West Acres Shopping Center

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West Acres Shopping Center
Location Fargo, North Dakota, USA
Opening date August 2, 1972[1]
Management West Acres Management/Macerich Company
Owner West Acres Management
No. of stores and services 130
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 950,000 sq ft (88,000 m2).
No. of floors 1 (J.C. Penney is 2 levels)
Parking 5,000+
Website West Acres Shopping Center website
West Acres Shopping Center

West Acres Shopping Center is a regional shopping mall located in Fargo, North Dakota near the intersection of Interstates 29 and 94. It is the largest mall in North Dakota and includes four major anchors, nearly 130 stores and services, and a 750-seat food court. The mall is also home to The Roger Maris Museum, a collection of regional art, the Touchstone Energy Dinosaur Playland, and a collection of spearfishing decoys created by John Jensen.

West Acres Shopping Center was developed in August 1972 by William A. Schlossman along with several other investors. Upon opening, the mall featured Dayton's, Sears, and Fargo-based DeLendrecie's — relocating from its earlier downtown location.[2] The Dayton's store was the first outside the state of Minnesota.[3] A 1979 expansion added J.C. Penney as a fourth anchor. DeLendecie's became Herberger's in 1998, and a food court was added in 2000. The Dayton's store was re-branded Marshall Field's in 2001, and Macy's in 2006. In 2010, the first Forever 21 in North Dakota opened at the mall.[3]

A centerpiece since the mall opened in 1972 is the Fountain of Abundance, created by (and refurbished by) Moorhead State University art professor, P. Richard Szeitz. The fountain was originally located in front of Dayton's (currently Macy's) and was moved in front of J.C. Penney in 2001 during the construction of the food court.

Other featured artists at the mall include Marjorie Schlossman, Black Pinto Horse (Monte Yellow Bird), Walter Piehl, Star Wallowing Bull, Dan Jones, Robert Crowe, Carl Oltvelt, Ellen Deidrich, Brad Bachmeier, and Alfred Dacoteau. In 2007, West Acres was named the Business Art's Advocate by the Lake Agassiz Arts Council.[4]

In December 2012, the addition of Ann Taylor LOFT and White House Black Market increased the mall to 100% occupancy. Most recently, however, West Acres continues to lose stores and customers due to the growing popularity of downtown Fargo and stores moving to the South West corner of the city. Most recently West Acres has closed Sears, Abercrombie and Fitch, White House Black Market and Gymboree. [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Date of opening
  2. ^ "Corporate Report of the Ninth Federal Reserve District". Ninth Fed Communications, Incorporated. 1 January 1971. Retrieved 7 May 2017 – via Google Books. 
  3. ^ a b "Mall in Fargo, Shopping in Fargo ND - West Acres Mall". westacres.com. Retrieved 7 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "West Acres Shopping Center : Define, Explore, Discuss". www.museumstuff.com. Retrieved 7 May 2017. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]

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Coordinates: 46°51′33″N 96°50′48″W / 46.85917°N 96.84667°W / 46.85917; -96.84667