kids encyclopedia robot

Rogers Plaza facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Rogers Plaza
Location Wyoming, Michigan, U.S.
Coordinates 42°54′44″N 85°41′26″W / 42.9123°N 85.6906°W / 42.9123; -85.6906
Address 972 28th Street Southwest
Opening date August 3, 1961 (opened 61 years ago)
Developer Pioneer Shopping Centers, Inc.
Owner Sun Valley Ltd.
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area 365,572 square feet (34,000 m2)
No. of floors 1

Rogers Plaza is an enclosed shopping mall in Wyoming, Michigan, a suburb of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Opened in 1961, it was the first shopping mall in Western Michigan. The center features Planet Fitness, Citi Trends, and OfficeMax among its major stores.


Built in 1960, the mall originally included S. S. Kresge and W. T. Grant variety stores, Kroger and A&P supermarkets, Cunningham Drug, and Montgomery Ward. An adjacent development, Southland Plaza (now Wyoming Village Mall), opened one year later with a Wurzburg's department store. Mall developers were initially unsuccessful in attracting a department store for the eastern anchor, but by 1971, a Turn Style discount store had opened on the east end. This store was the subject of a lawsuit from Kresge. Into the late 1980s, the Stannard's Music store was one of the first stores in the area to introduce the public to the MIDI, giving seminars on the capability of the device.

By the 1990s, the mall was having difficulty attracting business. In 1990, the mall's east anchor had become Best Products and in 1990 and 1991, the mall held a "Haunted Hotel" event, sponsored by Easter Seals, near Halloween. In 1991, a fire in the Best store resulted in three people hospitalized for smoke inhalation. In 1994, Office Max became a tenant replacing Bargain Books, with the bookstore moving into a smaller space. while Gantos, a boutique, closed. In 1998, a United States Postal Service store opened in the center of the mall. Rogers Plaza had a total of 30 retail stores in 1999 with the mall "filling up fast", with the former space used by Best being filled. However, much of the mall's business was taken by the newly opened Rivertown Crossings Mall in Grandville.

Into the 2000s, Ward's closed in December 2000 with 140 employees losing their jobs while the mall was sold in May 2000 to a new owner. In 2001 and 2002, the mall underwent a 14-month renovation project. As part of the renovation, the vacated Montgomery Ward was demolished for a Family Fare supermarket and AJ Wright discount store. AJ Wright closed in February 2011 and became CW Price in August of the same year.

The mall was purchased by Sun Valley Ltd. in June 2012. At the time, other major tenants included Big Lots, Harbor Freight Tools, Citi Trends, and OfficeMax.

In June 2019, Family Fare was closed down and the space is going to be auctioned off.

Black History Month on Kiddle
Famous African-American Scientists:
Percy Lavon Julian
Katherine Johnson
George Washington Carver
Annie Easley
kids search engine
Rogers Plaza Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.