Music City Mall (Lewisville, Texas)

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Music City Mall
North Entrance Vista Ridge Mall.jpg
North Entrance
LocationLewisville, Texas, United States
Coordinates33°0′9″N 96°58′18″W / 33.00250°N 96.97167°W / 33.00250; -96.97167Coordinates: 33°0′9″N 96°58′18″W / 33.00250°N 96.97167°W / 33.00250; -96.97167
Opening dateOctober 4, 1989; 31 years ago (1989-10-04)[1]
DeveloperHomart Development Company, Herring Marathon Group Inc., and JCP Realty Inc.
ManagementWoodmont Company
No. of stores and services105 (Stores)
No. of anchor tenants4 (1 Vacant)
Total retail floor area1,046,000 sq ft (97,200 m2)[2]
No. of floors2
Parking6,300
Websitewww.vistaridgemall.com

Music City Mall, formerly Vista Ridge Mall, is a shopping mall in Lewisville, Texas, USA, owned and managed by ICA-Investment Corporation of America. Constructed in 1989, it is located on the southwest corner of Round Grove Road and the portion of Interstate 35E known as Stemmons Freeway. It contains 105 Stores,[3] four of which are anchor tenants: Dillard's Clearance Center, Macy's (formerly Foley's), Cinemark, and Zion Market (formerly Sears).

Atrium
Atrium Court
East wing
East Concourse

History[edit]

Sears entrance level 2
Exterior depiction of Vacant 2nd level west facing entrance.

The mall had its grand opening on October 4, 1989, with Sears and Dillard's as its initial anchor stores.[1] By March 1990, an additional 19 stores had opened including The Gap, Casual Corner, and The Limited and Vista Ridge Mall was 65 percent leased.[4] The mall added a third anchor store when JCPenney opened its Vista Ridge Mall store on August 1, 1990.[5] The fourth anchor store to open was a Foley's, a unit of May Department Stores, as part of an expansion push by the chain, with its Vista Ridge Mall location holding its dedication in 1991.[6]

In 1991, the mall underwent interior renovations to make the indoor areas more appealing.

When Vista Ridge Mall opened in 1989, it included a 12-screen Cinemark theater, whose marquee and ticket office were in the center court of the mall.[7] In 2006, Cinemark constructed an attached 15-screen movie theater to the mall (it contains entrances both inside and outside the mall) and relocated there upon completion (the original theater has since remained unused).

Foley's would be re-branded as Macy's in September 2006, as a part of the Federated Department Stores acquisition and re-branding of May Company properties.[8]

The mall was sold on live auction in October 2017 to the highest bidder, Texas businessman John Bushman, of ICA Properties.[9] It was renamed Music City Mall, Lewisville.[10]

On May 31, 2018, it was announced that Sears would be closing as part of a plan to close 72 stores nationwide. The store closed in September 2018.[11] Zion announced its purchase and plans to open in Lewisville by the third quarter 2019 in the former Sears.[12]

Dillard's announced in early 2019 it would transition into Clearance Center by May.[13]

On June 4, 2020, it was announced that JCPenney would also be closing as part of a plan to close 154 stores nationwide. The store completed its liquidation on the 23rd of June.[14]

Identity transformation[edit]

Since its re-branding and transition to a music-focused identity, the mall has been a key supporter of the local music and arts scene. By ensuring adherence to strict safety policies, it was able to resume live performances while they were suspended at most area music venues during the pandemic.  With multiple live performances seven days a week, consistency has made the mall a valued anchor that helps sustain local musicians.

Anchor stores[edit]

J.C Penney & Dillard's Exteriors
Vista view of J.C Penny & Dillard's facades from the north entrance area
Music City Mall Dillard's
Exterior depiction of Dillard's northern facade
  • Dillard's Clearance Center (opened 1989, Converted to Clearance Center in May 2019)[13]
  • Macy's (opened 1991 as Foley's, became Macy's 2006)[8]
  • Cinemark (opened 2006, Replaced Circa 1989 12-screen venue in center court)[7]
  • Zion Market (opened 1989 as Sears, closed September 2018, Reoccupied by Zion Market in October 2019)[15][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Vista Ridge Mall celebrates grand opening in Lewisville". Dallas Morning News. 1989-10-05. Vista Ridge Mall, a joint venture by Homart Development Co., Herring Marathon Group Inc. and JCP Realty Inc., celebrated its grand opening Wednesday in Lewisville. Located on Stemmons freeway, Vista Ridge was completed under a two-phase development with national and local stores, restaurants, a 12-cinema complex and upon completion, six major department stores. The shopping center is currently anchored by Sears Roebuck and Co. and Dillards Department Stores.
  2. ^ General Growth Properties Vista Ridge Center Information. Retrieved February 14, 2007.
  3. ^ "Music City Mall ::: Lewisville ::: TX". www.mcmlewisville.com. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  4. ^ Waller, Susan (1990-03-04). "New Vista Ridge Mall attracting interest, shoppers". Dallas Morning News.
  5. ^ Baldwin, Pat (1990-07-24). "Penney's store opens Aug. 1". Dallas Morning News.
  6. ^ "Foley's plans to open store at Lewisville mall". Dallas Morning News. 1989-05-10.
  7. ^ a b Wuntch, Philip (1989-12-03). "Lewisville joins the return to theater elegance with Movies 12". Dallas Morning News.
  8. ^ a b JOURNAL, Ellen Byron and Dennis K. BermanStaff Reporters of THE WALL STREET (2005-02-28). "Federated Agrees To Acquire May In $11 Billion Deal". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  9. ^ Knopp, Leopold (29 November 2017). "Bushman bringing new life to Vista Ridge". The Lewisville Texan Journal. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  10. ^ McClanahan, John (12 December 2017). "New Owners Plan to Transform Struggling Vista Ridge Mall Into Music Destination". Dallas Observer.
  11. ^ https://starlocalmedia.com/lewisvilleleader/news/sears-to-close-lewisville-location/article_2c6f3a02-6529-11e8-bf0a-734590b651f2.html
  12. ^ a b Herod, Anna. "Zion Market now open in Lewisville, set to host K-Pop festival in October". Community Impact Newspaper. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  13. ^ a b Black, Sherelle. "Dillard's in Lewisville is transitioning to a clearance store". Community Impact Newspaper. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  14. ^ https://www.marketwatch.com/story/these-are-the-154-stores-jc-penney-will-soon-close-2020-06-04
  15. ^ hgoodwin@starlocalmedia.com, Heather M. Goodwin. "Sears to close Lewisville location". Star Local.