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Salem Center (Oregon)
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Mall entrance
Location Salem, Oregon, United States
Coordinates 44°56′35″N 123°02′10″W / 44.943°N 123.036°W / 44.943; -123.036Coordinates: 44°56′35″N 123°02′10″W / 44.943°N 123.036°W / 44.943; -123.036
Opening date 1979
Management Jones Lang Lasalle
No. of stores and services 80
No. of anchor tenants 4 (2 open, 2 vacant)
Total retail floor area 650,000 square feet (60,000 m2)
(GLA)
Parking 5,200
No. of floors 2 (3 in former JCPenney, 4 in Macy's)

Salem Center is a multi-building, enclosed shopping center in downtown Salem, Oregon, United States. Located on both sides of Center Street between High and Liberty streets, the mall has 80 stores and a food court. Opened in 1979, the mall has three anchor stores with 650,000 square feet (60,000 m2) of gross leasable space located on and two floors. The anchors are: Kohl's and Macy's with two vacant anchors last occupied by JCPenney and Nordstrom. The mall also features five sky bridges, one of which connects Macy's to the mall, another connects the mall to an adjacent city-owned parking garage, with another connecting the former JCPenney to the mall, in addition to connecting the two mall buildings across Center Street. Salem Center is managed by Jones Lang Lasalle.

Early history

Salem Center's roots can be traced back to 1955, when Meier & Frank opened a two-level department store and parking garage, which was the first branch location in the chain. JCPenney also opened a two-level store nearby in 1965. While those two stores were originally designed as freestanding buildings, they eventually became integrated into the later mall development as anchor stores, and were connected to the mall via skybridges.

Mall development history

Construction began on the new shopping center in 1978. Salem Center then opened in 1979, and was remodeled in 1988 and again in 1995. Until approximately 2004 the mall was known as Salem Centre. The Kohl's location was previously a Mervyns store until 2007, while Macy's location is a converted Meier & Frank with the name change in 2006. The mall launched a service in January 2008 that allowed people to search all products offered by the mall's stores, claiming to be the first mall in Oregon to have such a service. In 2009, the center started an annual tradition of having a Lego menorah built and lighted to celebrate Hanukkah.

On January 31, 2018, it was announced that Nordstrom would be closing in April 2018.

On June 4, 2020, JCPenney announced that this location would also be closing on October 18, 2020 as part of a plan to close 154 stores nationwide which left Kohl's and Macy's as the only anchors left.

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