Southwest Plaza

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Southwest Plaza
LocationJefferson County, Colorado
Coordinates39°36′43″N 105°05′44″W / 39.61198°N 105.09560°W / 39.61198; -105.09560Coordinates: 39°36′43″N 105°05′44″W / 39.61198°N 105.09560°W / 39.61198; -105.09560
Address8501 West Bowles Avenue
Littleton, Colorado 80123
Opening date1983; 36 years ago (1983)
DeveloperSouthwest Properties Venture
ManagementBrookfield Properties Retail Group
OwnerBrookfield Properties Retail Group
No. of stores and services102
No. of anchor tenants6
Total retail floor area1,171,957 square feet (108,878.4 m2)
No. of floors2

Southwest Plaza is an enclosed shopping mall in unincorporated Jefferson County, Colorado, immediately south of Denver. Littleton, Colorado is commonly indicated in the mall's postal address because its ZIP code is primarily associated with that city, which lies some two miles east. The mall has two levels with over 150 stores and a food court.

Anchor stores include Dillard's, J. C. Penney, Macy's, Sears, and Dick's Sporting Goods.[1]


In 1983, the mall opened with The Denver Dry Goods Company and anchor stores May-Daniels & Fisher (May D&F), Montgomery Ward, Sears, and Joslins.

In 1987, The May Department Stores Company, then owners of May D&F, acquired The Denver Dry Goods Company; since May Company already operated a May D&F store at the mall, the Denver Dry Goods store was sold to J.C. Penney.[2]

In 1998, the mall was sold by Southwest Properties Venture, a partnership between Denver developers Jordon Perlmutter, Samuel Primack, and Michael Cooper to General Growth Properties for $64 million.[3]

Joslins was converted to Dillard's in 1998.

Montgomery Ward closed in 2001 as the chain shuttered the last of its stores nationwide.

In 2006, the former Montgomery Ward store was converted to a Dillard's store and the former Dillard's being converted to a Dick's Sporting Goods and Steve & Barry's.[4]

In 2009, Steve & Barry's closed as the entire chain was shut down.

In November 2015, an 18-month, $75 million renovation was completed.[5] Also in November 2015, The Cheesecake Factory opened at the mall.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Southwest Plaza". Brookfield Properties Retail Group.
  2. ^ Vasquez, Beverly (May 24, 1998). "Dillard's double play". American City Business Journals.
  3. ^ "GENERAL GROWTH PROPERTIES IN DENVER DEAL". The New York Times. Dow Jones & Company. April 4, 1998.
  4. ^ "New stores on tap for Southwest Plaza". American City Business Journals. August 23, 2006.
  5. ^ RUSCH, EMILIE (November 13, 2015). "Southwest Plaza focuses on community, convenience with $75M rehab". The Denver Post.
  6. ^ "The Cheesecake Factory Opens in Littleton, CO" (Press release). Business Wire. November 17, 2015.

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