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Victoria Mall is an enclosed shopping mall in Victoria, Texas. Opened in 1981, the mall is managed by Hull Storey Gibson.

Victoria Mall
LocationVictoria, Texas
Coordinates28°52′04″N 96°59′40″W / 28.86785°N 96.99437°W / 28.86785; -96.99437Coordinates: 28°52′04″N 96°59′40″W / 28.86785°N 96.99437°W / 28.86785; -96.99437
Address7802 N. Navarro St.
Opening date1981
ManagementHull Storey Gibson
No. of stores and services70+
No. of anchor tenants7
Total retail floor area678,996 square feet[1]
No. of floors1

HistoryEdit

Dillard's opened at the mall in 1981.[2] Other major tenants included O.G. Wilson, a catalog showroom chain owned by Zales,[3] Sears, and Bealls.[3] J.C. Penney moved into Victoria Mall from Town Plaza Mall in 1987.[4]

Zales sold the O.G. Wilson chain in 1986,[5] and the Victoria Mall location remained vacant until Dillard's opened an auxiliary store there in 1993.[6] The same year, F.W. Woolworth closed its store at the mall.[7]

Gap and sister chain Old Navy both joined the mall in 2000.[8] Three years later, Hull Storey Gibson (then known as just Hull Storey) purchased the property.[9] Further renovation in 2005 removed the food court, present since 1985, and relocated restaurants throughout the mall.[10] Best Buy also joined in 2006.[11] Jo-Ann Fabrics, which moved from an existing store in Victoria in 2000,[12] closed in 2007.[13]

Many inline tenants closed in the late 2000s, including Gap, Waldenbooks, f.y.e., Tuesday Morning, Old Navy and a sports bar.[14][15][16] These vacancies were countered in 2011 by the addition of Burke's Outlet and TJ Maxx.[17]

On October 15, 2018, it was announced that Sears would be closing as part of a plan to close 142 stores nationwide.[18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Victoria Mall". hullstoreygibson.com. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  2. ^ "Dillard's Chief Predicts Victoria Business Growth". The Victoria Advocate. 135 (315). March 18, 1981. p. 6A. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Groundbreaking Ceremonies Held: Retailers Join New Mall". The Victoria Advocate. 134 (192). November 17, 1979. p. 1A. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  4. ^ "Tickets Set for Opening of Penny's". The Victoria Advocate. 142 (6). May 13, 1987. p. 6A. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  5. ^ Crawford, Selwyn (January 7, 1986). "Zale Corp. Wants To Sell O.g. Wilson Retail Chain". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  6. ^ Mabray, D'Ann (July 1, 1993). "Dillard's announces expansion; other changes planned at mall". The Victoria Advocate. 148 (55). p. 1A. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  7. ^ Powell, Paul (October 16, 1993). "Victoria Woolworth to close". The Victoria Advocate. 148 (162). p. 1A. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  8. ^ Overton, Melony (August 17, 2000). "Victoria mall expecting year of new stories". The Victoria Advocate. 155 (102). p. 6B. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  9. ^ Doyle, Thomas (September 20, 2003). "Georgia-based firm plans improvements". The Victoria Advocate. 158 (136). p. 1A. Retrieved September 12, 2014.
  10. ^ Doyle, Thomas (June 2, 2005). "More changes coming to Victoria Mall". The Victoria Advocate. 160 (26). p. 5A. Retrieved September 12, 2014.
  11. ^ Doyle, Thomas (February 5, 2006). "Mall changes continue". The Victoria Advocate. 160 (273). p. 1C. Retrieved September 12, 2014.
  12. ^ Overton, Melony (November 16, 1999). "Fabric and crafts store moving, expanding". The Victoria Advocate. 154 (183). p. 9A. Retrieved September 12, 2014.
  13. ^ Miles, Allison (June 7, 2007). "Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts to close". The Victoria Advocate. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  14. ^ Ortega, J. R. (January 2, 2011). "Out with the Old Navy and in with ...? Victoria Mall faces changes". The Victoria Advocate. newsok.com. Retrieved September 12, 2014.
  15. ^ "Victoria Mall to boast two new attractions". The Victoria Advocate. October 4, 2011. Archived from the original on June 10, 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  16. ^ Ortega, J. R. (December 28, 2010). "Old Navy to close Victoria mall store". The Victoria Advocate. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  17. ^ "Victoria Mall gets new stores, planned renovation". The Victoria Advocate. July 30, 2011. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  18. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/10/15/sears-holdings-bankruptcy-store-closures/1645971002/

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