Westroads Mall

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Westroads Mall Omaha
Location Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Coordinates 41°15′59″N 96°4′6″W / 41.26639°N 96.06833°W / 41.26639; -96.06833Coordinates: 41°15′59″N 96°4′6″W / 41.26639°N 96.06833°W / 41.26639; -96.06833
Opening date August 1, 1968[1]
Developer John Wiebe[1]
Management General Growth Properties[2]
Owner General Growth Properties (51%), Ivanhoe Cambridge (49%)
No. of stores and services 135[3]
No. of anchor tenants 4[3]
Total retail floor area 1,200,000 sq ft (110,000 m2)[4]
No. of floors 3 of retail[3]
Parking 5,106
Website westroadsmall.com

Westroads Mall is an enclosed shopping mall with over 100 stores located in Omaha, Nebraska at the intersection of 100th and Dodge Streets (U.S. Route 6). It is the largest mall in the state of Nebraska,[5] with 14.5 million customer visits annually.[3]

History[edit]

Designed by real estate developer John Wiebe, Westroads cost $25 million to build, including $15 million for store inventories & fixtures. It was officially dedicated on August 1, 1968. The fully enclosed mall originally housed 68 tenants, later expanding to approximately 120 at the end of its first full year. During the mall's early years, it was home to a chapel as well as a heliport on the roof. Original inline stores included Bishops Cafeteria, Doktor Pet Center, Orange Julius, United Sporting Goods and a J.G. McCrory 5 and 10.

The original shopping complex was divided into themed concourses, such as The Boston Mall, Central Park Mall, Italia Mall and Alpine Mall. In 1973, the basement level was remodeled into Bicentennial Square, a mall within a mall. It included the Westroads Dinner Theatre and several Colonial-motif tenants. The Grand Cafe Food Court was installed in a shuttered sporting goods store, on the mall's Main Level, This culinary complex opened for business in May 1991.

Prudential Insurance Co. purchased the mall from Wiebe for $45 Million in 1977. In 1997, General Growth Properties bought the mall from Prudential. The mall was owned by both General Growth Properties[1] (51% share) and Canadian property development company Ivanhoe Cambridge (49% share);[6] it was managed by General Growth Properties on behalf of the venture. GGP bought the 49% that it didn't previously own on April 5, 2012.[7]

The mall has been renovated several times: in 1990, 1995, 1999 and 2003. Currently the mall is undergoing an extensive renovation (2013-2014). Westroads is Nebraska's largest shopping mall[3] with a gross leasable area of 1.2 million square feet.[4]

The lower level is a Forever 21 Super Store which opened in December 2012. The lower level formerly housed a family entertainment center, Tilt, complete with an arcade and indoor miniature golf course.

Movie theaters[edit]

Rave Motion Pictures at Westroads Mall.

The first theater in the mall, the Fox Westroads, opened in November 1967. Originally a single screen theater, it was converted to the dual screen Fox Twin in 1976. It is now closed.[8] The mall was also home to a small multiplex called the AMC WestSix, which showed its first features in January 1969. It was merged with the Fox Twin in 1983, with the combined venues going as the AMC Westroads 8 until December 1997 when AMC opened the Oak View Plaza 24 Theaters near Oak View Mall. However, in November 2008 a new 14 screen multiplex operated by AMC Theatres, previously Rave Motion Pictures opened in the site of the former Younkers.[9]

Shooting[edit]

On December 5, 2007, a man later identified as Robert A. Hawkins entered the Von Maur anchor store with a rifle and began firing. One report indicated that at least 25 rounds had been fired. Nine people were killed, including the gunman, and four others were injured, all within Von Maur. Westroads security responded quickly and safely.[10][11] The mall reopened on December 8, 2007, while anchor store Von Maur reopened December 20, 2007.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Westroads Mall a landmark in Omaha". Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
  2. ^ "Westroads Mall - About Us". Archived from the original on 2007-12-02. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Westroads Mall facts" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-12-09. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
  5. ^ Friedberg, Ardy; Davey, Monica (December 6, 2007). "Details of Omaha Shooting Emerge". New York Times. Retrieved Dec 6, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Ivanhoe Cambridge - Investments - North America". Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  7. ^ "United States Securities and Exchange Commission Form 10-K". Retrieved May 23, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Fox Westroads in Omaha, NE - Cinema Treasures". cinematreasures.org. 
  9. ^ Keenan, J. "Movie theater coming to Westroads", Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 12/14/07.
  10. ^ "Westroads Mall Shooting 2007-12-05". Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  11. ^ "Man opens fire at Omaha Mall, Killing 8". The San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2007-12-08. Retrieved 2007-12-05.