Cortana Mall

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Cortana Mall
Opening date 1976
Developer OTH
Management The Woodmont Company
Owner Moonbeam Equities
No. of stores and services 48 (formerly 110)
No. of anchor tenants 2 (formerly 6)
Total retail floor area 1,432,889 square feet (133,120 m²)
No. of floors 1
Website [1]

Cortana Mall (formerly The Mall at Cortana) is a mid-tier shopping mall in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is at the intersection of Airline Hwy. and Florida Blvd. Opening in 1976, it was one of the top 10 largest malls in the world.[citation needed] It is currently owned by Moonbeam Equities of Las Vegas, NV and managed by The Woodmont Company.

It is currently one of Baton Rouge's two regional malls, the other was the nearby former Bon Marche Mall, which closed in 1998. Since 1997, Cortana Mall has paired with the Mall of Louisiana, serving as two of Baton Rouge's main shopping destinations.

The current Dillard's store at the mall was originally Goudchaux's/Maison Blanche until 1998, when Dillard's purchased Maison Blanche's parent company, Mercantile Stores. As a result, Dillard's relocated from its existing store to the former Masion Blanche. The original Dillard's was then sold to Saks Incorporated, who converted it to Parisian in 1998, then McRae's a year later.[1] After McRae's closed in 2006, it became Foley's and ultimately Macy's.

Other former anchors include H. J. Wilson Co., which became Service Merchandise in 1985, then Steve & Barry's from 2004 to 2009. It is now tenanted by Virginia College. Mervyns, which was added in 1981, has been vacant since 2006.


As of March 2016, the mall anchors were: Sears, Dillard's, JC Penney and Virginia College. A fifth anchor, Macy's, announced that its Cortana Mall location will close in April 2016.

On January 4, 2017, it was announced the Sears store will be closing in the spring of that year. During the same week, Footlocker announced they would be leaving the mall as well. On March 17, 2017, it was announced the J.C. Penney store will be closing in June of that year. The closure of J.C. Penney would leave only one anchor store left that being Dillard's which is only an outlet store. On March 27, 2017, in an article from highlighted there were only 48 stores within the mall that still had a tenant leaving 62 spaces vacant. Other remaining tenants and managers have raised concerns about leaving the mall due to losing the two remaining major anchor stores.

Virginia College concourse
JCPenney at The Mall at Cortana


  • WBRZ (1995). 2WBRZ The Best of Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge: WBRZ. 

Coordinates: 30°27′26″N 91°05′35″W / 30.457236°N 91.093186°W / 30.457236; -91.093186

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