Louis Joliet Mall

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Louis Joliet Mall
LocationJoliet, Illinois, USA
Coordinates41°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
Address3340 Mall Loop Drive, Joliet, IL 60431
Opening dateAugust 2, 1978
DeveloperHomart Development Company
ManagementStarwood Capital Group
OwnerStarwood Capital Group
No. of stores and services99
No. of anchor tenants5 (3 open, 2 vacant)
Total retail floor area947,000 ft²
No. of floors1 (2 in Retail Anchors)
Websitehttps://www.shoppinglouisjolietmall.com/

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.[citation needed]

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.[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. 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.[1]

In September 1992, Best Buy, located outside the mall, opened for the first time. It is connected to Value City Furniture.

In 1994, A Super 8 Motel was built northeast of JCPenney. Three years later in 1997, Hampton Inn opened northwest of Super 8.

Linens 'n Things opened outside of the Mall in 1999 and closed in 2008 when the chain went bankrupt. It was replaced by Ashley Furniture in 2010.

In 2002, a Flagship Turk Furniture opened on the West Side.

Jefferson Square ultimately closed around 2002 and was demolished in 2004 for a Menards and Walmart, both of which opened in 2007.

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

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.[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.

H&M and Pandora opened in December 2014.[2]

In 2015, Sears Holdings spun off 235 of its properties, including the Sears at Louis Joliet Mall, into Seritage Growth Properties.[3]

On February 16, 2017, MC Sports announced that all 66 Stores would be closing. That same year, A Home2 Suites By Hilton Hotel was built outside of The Mall.

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.[4] On August 2, 2018, it was announced that the Senior Services of Will County might move into the former Bernger-Weise/Carson's space.[5]

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.[6]

Anchors[edit]

Former anchors[edit]

  • 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)

Bus route[edit]

Pace

  • 507 Plainfield

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