Montgomery Mall (Alabama)

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Montgomery Mall
Address 2899 E. South Blvd.
Opening date 1970
Closing date 2008
Developer Jim Wilson & Associates
No. of stores and services approx. 100
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area 726,882 square feet[1]
No. of floors 1

Montgomery Mall was an enclosed shopping mall in Montgomery, Alabama. Opened in 1970, it closed in 2008 after several years of declining traffic. The mall's anchor stores were J.C. Penney, Parisian, and Gayfers (later Dillard's, then Steve & Barry's). In February 2013, redevelopment began on the vacant mall property.


Montgomery Mall opened in 1970 with Montgomery Fair and J.C. Penney as its anchor stores. Other major tenants at the time included Lerner New York, Morrison's Cafeteria, Singer Sewing Center, and Elmore Variety Store.[2] The Montgomery Fair store was later rebranded Gayfers.[3] An expansion, begun in 1987 and completed in 1988, added a new wing anchored by Parisian.[4]

In 1998, Glimcher Realty Trust bought the mall for $70 million.[5] By the early 2000s, several stores had begun to close in the mall, including Piccadilly Cafeteria,[6] Gap, Eddie Bauer, Ruby Tuesday,[7] and American Eagle Outfitters.[8] Both J.C. Penney and Dillard's, which acquired the Gayfers chain in 1998, closed their stores at Montgomery Mall in 2005. The former relocated to a new store at Eastdale Mall,[9] while the latter moved to The Shoppes at Eastchase.

Although Steve & Barry's replaced the former Dillard's in early 2005,[10] Parisian closed in 2006,[11] as did several other stores. In 2007, Montgomery mayor Bobby Bright criticized Glimcher as using the mall for a tax write-off, and said that they "never showed willingness" to improve it.[12] Glimcher sold off the mall in May 2007.[13] The mall closed in 2008, with Steve & Barry's staying until September of that year.[14]

In May 2011, Keith Corporation announced plans to purchase 440,000 square feet of mall space, including the former J.C. Penney store, for conversion to health offices.[15] Redevelopment began in February 2013. Under the redevelopment plans, the former Steve & Barry's building will become a fire station, the former J.C. Penney will become a library, and the former Parisian will be used by Montgomery Technical Education Center.[16]


  1. ^ "Leasing sheet" (PDF). Glimcher. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 October 2006. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Alabama". Chain Store Age, Executives Edition Combined with Shopping Center Age (Lebhar-Friedman) 46 (1-6): E–54. 1970. 
  3. ^ Sherman, Mike (11 June 2000). "Dillard's looks to future". Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Parisian plans new store". Times Daily. 15 February 1987. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Glimcher Closes $70 Million Acquisition of Montgomery Mall In Montgomery, Ala.". PR Newswire. 16 July 1998. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Ray, Tiffany (5 March 2004). "Struggling Montgomery, Ala., Mall Loses Eatery.". Montgomery Adviser. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Clanton, Brett (9 January 2003). "Montgomery, Ala., Mall Loses Several High-Profile Stores.". Montgomery Adviser. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Ray, Tiffany (25 March 2004). "Montgomery Mall loses American Eagle". Montgomery Adviser. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "J.C. Penney Leaving Montgomery Mall". 11 February 2005. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Ray, Tiffany (3 February 2005). "Sportswear store new mall anchor". Montgomery Adviser. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Irvin, David (5 January 2006). "Parisian leaving mall in March". Montgomery Adviser. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  12. ^ Irvin, David (30 May 2006). "Montgomery Mall owner criticized". Montgomery Advsier. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Glimcher Announces The Sale Of Montgomery Mall In Montgomery, Alabama". Glimcher. 10 May 2007. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  14. ^ Harmon, Rick (3 September 2008). "Mall's last tenant, Steve & Barry's, to close". Montgomery Adviser. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  15. ^ Wales, Bethany (12 May 2011). "New vision for old Montgomery Mall". WSFA. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  16. ^ Kachmar, Kala (15 January 2013). "The New Montgomery: Development: Former Montgomery Mall's revival gains momentum". Montgomery Advsier. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 

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Coordinates: 32°19′45″N 86°14′46″W / 32.3293°N 86.2460°W / 32.3293; -86.2460