Louis Joliet Mall
|Location||Joliet, Illinois, USA|
|Address||3340 Mall Loop Drive, Joliet, IL 60431|
|Opening date||August 2, 1978|
|Developer||Homart Development Company|
|Management||Starwood Capital Group|
|Owner||Starwood Capital Group|
|No. of stores and services||99|
|No. of anchor tenants||5 (3 open, 2 vacant)|
|Total retail floor area||947,000 ft²|
|No. of floors||1 (2 in Retail Anchors)|
Louis Joliet Mall, formerly known as Westfield Louis Joliet Mall, is a shopping mall in Joliet, Illinois. Its anchor stores are J. C. Penney, Macy's (formerly Marshall Field's) and a 14-screen Cinemark movie theater along with two vacant anchors last occupied by Carson's (formerly Bergner-Weise) and Sears. It also has 3 Restaurants, TGI Fridays, Panera Bread, and a former Tilted Kilt. The mall opened in 1978 with Sears and Marshall Field & Company. Bergner-Weise opened in September 1979, and JCPenney would move from downtown to the mall one month later. In the beginning, Louis Joliet Mall had stiff competition from the slightly older mall a few miles away on Jefferson Street, Jefferson Square Mall. Many shops had a location in both malls (Stuart's, Musicland, Printer's Ink, etc.). After the Wieboldt's at Jefferson Square closed in 1987, many of these stores either went to Louis Joliet Mall or simply closed their Jefferson Square location. The Mall had renovations in 1995.
Louis Joliet is a one-level mall with Macy's and JCPenney at one end and the former Bergner-Weise/Carson's and Sears at other end. There is a food court off the main corridor in the center of the mall.
The former Carson's in the mall was originally a Bergner-Weise when it opened. It was converted after the merger of P.A. Bergner with Carson Pirie Scott. The store was renamed Carson's in the early-to-mid 2010s.
The mall barely escaped destruction when the Plainfield Tornado passed within a few hundred yards of the southwest entrance. Some shoppers report seeing nothing but a huge, black wall when they looked to the southwest. In 1991, Circuit City opened outside of the Mall. The chain went bankrupt in 2009. It was replaced by hhgregg in 2011. Six years later in 2017, hhgregg filed for bankruptcy as well. It was replaced by Binny's Beverage Depot in fall 2018.
In September 1992, Best Buy, located outside the mall, opened for the first time. It is connected to Value City Furniture.
In 2002, a Flagship Turk Furniture opened on the West Side.
General Cinema Theaters opened in 1984 with three screens. It became Silver Cinemas in 1990 and featured more screens. It closed in July 2008. Cinemark opened in its place on May 8, 2009. Two days before it opened, Movies 8, which opened on June 22, 1990 closed its doors.
The Westfield Group acquired the shopping center in 2003, and renamed it "Westfield Shoppingtown Louis Joliet", dropping the "Shoppingtown" name in June 2005. However, most locals rarely used the full name for the mall due to several other Westfield locations, notably in Aurora and Chicago Ridge; as such, the outdoor signage was eventually restored to say "Louis Joliet Mall". In April 2012, the mall was sold to Starwood Capital Group, with CBL & Associates Properties responsible for management.
The mall itself (not including anchor stores) is one floor and contains a variety of shops, stands, and food shops.
The mall also features a small play-area for children with seating for parents.
On April 18, 2018, it was announced that Carson's will close as the parent, Bon-Ton Stores, was going out of business. The store closed on August 29, 2018. On August 2, 2018, it was announced that the Senior Services of Will County might move into the former Bernger-Weise/Carson's space.
On October 15, 2018, it was announced that Sears would also be closing as part of a plan to close 142 stores nationwide. The store closed sometime in 2019 which left JCPenney, Macy's and Cinemark as the only anchors left.
- Cinemark (opened in 2009)
- J. C. Penney (opened in 1979)
- Macy's (opened in 1978 as Marshall Field's, converted to Macy's in 2006)
- Bergner-Weise (opened in 1979, converted to Carson's in 1987)
- Carson's (converted from Bergner-Weise in 1987, closed in August 2018, now vacant, might become Senior Services of Will County)
- Marshall Field's (opened in 1978, converted to Macy's in 2006)
- MC Sports (closed in 2017)
- Sears (opened in 1978, closed in 2019)
- Silver Cinemas (opened in 1984 as General Cinema Theaters with three screens, converted into Silver Cinemas in 1990, closed in July 2008)
- 507 Plainfield
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