Westminster Mall (Colorado)

Westminster Mall

Northeast entrance to Westminster Mall.

Location
Westminster, Colorado, United States

Address
5433 W. 88th Avenue

Opening date
1977/1986

Closing date
2011

Management
MD Management, Inc.

No. of stores and services
187

No. of anchor tenants
6 (1 currently open)

Total retail floor area
1,200,000 sq ft (110,000 m2)

No. of floors
1

Westminster Mall was an enclosed shopping mall in Westminster, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, Colorado, United States. Opened in 1977, the mall featured two anchor stores (J.C. Penney and Sears), with four vacant anchors last occupied by Dillard’s, Montgomery Ward, Mervyn’s and Macy’s. The mall also included a food court and formerly included a movie theater. It is also a dead mall, having closed in 2011.
History[edit]
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, making the mall a 75 store mall.[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

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