Markland Mall

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Markland Mall
LocationKokomo, Indiana, U.S.
Coordinates40°28′26″N 86°06′36″W / 40.474°N 86.110°W / 40.474; -86.110Coordinates: 40°28′26″N 86°06′36″W / 40.474°N 86.110°W / 40.474; -86.110
Address1114 17th Street
Opening date1968[1]
DeveloperMelvin Simon & Associates
OwnerWashington Prime Group
No. of stores and services40+
No. of anchor tenants4 (3 Vacant)
Total retail floor area416,000 sq ft (38,600 m2)[1]
No. of floors1

Markland Mall is an enclosed shopping mall in Kokomo, Indiana. Opened in 1968, it features Target as its anchor stores. It is managed by Washington Prime Group.

History[edit]

Melvin Simon & Associates announced the development of Markland Mall in 1967. Original tenants included Sears, Danners 5 & 10, a Kroger supermarket, SupeRx drugstore,[2] and an Ayr-Way discount store.[3]

The Danners store became William H. Block Co. in 1974.[4] Ayr-Way was converted to Target along with the rest of the Ayr-Way chain in 1981.[5] In 1985, the William H. Block store was expanded, taking over a mall hallway and space vacated by Robert Hall Village. This was part of a mall expansion that included the installation of new floor tiles and skylights, as well as the extension of certain storefronts to give the hallways a "staggered" appearance.[6] Block later became Lazarus in 1987, and then Macy's before closing.

In 2001, Old Navy was added to the mall, replacing space once occupied by a Goodyear service center.[7] Lazarus became Macy's before closing in 2005. The movie theater, also an original tenant, closed in 2006.[8] In 2011, the former Lazarus space became Carson's, resulting in the closure of an Elder-Beerman at the nearby Kokomo Mall (now Kokomo Town Center).[9] Old Navy closed in 2016,[10] with Sears and MC Sports both closing in 2017.[11][12] Later in 2017, it was confirmed that the Sears store would be torn down for Aldi, Party City, PetSmart, and Ross Dress for Less.[13] A gym called Gravity replaced the MC Sports store the same year.[14] Carson's will be closing in Summer 2018 along with the rest of the chain.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Leasing Sheet" (PDF). Simon Property Group. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 October 2006. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Indiana". Chain Store Age, Executives Edition Combined with Shopping Center Age. 43 (1–6): E–97.
  3. ^ "Ayres to build store in Markland Mall". The Kokomo Tribune. 18 July 1967.
  4. ^ "Block's to open Kokomo store". Kokomo Tribune. 1 April 1973. p. 4.
  5. ^ "Target completes variety of changes". Kokomo Tribune. 28 October 1981. p. 57.
  6. ^ "Block system". Kokomo Tribune. 22 January 1985. p. 1.
  7. ^ Dick, Stephen (23 July 2000). "Look who's coming to town". The Kokomo Tribune. p. 21.
  8. ^ Dempsey, John (21 March 2006). "Markland Mall Cinemas to close Thursday in Kokomo". Indiana Economic Digest. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  9. ^ Human, Daniel (14 April 2011). "New mall, new name for Elder-Beerman". Kokomo Tribune. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  10. ^ Sigler, Josh (12 Jan 2016). "Old Navy to close Kokomo location". Kokomo Tribune. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  11. ^ https://www.kokomotribune.com%2Fnews%2Flocal_news%2Fkokomo-sears-store-to-close-this-spring
  12. ^ https://www.kokomotribune.com%2Fnews%2Fmc-sports-closing-following-liquidation-sale
  13. ^ http://kokomoperspective.com/kp/news/four-new-tenants-to-fill-markland-mall/article_e61463f8-10d1-11e8-b6c7-fbe891a87f9b.html
  14. ^ http://www.kokomotribune.com/news/local_news/markland-mall-announces-new-tenants-in-former-sears-location-including/article_676a3ef6-0db6-11e8-ae1d-1fe50d63cfd6.html
  15. ^ Tribune, Tyler Juranovich Kokomo. "Carson's going out of business sale starts Friday". Kokomo Tribune. Retrieved 2018-05-04.

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