Westminster Mall (Colorado)

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Westminster Mall
Westminster Mall, Colorado, NE entrance.jpg
Northeast entrance to Westminster Mall.
LocationWestminster, Colorado, United States
Address5433 W. 88th Avenue
Opening date1977/1986
Closing date2011
ManagementMD Management, Inc.
No. of stores and services187
No. of anchor tenants6 (1 remaining)
Total retail floor area1,200,000 sq ft (110,000 m2)
No. of floors1

Westminster Mall was an enclosed shopping mall in Westminster, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, Colorado, United States. Opened in 1977, the mall featured one anchor store (JCPenney). Former anchors were Dillard's, Montgomery Ward, Mervyn's, Sears, and Macy's. The mall also included a food court and formerly included a movie theater. It was also a dead mall, having closed in 2011.


Westminster Mall opened in 1977 with Joslin's and thirty other stores. In 1980, they added the hallway that connected to the soon-to-be May D&F store, thus increasing the stores to 75.[1] A 1986 expansion added May D&F, Mervyn's, and Broadway Southwest, and 112 more stores and a modern food court, followed by J.C. Penney in 1987 and Wards in 1996. The expansions brought the mall to 1,200,000 square feet (110,000 m2) of gross leasable area (GLA), making it one of the largest in the Denver metropolitan area,[2] as well as the only one with six department stores.[3]

May D&F was converted to Foley's in 1993.[4] Two years after a 1996 remodel of the store,[5] Joslin's was converted to Dillard's, which also acquired land around the mall.[6] Broadway Southwest was the last store in its chain to close, doing so in 1996[7] and soon being replaced by Sears, which relocated from Northglenn Mall.[8] In September 2006, Foley's was re-branded as Macy's.

Between 1997 and 2009, the mall would lose three of its six department stores as well as major tenant Fashion Bar, which closed in 1997.[9] Wards closed in 2001 with the demise of the chain,[10] followed by Mervyn's closing in 2005. Mervyn's departed from the Colorado market in 2006.[2] Macy's closed in early 2009.[11] With the loss of these anchor stores, the mall has also become increasingly vacant, and is only half occupied as of 2009.[2] In June 2009, the mall's owners purchased the vacant Mervyn's as part of a redevelopment plan.[2]

As of May 2011, the City of Westminster is reported to have purchased the mall for redevelopment.[12] Plans called for the 34-year-old mall to be demolished by the end of the year with hopes that the anchor stores would remain open.[13] On May 13, 2011, Dillard's reported that it would close its location at the mall during its second quarter of business in 2011.[14] Demolition of the mall began on June 23, 2011, starting off with the demolition of Macy's.[15]

On January 20, 2012, it was announced that Sears would also be closing in June 2012 as part of a plan to close 81 stores nationwide which left JCPenney as the only anchor left. On January 24, 2012, it was further confirmed that the City of Westminster planned to condemn the Sears store via eminent domain.[16]

By the spring of 2012, three anchors, Macy's, Mervyn's, and Montgomery Ward, two restaurants, Trail Dust Steakhouse and Steak & Ale, the cinema and remaining mall corridor had been demolished. The demolition of Dillard's began that spring.[17] The demolition of Sears started in August 2012.

Plans for the former Westminster Mall location were revealed August 27, 2013. Westminster’s plans for a new downtown on the site of the former Westminster Mall took another step forward during an Aug. 26 presentation that outlined a development that includes multi-story office and residential buildings, unique public spaces and vibrant shopping areas.

The master plan will provide a framework and vision for the new downtown as development occurs over the next 20–30 years. Key components of the plan include allowed land uses, public parks and plazas, multi-modal circulation and access to transit, urban design, development flexibility, and taking advantage of the fabulous views the site has of the Front Range.[18]


  1. ^ Parker, Penny (1994-11-03). "May D&F to take Foley's name as merger kills downtown store". Denver Post. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
  2. ^ a b c d Moore, Paula (2009-06-05). "Westminster Mall buys its Mervyns". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
  3. ^ Rebchook, John (1993-10-26). "Westminster Mall developer dies". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
  4. ^ Walker, Linda (1993-01-29). "May D&F to take Foley's name as merger kills downtown store". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
  5. ^ "Joslins plans reopening at Westminster Mall". Rocky Mountain News. 1996-04-12. Archived from the original on 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
  6. ^ Parker, Penny (1998-05-21). "Dillard's inherits part of Westminster Mall". Denver Post. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
  7. ^ Conklin, Michelle (1996-03-01). "Broadway Southwest departs Denver". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
  8. ^ Brimberg, Judith (1995-08-05). "Sears confirms it will leave Northglenn". Denver Post. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
  9. ^ Bunn, Dina (1997-01-31). "Fashion Bar ends 60-year run". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
  10. ^ Pate, Kelly (2000-12-29). "Montgomery Ward's closure affects eight locations in Colorado". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
  11. ^ McGaw, Renee (2009-01-08). "Macy's closing Westminster, Citadel stores". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
  12. ^ Huspeni, Dennis (2011-05-09). "Westminster Mall deal to close May 10". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  13. ^ Davidson, Michael (2011-05-03). "Westminster will raze mall, rebuild". Boulder County Business Report. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  14. ^ Bull, Julie J. (2011-05-13). "Dillard's, Inc. Reports Record First Quarter Net Income and Earnings per Share". Business Wire. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  15. ^ Steffen, Jordan (2011-07-24). "First day of Westminster Mall's demolition kicks up dust, nostalgia Read more: First day of Westminster Mall's demolition kicks up dust, nostalgia". Denver Post. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  16. ^ Pankratz, Howard. "City development authority authorizes purchase of Sears property at Westminster Mall". Denver Post.
  17. ^ Denver Post http://yourhub.denverpost.com/arvada/dillard-s-falls-at-old-westy-mall/7Pn4b1qcAj8EUuNOdDsgrK-story?source=DPWidget. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ Westminster Center http://www.westminstercenter.us/News/tabid/1300/Article/1469/plans-unveiled-for-new-downtown-on-former-mall-site.aspx

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Coordinates: 39°51′32″N 105°03′36″W / 39.859°N 105.060°W / 39.859; -105.060