Oakwood Center

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Coordinates: 29°55′17″N 90°02′18″W / 29.92138°N 90.03831°W / 29.92138; -90.03831

Oakwood Center
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LocationTerrytown, Louisiana
Opening date1966; 53 years ago (1966) (original)
2007 (new mall)
ManagementBrookfield Properties Retail Group
OwnerBrookfield Properties Retail Group
No. of stores and services81[1]
No. of anchor tenants5
Total retail floor area907,145 ft²[1]
No. of floors1
Parking4,600 spaces
Websitewww.oakwoodcenter.com
Main entrance seen from Terry Parkway.
Interior, April 2009

Oakwood Center is a major shopping mall in Terrytown, Louisiana, on the West Bank of the Mississippi River in the New Orleans metropolitan area. It was originally named "Oakwood Mall", and some signage and local usage continues to call it that. It is geographically in Terrytown, but the mailing address is in adjacent Gretna, Louisiana.

"Oakwood Mall" opened in 1966, taking advantage of the increased development on the West Bank following the opening of the Crescent City Connection.[2] One of the former anchor stores was D. H. Holmes. It was replaced by a Dillard's store in 1992, and then by Marshalls.

Oakwood Center fell victim to significant damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The mall was heavily looted and set on fire on August 31, 2005. Nearly 80% of the stores experienced fire or water damage.[3] The main shopping area was closed during demolition and construction. Two department stores, Sears and Dillard's, along with Dollar Tree, Foot Locker, and the Bank of Louisiana reopened before the entire mall reopened. Oakwood Center completely reopened on October 19, 2007, except for the Mervyns wing.

Forever 21 and Shoe Department Encore replaced the Marshalls.

In 2013, it was confirmed that the Mervyns wing would be torn down for Dick's Sporting Goods.[4]

After renovations, the center includes three sit-down restaurants; over 360,000 square feet (33,000 m2) of floor space boasting over 80 specialty shops (regional and national retailers); and a 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) food pavilion.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Oakwood Center". Brookfield Properties Retail Group.
  2. ^ "Lakeside Shopping Center; Metairie, Louisiana".
  3. ^ "Oakwood mall on fire". The Times-Picayune. September 1, 2005.
  4. ^ Shaw, Andrea (December 17, 2012). "Oakwood, Terrytown welcome reuse of dormant properties". The Times-Picayune.

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