White Oaks Mall (Springfield, Illinois)

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White Oaks Mall
Location Springfield, Illinois
Coordinates 39°46′02″N 89°42′13″W / 39.76723°N 89.70358°W / 39.76723; -89.70358Coordinates: 39°46′02″N 89°42′13″W / 39.76723°N 89.70358°W / 39.76723; -89.70358
Opening date 1977
Owner Simon Property Group (80.7%)
No. of stores and services 115
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 912,000 sq. ft
No. of floors 2
Website simon.com/mall/white-oaks-mall

White Oaks Mall is a shopping center in Springfield, Illinois, United States. It is located at the junction of Illinois Route 4 (Veterans Parkway) and Wabash Avenue. With 912,000 square feet (84,700 m2) of retail space, it is the largest enclosed shopping center in Central Illinois.[1]

The mall is located on the southwest side of Springfield, approximately five miles (8 km) southwest of the traditional city center. Construction started in 1974[2] and opened in 1977.[3][4] In the early 1990s, it underwent a $14 million renovation which included the addition of a new food court.[5] A carousel was installed in 1997.

White Oaks Mall houses 115 stores as of 2009. Its operator, the Simon Property Group, which owns 80.7% of the mall, describes White Oaks Mall as a "super-regional shopping mall".[3] The mall shares its name with the White Oak, the state tree of the U.S. state of Illinois.

The original planned name of the mall was Westroads Mall. Ed McMahon and Billy Carter attended the grand opening held on August 24, 1977.[4][6]

White Oaks Mall has a children's play area. Children's Place and Carter's specialize in juvenile clothing.[2]


An original anchor, Montgomery Ward, ceased operations in 2001. The former anchor space was split among Dick's Sporting Goods, Cost Plus World Market, and Linens 'n Things. After the latter two closed in 2008, the Linens 'n Things space became hhgregg,[7] while the Cost Plus became LA Fitness.


  1. ^ "Springfield: Shopping". Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  2. ^ a b White Oaks Mall. OutletStoresMalls.com. Retrieved: 9 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b "White Oaks Mall: Springfield, IL". Simon Property Group. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  4. ^ a b "White Oaks Mall (1993)". SpringfieldRewind.com. December 11, 2007. Retrieved November 9, 2009. 
  5. ^ Bill Ward (October 17, 1993). "White Oaks Mall a travel adventure: Just when you think you've shopped it all... whoomp, there it is!". Herald & Review (Decatur, Illinois). Retrieved November 9, 2009. 
  6. ^ "History of White Oaks Mall". The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Illinois). February 1, 2009. Retrieved November 9, 2009. 
  7. ^ http://www.sj-r.com/x1782335952/New-electronics-store-opens-in-White-Oaks-mall

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