Mounds Mall facts for kids
An entrance to Mounds Mall, one month before the mall's closure in 2018.
|Location||Anderson, Indiana, United States|
|Opening date||1964 (Montgomery Ward and Wasson's) 1965 (Entire Mall Complex)|
|Closing date||April 1, 2018|
|Developer||Melvin Simon & Associates|
|No. of stores and services||approx. 30|
|No. of anchor tenants||4|
|Total retail floor area||300,000 sq ft (28,000 m2)|
|No. of floors||1|
Mounds Mall is a defunct enclosed shopping mall located in the city of Anderson, Indiana, United States. Opened in stages between 1964 and 1965, it was the first enclosed mall developed by Simon Property Group. The mall's original anchor stores were H. P. Wasson and Company, Montgomery Ward, and J. C. Penney; over time, the Wasson store became Meis, Elder-Beerman, and Carson's, while Montgomery Ward became Sears and J. C. Penney became a movie theater. After a period of decline, Mounds Mall closed to the public in April 2018.
Mounds Mall was developed by Melvin Simon & Associates (now Simon Property Group), opening in 1965 as the company's first mall and the second mall in Indiana (Evansville's fully enclosed Washington Square began business in October 1963).
The mall officially opened in April 1965, although anchor stores Montgomery Ward and H. P. Wasson and Company had opened the previous November. Original tenants included Zales, Kroger, Woolworth, and Jo-Ann Fabrics.
Montgomery Ward closed and became Sears in 1983. Also in the 1980s, the Wasson store became Meis, then Elder-Beerman, and finally Carson's in 2011. In 2012, the Sears closed as a result of low sales of the 2011 holiday season. On January 31, 2018, The Bon-Ton announced that Carson's would be closing as part of a plan to close 42 stores nationwide. The store Closed in April 2018. Shortly later, it was announced that the whole mall would close along with the Carson's. The mall closed on April 1, 2018.
- Anderson: A Pictorial History by Esther Dittlinger
- Indianapolis: Hoosiers' Circle City by George W. Geib, copyright 1981. page 208
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