]

Photo of Jefferson Mall Macy's taken on December 29, 2016, four months before its closure

On October 15, 2018, it was announced that Sears would be closing as part of a plan to close 142 stores nationwide which will leave Dillard's and JCPenney as the only anchors left.[7]


  1. ^ "PRP Wal-Mart could lure stores". The Courier-Journal. 2006-01-25.
  2. ^ "Full renovation of Jefferson Mall will be first in its 25-year history". The Courier-Journal. 2003-01-08.
  3. ^ "Tennessee Company buys Jefferson mall". The Courier-Journal. 2000-09-27.
  4. ^ "Jefferson Mall". CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. Retrieved 2011-01-20.
  5. ^ "Macy's Is Closing 63 Stores And Cutting 10,000 Jobs As Sales Plunge Again". Fortune. 2017-01-04.
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Coordinates: 38°08′27″N 85°40′17″W / 38.140717°N 85.671301°W / 38.140717; -85.671301