Louis Joliet Mall

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Louis Joliet Mall
Location Joliet, Illinois, USA
Coordinates 41°34′35″N 88°09′56″W / 41.5763°N 88.1655°W / 41.5763; -88.1655Coordinates: 41°34′35″N 88°09′56″W / 41.5763°N 88.1655°W / 41.5763; -88.1655
Address 3340 Mall Loop Drive, Joliet, IL 60431
Opening date August 2, 1978
Developer Homart Development Company
Management CBL & Associates Properties
Owner Starwood Capital Group
No. of stores and services 100
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 947,000 ft²
No. of floors 1, the dept stores have 2 each
Website https://www.shoppinglouisjolietmall.com/

Louis Joliet Mall, formerly known as Westfield Louis Joliet Mall, is a shopping mall in Joliet, Illinois. It is located at 1118 Mall Loop Drive, Joliet. Its four anchor stores are Carson's, JCPenney, Macy's (formerly Marshall Field's) and Sears. 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.

Louis Joliet is a one-level mall with Macy's and JCPenney at one end and Carson's and Sears at other end. There is a food court off the main corridor in the center of the mall.[citation needed]

The 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 has been renamed Carson's in the early to mid 2010's.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

The Marshall Field's store was officially renamed Macy's on September 9, 2006.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

The mall itself (not including anchor stores) is one floor and contains a variety of shops, stands, and food shops.[citation needed]

The mall also features a small play-area for children with seating for parents and a 14-screen Cinemark movie theater that opened in 2009, replacing Silver Cinema's theater.[citation needed]

Anchor stores[edit]

  • Carson's (Opened 1979 as Bergner-Weise, converted to Carson's in 1987)
  • JCPenney (opened 1979)
  • Macy's (opened 1978 as Marshall Field's, converted to Macy's in 2006)
  • Sears (opened 1978, original anchor)

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