West Ridge Mall
|Address||1801 SW Wanamaker Road
Topeka, Kansas 66604
|Developer||Melvin Simon & Associates|
|No. of stores and services||115+|
|No. of anchor tenants||5|
|Total retail floor area||992,000 square feet (92,160 m2)|
|No. of floors||2|
West Ridge Mall is an enclosed shopping mall in Topeka, Kansas. Opened in 1988 and renovated in 2005. The mall has fiveanchor stores: Burlington, Dillard's, Furniture Mall of Kansas, JCPenney, and Sears. It is one of the largest malls in the state of Kansas, behind the Legends Outlets in Kansas City, Kansas.
The mall opened in 1988 under the development of Melvin Simon & Associates. Vanna White made a guest appearance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Original tenants included J.C. Penney, Dillard's, Sears, Montgomery Ward, and The Jones Store. It also included a movie theater called the West Ridge 6, which had a Baskin-Robbins inside it.
Montgomery Ward closed at the mall 2001. Another original tenant, Old Country Buffet, closed in 2003, followed by the movie theater in 2005. The Montgomery Ward building was briefly used for an exhibit by the Kansas International Museum, and became Burlington Coat Factory in 2007. Macy's acquired The Jones Store's parent company in 2006, thus returning Macy's to Topeka after the chain's downtown store closed in 1986. The Macy's closed in 2012. The former Macy's became Furniture Mall of Kansas in late 2013.
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