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    Reisterstown Road Plaza

    Reisterstown Road Plaza opened in 1962 as an open-air shopping center. It was anchored by Stewarts (a now defunt department store) Hechts and Food Fair. It was the largest regional shopping center in Maryland at one time (boasting 700,000 square feet.) The total mall cost came to be $20,000,000. In 1975, the mall was enclosed. [...]

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    Southwest Plaza Mall

    Southwest Plaza was a beacon of new age in the 80s. Originally planned as an outdoor strip mall, SW Plaza was soon changed into an indoor shopping center, consisting of 5 anchors (Joslins (Now Dillards), Montgomery Wards, Sears and J.C. Penney’s, over 150 stores, and both above and underground parking. In the times of Cinderella [...]

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    Southdale Center Edina, MN

    Much has been written about Southdale Center, the metro-Minneapolis mall that started the trend in America toward large, regional, enclosed shopping centers. Although there were suburban shopping plazas -and even a few shopping malls- when Southdale opened in October of 1956, these were all open-air affairs. Southdale Center Mall was the first in the nation [...]

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    Tri County Mall

    Tri-County Mall is located in the northern Cincinnati suburb of Springdale, at the interchange of Ohio Route 747 and Interstate 275. It was the first regional shopping mall to be built in Metro-Cincinnati. The center was proposed in 1956 by Jeffrey Lazarus, who headed the Cincinnati-based Shillito’s department store chain. Ground was broken for the [...]

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    Lakewood Center Mall

    Southern California’s first open-air shopping mall opened in 1952. The center was built in the post-WW II boomtown of Lakewood, California, which made the transition from lima bean fields to a major, big city suburb in less than ten years. To make living in Lakewood more convenient, LAKEWOOD CENTER was built. The mall sits on [...]

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    Northgate Mall

    Seattle’s Northgate Mall holds the distinction of being America’s first quote/unquote “shopping mall”. When construction of the center began in the late 1940′s, there already were three post-World War II, suburban-style shopping centers in the United States (these were located in Hollywood, Beverly, Massachusetts and Columbus, Ohio). However, Northgate Mall was the first to be [...]

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    Lakewood Towne Center

    Lakewood, WA is a suburban city situated between Tacoma and the Fort Lewis army base in Western Washington. In 1958 a shopping center called Villa Plaza opened there. It was an outdoor mall anchored by a Liberty House department store, JC Penney, a bowling alley and many other specialty stores (DJC). Having grown up in [...]