Northridge Mall (Milwaukee)

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Northridge Mall
LocationMilwaukee, Wisconsin
Opening dateAugust 14, 1972
DeveloperTaubman Centers, Inc.
ManagementSimon Property Group
OwnerSimon Property Group
No. of stores and services4
No. of anchor tenants4 (4 vacant)
Total retail floor area800,000 sq ft (74,322 m2)
No. of floors2

Northridge Mall was a shopping mall located in the northern part of Milwaukee, Wisconsin that first opened in August of 1972.


The Grand Opening occurred in August 1972, two years after its sister mall, Southridge Mall opened in 1970. Both were financed and owned by Senator Herb Kohl and part of the Taubman Centers. Northridge Mall, and nearby Northridge Lakes development, a residential development consisting of a mix of inventive multi-family residences, were never well received by Milwaukee, and nearby Ozaukee County.[citation needed] The pioneering mall was planned and designed as a regional center, consisting of a two level mall with four anchors: J. C. Penney, Sears, Boston Store, and Gimbels.

In 1992, Jesse Anderson stabbed his wife to death in the parking lot of the mall. He claimed two black men attacked them and stabbed his wife.[1]

Revitalization attempts[edit]

The former Sears store was razed, and a Menards home improvement store and Pick 'n Save supermarket occupied the site. Also, a Value City furniture store moved into a portion of the old Boston Store building, but closed in May 2009. The rest of the mall remains vacant.

As of August 2013, William Penzey of Penzeys Spices had announced plans to purchase the mall for use in Penzeys Spices operations.[2] [3] In April 2014, the Chinese investment company, U.S. Toward Enterprise Group Inc, retained ownership by making a last minute payment halting a foreclosure auction that might have allowed Penzeys Spices to take ownership of the property.[4]

In September 2014, Pick n Save announced it would be closing its store at Northridge Mall. After the Pick n Save closed, only a Menards store remained at the site.[5]

The mall has been used for airsoft events since its abandonment. [6]


  1. ^ Inside a ghost mall: Northridge sits quietly, unknown future ahead
  2. ^ Vogel Davis, Stacy (May 9, 2013). "City of Milwaukee officials 'thrilled' about pending Northridge purchase". Milwaukee
  3. ^ Daykin, Tom (August 16, 2013). "Penzey Northridge bid advances". Journal Sentinel.
  4. ^ Gores, Paul (April 11, 2014). "Chinese firm makes payment, blocking Penzeys Spices' plans for former Northridge Mall". Journal Sentinel.
  5. ^ Bauter, Alison (12 September 2014). "Pick 'n Save closing another blow to Northridge". Milwaukee Business Journal.
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Coordinates: 43°10′56″N 088°0′36″W / 43.18222°N 88.01000°W / 43.18222; -88.01000