Kentucky Oaks Mall

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Kentucky Oaks Mall
Address 5105 Hinkleville Rd.
Paducah, KY 42001
Opening date 1983
Developer Cafaro Company
Management Cafaro Company
No. of stores and services approx. 90
Total retail floor area 1,300,000 square feet (120,000 m2) (GLA)[1]
No. of floors 1

Kentucky Oaks Mall is an enclosed super-regional shopping mall in Paducah, Kentucky, USA. Managed by Cafaro Company, the mall includes more than 90 inline stores, as well as regional radio station Rock 98.3 WJLI. Its anchor stores comprise Sears, JCPenney, Best Buy, Elder-Beerman, a Dillard's store divided into two sub-stores, and Dick's Sporting Goods. It was the largest mall in Kentucky by gross leasable area when it opened, and remains the state's third-largest, behind Fayette Mall in Lexington and Mall St. Matthews in Louisville.


Kentucky Oaks Mall opened in 1983 on U.S. Route 60 (Hinkleville Road) just west of Interstate 24. At the time, it had JCPenney, Sears, Ben Snyder's (later Hess's, now Dillard's) and Meis (which became Elder-Beerman in 1989) as its anchors.[2] Venture added its first Kentucky location to the mall in 1989.[3] The Venture store closed in 1998 and became Shopko in May 1999.[4] In 2000, it was rumored that the mall would be sold to CBL & Associates Properties.[5] Shopko remained in the mall for only two years, closing in 2001 along with several other stores, most of which were former Venture stores as well.[4] Several other big box stores were added on the mall's periphery in the early 2000s, including a Walmart Supercenter and a prototype store for The Home Depot.[6]

By 2003, K's Merchandise Mart had opened in the space vacated by Shopko.[7] Best Buy and Old Navy were both added in mid-2004,[8] with the former supplanting a former Ruby Tuesday restaurant.[9]

K's Merchandise closed on November 7, 2006 with the chain's bankruptcy. The K's items were then liquidated by HPG Enterprises,[10] which was closed only one month later after a judge forced it to close due to deceptive advertising.[11] Despite the loss of this anchor store, the mall continued to gain tenants in 2006, including Hollister Co. and New York & Company.[12] In November 2010, Dick's Sporting Goods opened in the space formerly occupied by K's Merchandise.

The Sears location is one of 6 that Sears Holdings has scheduled to close in early 2017.[13]


  1. ^ "Kentucky Oaks Mall". International Council of Shopping Centers. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  2. ^ Walker, Joe (2002-11-04). "Paducah, Ky.-area retail centers celebrate 20th anniversary.". The Paducah Sun. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  3. ^ "Paducah gets discount store". Kentucky New Era. 31 July 1989. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Walker, Joe (2001-02-01). "Shopko to close doors in Paducah". The Paducah Sun. Retrieved 2009-09-28. [dead link]
  5. ^ Walker, Joe (2000-07-10). "Majority Owners Unsure About Mall's Possible Sale to Chattanooga, Tn. Firm". The Paducah Sun. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  6. ^ Walker, Joe (2002-04-11). "Manager Prepares to Open Prototype Home Depot Store in Hometown Paducah, Ky.". The Paducah Sun. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  7. ^ Walker, Joe (2006-09-07). "K's Merchandise decline in sales brings closing plan: Seventy jobs will end when the Paducah store closes.". The Paducah Sun. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  8. ^ "Opening for business". Chain Store Age. 2004-05-01. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  9. ^ Walker, Joe (2004-08-14). "Best Buy's opening in Paducah, Ky., draws hundreds.". The Paducah Sun. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  10. ^ Walker, Joe (2006-11-16). "Discounter opening at old K's: HPG Enterprises employs about 40 people from the previous Kentucky Oaks tenant". The Paducah Sun. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  11. ^ "Judge orders K's liquidator closed". The Paducah Sun. 2006-12-09. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  12. ^ Walker, Joe (2006-07-16). "Changing landscape: Kentucky Oaks Mall occupancy remains strong even as merchants move to strip centers.". The Paducah Sun. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
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