Powerplex STL facts for kids
St. Louis Outlet Mall (formerly St. Louis Mills) in Hazelwood, MO
|Location||Hazelwood, Missouri, United States|
|Opening date||November 2003|
|Owner||Namdar Realty Group|
|No. of stores and services||approx. 10|
|No. of anchor tenants||13|
|Total retail floor area||1,191,666 sq ft (110,709.4 m2)|
|Parking||5,000 free spaces|
|No. of floors||1|
Powerplex STL (stylized as POWERPlex STL), formerly St. Louis Mills and St. Louis Outlet Mall, is a shopping mall in Hazelwood, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Opened in 2003, the mall struggled with tenancy for many years and in 2020, began redevelopment into a mixed-use retail and sports property.
When it opened in November 2003, the mall had over 200 specialty shops and 8 anchor stores. It was a venture investment by developer and former owner Mills Corporation that offered many retail stores and entertainment attractions. In October 2012, Simon Property Group, into which Mills Corporation had merged, and it became a bank owned asset thus and was renamed to St. Louis Outlet Mall. As of 2019, there was a sale of the bank asset to new undisclosed owners. On May 24, 2019, Namdar Realty Group announced the closing of the mall and gave the tenants 30 days to vacate the building. The mall will be redeveloped into a sports complex called POWERplex STL.
Ice Zone (also styled iceZone) is a 1,200-seat indoor ice arena connected to the Northwest section of the mall. The arena is open to the public for skating, figure skating, and local youth, high school and adult hockey teams. It served as the official practice facility of the St. Louis Blues hockey team until relocating to the newly built Centene Community Ice Center. It offered free bleacher seating for fans during practice sessions.
The Ice Zone is also home to the Gateway Locomotives, a special needs hockey team.
The NASCAR Speedpark
The Speedpark included an indoor/outdoor go-kart race track and sometimes featured appearances by NASCAR drivers such as Kevin Harvick, having them meet with fans and sign autographs. NASCAR Speedpark closed in January 2014.
The ESPN Skate Park opened with the mall but in 2004, however the mall did not have the correct copyright agreement to use the ESPN name with the park which led it to be renamed the "St. Louis Mills Skate Park" in late 2005. The park then closed in early 2006 and remained closed until 2007 when a new sponsor named Woodward announced that they would take ownership. Plans for that then fell through in mid-2007 and the park continued to stay closed until it was re-opened with a new sponsor as "Plan Nine" in 2009. The Park closed once again in 2015.
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