Meridian Mall

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Meridian Mall
Meridian Mall Sign-Okemos Michigan.JPG
Meridian Mall entrance sign along Grand River Avenue
Location Meridian Charter Township (Okemos), Michigan, United States
Opening date 1969
Developer M.H. Hausman Co.
Management CBL & Associates Properties
Owner CBL & Associates Properties
No. of stores and services 125
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 997,128 sq ft (92,636 m2).
No. of floors 1 (2 in Younkers Women's and Dick's Sporting Goods)

Meridian Mall is a super-regional shopping mall located in Okemos, Meridian Township, a suburb of Lansing, Michigan, United States. The mall is near Michigan State University. It opened in 1969, the same year that its main competitor, Lansing Mall, opened on the other end of the Lansing metropolitan area. Meridian Mall features about 125 stores plus a food court. Anchor stores include Dick's Sporting Goods, JCPenney, Macy's, and two Younkers stores. Meridian Mall is owned and managed by CBL & Associates Properties.


Meridian Mall was built by M.H. Hausman Company[1] and opened to the public on November 6, 1969.[2] The mall was built at the northwest corner of Grand River Avenue (M-43) and Marsh Road in Meridian Charter Township. Originally, the mall featured three anchor stores: Lansing-based J.W. Knapp Company (Knapp's), a Woolco discount store, and a G.C. Murphy dime store.[3] Tenants at the time included a movie theater, Cunningham Drug, Hamady Brothers supermarket, Schensul's Cafeteria, and Elias Brothers Big Boy restaurant.[4] In 1979, the Murphy store was closed and its space was divided into a new mall section consisting of twelve shops.[5]

J. W. Knapp filed for bankruptcy in 1980 and sold three of its four stores to JCPenney: the location at Meridian Mall, plus another at Lansing Mall and a third at Westwood Mall in Jackson.[6] These openings resulted in the closure of a JCPenney store in downtown Lansing. A new wing was added to the south end of Meridian Mall in 1982, bringing in Detroit-based Hudson's as a third anchor.[7] Woolco closed later in 1982 as parent company F. W. Woolworth Company phased out the Woolco stores. A year later, the Woolco space was subdivided between a 50,000-square-foot (4,600 m2) Service Merchandise catalog showroom and a new mall corridor with space for up to fifteen more tenants.[8] A 1987 expansion added another new wing ending in a Mervyns department store. The store opened concurrently with seven others in the state, one of which was also located at Lansing Mall, as part of the chain's introduction to Michigan.[9] This addition at Meridian Mall included more than ten new storefronts, including Lerner New York, LensCrafters, Babbage's, and new locations for Gantos and County Seat.[10]

1990s-early 2000s[edit]

Meridian Mall side entrance from west end of building

On August 27, 1998, CBL & Associates Properties acquired Meridian Mall from Samuels & Associates.[11][12] Service Merchandise declared bankruptcy a year later. The former Service Merchandise was demolished for a two-story Jacobson's department store in 2000, replacing an existing Jacobson's in nearby East Lansing.[12][13] In January 2000, the Meridian 4 East theaters was closed, while the Meridian 4 West continued operating until it was also closed in 2000.

Bed Bath & Beyond, Steve & Barry's, and Old Navy were added to the mall, along with a new food court and a Galyan's sporting goods store.[2] At the time, this was the chain's closest location to a college campus (specifically, Michigan State University).[2] Schuler Books & Music replaced the mall's original food court, having moved from a smaller store nearby.[2] Also in 2001, Hudson's was renamed Marshall Field's by parent company Target Corporation.

Jacobson's declared bankruptcy in 2002 and closed.[14] A year after closing, the former Jacobson's was converted to Younkers,[2] which had also opened at Lansing Mall that same year. Due to space limitations in the old Jacobson's space, Younkers operated its men's and children's departments in a separate storefront adjacent to the former Jacobson's, and as a result, the mall's offices and Steve & Barry's were both relocated.

Mid 2000s-2010s[edit]

In 2004, Dick's Sporting Goods acquired and renamed all of the Galyan's stores. Two more changes came to the mall's anchors in 2006; first, in early 2006, Mervyns closed all of its Michigan stores, and later the same year, Marshall Field's was one of several chains to be acquired and renamed by Macy's. Younkers announced in 2007 that it would add a second store in the former Mervyns space. The second store, opened in September 2008, comprised the men's, children's and home goods departments, while the women's departments were retained at the existing Younkers.[15]

The former Meridian Mall Outer 6 AMC movie theater, known as the Meridian Mall 6 since the closing of the East theaters, closed its doors on September 5, 2011.[16] The theater reopened in December 2012 as Studio C!, offering drinks and made-to-order food ordered and served from patron's seats.[17]

In late 2013, plans were approved to add H&M and Gordmans to the mall sometime in 2014. Planet Fitness and Shoe Carnival both opened in the Macy's wing in late 2013.[18][19]

On April 29, 2017, Gordmans closed their Meridian Mall location due to bankruptcy.[20]


  1. ^ "Michigan". CSA Super Markets. 44: 68. 1968. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Whittington, Jane (2002-11-01). "Meridian Mall Evolves, Expands". Greater Lansing Business Monthly. Retrieved 2008-09-29. 
  3. ^ "The Michigan Assessor". 17. 1976: 5. 
  4. ^ Dozier, Vickki. "From the Archives: Meridian Mall". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Billitterri, Tom (June 10, 1979). "Dozen shops will replace G.C. Murphy". Lansing State Journal. p. E10. 
  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. ^ "Hudson's to open second outlet in Lansing area in July 1982". The Toledo Blade. 1981-06-09. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  8. ^ El Nasser, Haya A. (November 13, 1983). "Catalog showroom will open Monday". Lansing State Journal. p. E1. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  9. ^ Albright, John B. (August 8, 1987). "Ads lead way for Mervyn's department stores". Lansing State Journal. p. 6B. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  10. ^ Barker, Dedria (September 19, 1987). "Malls to open twin additions". Lansing State Journal. p. 6B. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  11. ^ CBL & Associates Properties Acquires Two Malls in Michigan and Wisconsin
  12. ^ a b "Improvements to Meridian Mall boast new stores, better floors". The State News. Archived from the original on 2003-07-06. 
  13. ^ Jacobson’s reopens doors Archived 2003-11-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Last hurrah at Jacobson's lures bargain hunters Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ Prater, Kathryn (2007-11-08). "Younkers to split its Okemos store". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved 2007-11-13. [permanent dead link]
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  17. ^ O'Brien, Jesse (2012-07-03). "Meridan AMC turning into high-end Celebration Cinema". The State News. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  18. ^ Parker, Dawn (3 December 2013). "Board OKs Meridian Mall expansion". Lansing State Journal. Archived from the original on 22 December 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "Meridian Mall expansion request approved". HOM TV. 4 December 2013. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  20. ^ Alusheff, Alexander (27 April 2017). "Gordmans in Meridian Mall to close Saturday". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 

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Coordinates: 42°43′30″N 84°25′08″W / 42.724885°N 84.418774°W / 42.724885; -84.418774