Northwoods Mall (Illinois)

Northwoods Mall is a shopping mall in Peoria, Illinois. The mall opened in 1973. It is situated at the corner of Scenic Drive and U.S. Route 150 (West War Memorial Drive). The anchor stores are JCPenney, Round 1 Entertainment, and The RoomPlace. There is 1 vacant anchor store that was once Sears.

Northwoods Mall
Northwoods and adjacent I-74/U.S. 150 interchange, 1974
LocationPeoria, Illinois, United States
Coordinates40°44′27″N 89°37′45″W / 40.74083°N 89.62917°W / 40.74083; -89.62917
Address2200 W. War Memorial Dr. (formerly 4501 N. War Memorial Dr.)
Opening date1973
DeveloperHarold Carlson[1]
OwnerKohan Retail Investment Group
No. of stores and services90
No. of anchor tenants4 (2 open, 2 vacant)
Total retail floor area694,000 sq ft (64,500 m2)[2]
No. of floors2
Parking3,009 spaces
Public transit accessGreater Peoria Mass Transit District
WebsiteOfficial website

History Edit

Northwoods Mall opened in 1973[2] and was designed by architects Sidney H. Morris & Associates of Chicago, with Harold Carson Associates as the manager. The original anchor stores upon opening were Montgomery Ward, Carson Pirie Scott (shortened later to Carson's), and JCPenney. Original tenants included Helzberg Diamonds, B. Dalton, Claire's, GNC, a Fannie May candy shop, a bank, Brown's Sporting Goods, and several restaurants.[3]

The mall was sold to Simon Property Group in 1983.[3] Carson's closed that same year and was replaced two years later by Famous-Barr.[4] Also in 1983, a botulism outbreak at the mall's Skewer Inn restaurant affected 28 customers.[3]

Montgomery Ward closed its store in the mall in 1997,[5] and Sears occupied its space a year later.[6][3] A 2005 renovation added a food court.[7] The Famous-Barr store was re-branded as Macy's in 2006.[8] On January 7, 2016, it was announced that Macy's would close in March 2016 as part of a plan to close 40 stores nationwide. In 2017, Round 1 Entertainment moved into part of the vacant Macy's store on the 1st floor which opened on November 18, 2017. In 2018, it was announced that The RoomPlace would move into the rest of the half vacant Macy's store on the 2nd floor which opened on May 11, 2018.[9]

On November 7, 2019, it was announced that Sears would close in February 2020 as part of a plan to close 96 stores nationwide.[10] After Sears closed, JCPenney became the only remaining traditional anchor store left. Sears closed on February 16, 2020. In 2020, Spirit Halloween served as a temporary anchor store in the former Sears. On March 22, 2023, it was announced that Round1 would be closing in May 2023.[11]

References Edit

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  2. ^ a b "Norwoods Mall : Home PAge" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  3. ^ a b c d "40 years of Northwoods Mall". The Peoria Chronicle. July 8, 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Retailing". 1984-10-31. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  5. ^ " | Archive". 1997-09-05. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  6. ^ " | Archive". 1997-09-12. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  7. ^ "DailyDigest". Archived from the original on 2015-03-29. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  8. ^ "Merger brings Macy's to Peoria, Ill". Archived from the original on 2015-03-29. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  9. ^ "The RoomPlace® celebrates the Grand Opening of 26th store in Peoria, Ill".
  10. ^ Tyko, Kelly; Bomey, Nathan (November 7, 2019). "Sears and Kmart store closings: 51 Sears, 45 Kmart locations to shutter. See the list". USA Today. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  11. ^ "Round1 closing in Northwoods Mall in Peoria". Central Illinois Proud. March 22, 2023. Retrieved March 27, 2023.

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