Tel-Twelve Mall

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Tel-Twelve Mall
Location Southfield, Michigan, United States
Coordinates 42°29′56″N 83°16′59″W / 42.499°N 83.283°W / 42.499; -83.283Coordinates: 42°29′56″N 83°16′59″W / 42.499°N 83.283°W / 42.499; -83.283
Address Telegraph Road
Opening date 1968
Developer Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust
Management Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust
Owner Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust
Architect Charles N. Agree
No. of stores and services 20
No. of anchor tenants 7
Total retail floor area 523,411 square feet (48,626.5 m2) (GLA)
No. of floors 1

Tel-Twelve Mall is a shopping mall located in Southfield, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, United States. Developed as an enclosed mall in 1968, it was demolished and rebuilt in 2001 as a power center composed of big box tenants. Its anchor stores include Best Buy, DSW, Lowe's, Meijer, Michaels, Office Depot and PetSmart. The complex is owned and managed by Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust, the same company that developed it.


Tel-Twelve Mall opened in 1968 along Telegraph Road just north of Interstate 696 in Southfield, Michigan. The mall initially comprised two anchor stores: Kmart at the northern end and Montgomery Ward at the southern end, with a Chatham supermarket as a junior anchor in between.[1] It was designed by A&W Properties (now Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust), with Charles N. Agree as architect. It originally featured a fountain and Astroturf floors.[2]

At the time of its opening, Tel-Twelve Mall's viability was questioned by retailers, as Southfield already had a larger shopping mall, Northland Center.[1] Tel-Twelve was expanded four times in its history, eventually gaining a Crowley's department store as a third anchor in 1985,[3] as well as a food court. By 1990, the mall had gained a Kids "R" Us, and Silver's Office Supplies had replaced the Chatham.[4]

In 1994, a renovation of the mall added many stores, including Ruby Tuesday, Old Country Buffet, DSW Shoe Warehouse, and Gap Warehouse, which later became Media Play.[5] The Montgomery Ward store was downsized to make room for MC Sports and Office Depot, the former of which became Circuit City by 1996. Due to space limitations, a portion of the store had to be located across the mall hallway from the rest of the store.[6]

Crowley's closed in 2000, followed by Montgomery Ward a year later. Although the mall was still 85% occupied at the time, its tenant roster was largely composed of local stores.[1] Ramco-Gershenson had made a decision to demolish everything except for Kmart, Montgomery Ward, Office Depot, and Circuit City, and replace the rest of the complex with a strip mall. Kmart closed soon afterward, and its former location at the mall was demolished for a Meijer. The former Montgomery Ward was replaced with Michaels and Pier One, while other big box stores such as Lowe's supplanted the rest of the former enclosed mall space.[1] DSW also relocated to a new store on the site of the mall. Media Play became Best Buy, while the former Circuit City slot eventually became a PetSmart.


  1. ^ a b c d Marshall, Carol (2008-05-22). "Southfield Tel-Twelve mall revival stemmed from power mall reconfiguring". Oakland Business Review. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  2. ^ "At Southfield, an indoor lawn: Tel-Twelve's carpeted mall". Detroit Free Press. November 13, 1968. p. 8D. 
  3. ^ "Crowley's expands with new distribution center". The Detroiter. Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce. 7 (1-6): 6. 
  4. ^ Directory of major malls. MJJTM Publications Corp. 1990. p. 336. 
  5. ^ DeMaggio, Susan (6 June 1994). "Mall changes bring shoppers value". Canton Observer. pp. 8A–9A. 
  6. ^ "Unique Circuit City configuration Provides Win-Win Solution for Tel-Twelve Mall in Southfield, Mich". PR Newswire. 1996-09-09. Retrieved 2009-02-14.