Prien Lake Mall

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Prien Lake Mall
LocationLake Charles, Louisiana
Coordinates30°12′01″N 93°13′35″W / 30.20027°N 93.22643°W / 30.20027; -93.22643Coordinates: 30°12′01″N 93°13′35″W / 30.20027°N 93.22643°W / 30.20027; -93.22643
Opening date13 April 1972[1]
OwnerSimon Property Group
No. of stores and services86
No. of anchor tenants5 (4 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area848,263 square feet (78,806.2 m2)[2]
No. of floors1
WebsitePrien Lake Mall website

Prien Lake Mall is an enclosed, regional shopping mall in Lake Charles, Louisiana which serves some 200,000 people.[3] It is located on West Prien Lake Road and is highly visible from Interstate 210. The Mall is named after Prien Lake, which is one of the lakes in the city of Lake Charles. When it opened in 1972[4] with 35 stores,[5] many retailers from downtown Lake Charles relocated to the mall leading to urban blight in the downtown area.[6] The anchor store on opening was Montgomery Ward.[7] The mall was extended with a new wing opening in 1998,[8] increasing floorspace to 800,000 sq. ft. including a new food court and Sears store,[9] which closed in 2018.[10] In 2001 an Educational Resource Centre was approved for opening in the mall with federal funding from the US Department of Education's Community Technology Centers Program.[11] It provides adult education and English classes.[12]

The mall has been owned by Simon Property Group since its construction.[13]

Prien Lake Mall hosts four department stores: Dick's Sporting Goods, Dillard's, JCPenney, and Kohls, with one vacant anchor last occupied by Sears.[14] It includes 86[15] stores, and also a food court called the Calcasieu Kettle. Retailers include Talbots, Gap, Aéropostale, Bath & Body Works, American Eagle, Buckle, and Hollister. Cinemark Theatre provides stadium seating and uses digital technology.[16]


  1. ^ "Prien Lake Mall opens today in Lake Charles". The Eunice News. 13 April 1972. p. 7.
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  5. ^ Chain Store Age, Executives Edition Combined Shopping Center Age, 45 (1–6), Lebhar-Friedman, 1971, p. E-175
  6. ^ Jessica Hutchings. Lake Charles. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 8, 15, 19. ISBN 9781467113281.
  7. ^ Chain Store Age, Executives Edition Combined Shopping Center Age, 47 (7–12), Lebhar-Friedman, 1971, p. E-68
  8. ^ "PHOTOS: See what the Prien Lake Mall looked like in the 1980s". KPLC. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  9. ^ Geoffrey Richards (1 Jan 1999). "Retails Seeking To Bridge Retail Court". National Real Estate Investor. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Sears department store, Sears Auto Center in Lake Charles closing". KPLC. 22 May 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  11. ^ Calcasieu Parish School Board minutes of 16 October 2001 Meeting
  12. ^ Pam Dixon (22 May 2006). "Second chance at a high school diploma". KPLCTV. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  13. ^ Annual Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15 (d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934: Simon Property Group Inc. (PDF), 2001, p. 19
  14. ^ Soileau, Mike. "Sears And The Automotive Center At Prien Lake Mall Closing". GATOR 99.5. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
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