Lansing Mall

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Lansing Mall
Lansing Mall Sign-Lansing, Michigan.JPG
Lansing Mall entrance sign on Saginaw Highway
Location Delta Charter Township, MI, United States
Address 5330 W. Saginaw Hwy.
Opening date July 1969
Developer Forbes/Cohen
Management Rouse Properties
Owner Rouse Properties
Architect ?
No. of stores and services 100+
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 830,052 square feet (77,114.4 m2)
No. of floors 1 (2 in JCPenney)
Website http://www.lansingmall.com

Lansing Mall is an enclosed shopping mall located in Delta Charter Township, Michigan, United States, just outside Lansing, the state capital of Michigan. Opened in July 1969, the mall comprises 830,052 square feet (77,114.4 m2) of gross leasable area,[1] with more than 100 stores and restaurants, as well as a food court. Anchor stores include T.J. Maxx, JCPenney, Macy's, and Younkers. Lansing Mall is managed and owned by Rouse Properties, one of the largest mall owners in the United States.

History[edit]

The Lansing Mall was built in the western suburb of Delta Township along M-43 (Saginaw Highway), and opened to the public on July 31, 1969.[2] Originally, it included three anchor stores: Montgomery Ward at the eastern end, Detroit-based Federal's at the western end, and Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Wurzburg's in the middle.[3] Other major tenants at opening included Cunningham Drug, Schensul's Cafeteria, and McCrory Stores.[4] Federal's closed its store in 1972,[5] and Wurzburg's was converted to J.W. Knapp Company. When Knapp declared bankruptcy in 1980, the store at Lansing Mall was one of three that the chain sold to J. C. Penney.[6]

The former Federal's store briefly operated as Robert Hall Village.[7] In 1979, the former Federal's/Robert Hall Village space was used to create part of a new mall concourse, which extended westerly to a new Hudson's department store.[2][8] Also part of the late-1970s expansion was a food court. A northern wing, completed in 1987, added Mervyns to the north of the food court.[2]

1990s and 2000s[edit]

Lansing Mall was purchased in 1997 by General Growth Properties, who soon embarked on a $30 million renovation of the entire property. The food court was remodeled to include more seating for customers, and new restroom facilities were added.[9] Several new tenants were also added, including Barnes & Noble and Old Navy.[9]

In May 2001 Montgomery Ward had bankruptcy and closed all its stores. Later that same year, Hudsons became Marshall Field's. The eastern anchor remained vacant until 2002, when Younkers opened its first Lansing-area store in the space vacated by Montgomery Ward.[10][11] Dunham's Sports was added next to Old Navy in 2004.[12]

Marshall Field's was one of several nameplates to be converted to Macy's in 2006. The same year, Mervyns closed all of its Michigan operations. Steve & Barry's opened in the former Mervyns space in 2007, although it closed one year later due to the chain's bankruptcy. TJ Maxx was eventually added as well, relocating from across the street. Old Navy closed in 2009.[13]

In January 2013 the addition of a 50,000 square feet (4,645 m2) 12-screen cinema at the mall was announced, operated by Regal Entertainment Group. It is located on the site of the former Mervyns/Steve & Barry's.[14] The new theater opened in July 2014. A Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill began construction in the former Mervyns wing in 2013, but construction was never completed due to payment disputes with workers,[15] and Rouse terminated the lease in May 2015.[16] It was announced in November 2015 that the space would become a different bar called Tequila Cowboy.[17]

Possible redevelopment[edit]

In December 2007 the township board of Delta Charter Township reviewed proposals for the creation of a "downtown district" in the township. Under this plan, Lansing Mall would be renamed Delta Town Center, and redeveloped as an open-air center.[18] As of 2013, nothing has come of these plans.

Photo gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lansing Mall". ICSC.org. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  2. ^ a b c Caswell, Christine. "West Side Shoppers Are Sold on the Lansing Mall". The Greater Lansing Business Monthly. Archived from the original on May 27, 2005. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  3. ^ "Michigan". Chain Store Age. Lebhar-Friedman: E10. 1969. 
  4. ^ Dozier, Vickki. "From the Archives: Lansing Mall". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Store closings set by Federal's Chain". The New York Times. 1972-12-27. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  6. ^ El Nasser, Haya A. (June 7, 1981). "J. C. Penney dresses in high fashion for Lansing, Meridian mall openings". Lansing State Journal. pp. E1, E7. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  7. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=1QqSAAAAIAAJ&q=%22lansing+mall%22+%22robert+hall%22&dq=%22lansing+mall%22+%22robert+hall%22&source=bl&ots=uqdpa8P3YB&sig=M6D_-GWjdghmruIwNrw412MCg98&hl=en&sa=X&ei=lfFIUOz4KsTl0QHQ-YHoCg&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA
  8. ^ "Hudson plans welcome". Lansing State Journal. October 3, 1977. p. A4. 
  9. ^ a b Sands, Amy. "Lansing Mall Celebrates New Look". The Greater Lansing Business Monthly. Archived from the original on August 26, 2005. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  10. ^ Stock, Susan (2002-10-30). "Younkers opens anchor store at Lansing Mall". Lansing State Journal. Archived from the original on November 5, 2002. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  11. ^ Stock, Susan (2002-10-29). "Younkers opens retail outlet at Lansing Mall". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved 2007-12-21. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Streetwise: What people are talking about". Lansing State Journal. 2004-06-21. Archived from the original on July 2, 2004. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  13. ^ Evans, Pat (2009-01-11). "Lansing Old Navy to close doors". The State News. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  14. ^ VanHulle, Lindsay (2013-01-17). "Lansing Mall to get new 12-screen cinema". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  15. ^ http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/2015/04/22/toby-keiths-liens/26205643/
  16. ^ http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/2015/05/20/mall-evicting-toby-keiths-bar/27677347/
  17. ^ http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/2015/09/15/tequila-cowboy-bar-grill-open-lansing-mall/72328726/
  18. ^ White, Mary Jo (2007-12-09). "Delta Twp. hunts for its downtown". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 

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Coordinates: 42°44′31″N 84°37′37″W / 42.74203°N 84.62704°W / 42.74203; -84.62704