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East Hills Mall
Location St. Joseph, Missouri, United States
Coordinates 39°46′28″N 94°48′02″W / 39.77452°N 94.80059°W / 39.77452; -94.80059
Opening date 1965
Developer Sherman Dreiseszun
Owner MD Management
No. of stores and services 50+
No. of anchor tenants 4 (2 open, 2 vacant)
Total retail floor area 611,630 sq ft (56,822 m2)
No. of floors 1

East Hills Mall is an enclosed shopping mall in St. Joseph, Missouri, US. Opened in 1965, the mall currently features J. C. Penney and Dillard's as its anchor stores.


East Hills Mall was built by Sherman Dreiseszun in 1965 as one of the first malls in the Midwestern United States. Original tenants included Montgomery Ward, J. C. Penney, Safeway Inc., Katz Drug, Woolworth's, and Hirsch Brothers department store. The mall was expanded in 1988, and Dillard's and Sears were added then.

Throughout the 1990s East Hills lost many tenants, including Woolworth's, Sunglass Hut, A&W, and Osco Drug (formerly Katz Drug). Montgomery Ward closed in 2001, when that retail chain declared bankruptcy. By 2005 a locally owned furniture retailer located in that space, and later closed. From 2005 to 2008, Gadzooks, Famous Footwear, Waldenbooks, Lerner New York, Lane Bryant, f.y.e., and Coach House Gifts (a Hallmark retailer) were other tenants to leave East Hills. The mall was renovated extensively throughout 2008 and 2009 with the addition of a food court, and in 2011 Gordmans opened in the former Montgomery Ward space. From 2012 on many other new tenants were announced and opened, including Christopher & Banks, Charlotte Russe, Justice, and Victoria's Secret. Off Broadway Shoes (in precisely the former location of Osco Drug), Charming Charlie, The Children's Place, and Spencer Gifts were also new tenants recruited to East Hills.

In 2014, East Hills Mall gained unexpected attention for a back-to-school ad that went viral on the Internet due to its perceived poor quality.

Later in 2015, Party City opened on the north side of the mall next to J. C. Penney. In May 2017, one of the anchor retailers, Sears, permanently closed its doors. In August 2020, Gordmans permanently closed its doors as well.

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