Towne East Square facts for kids
|Address||7700 East Kellogg Drive
Wichita, Kansas 67207
|Opening date||August 14, 1975|
|Developer||Melvin Simon & Associates|
|Management||Simon Property Group|
|Owner||Simon Property Group|
|No. of stores and services||122|
|No. of anchor tenants||5 (4 open, 1 vacant)|
|Total retail floor area||1,145,360 sq ft (106,407 m2)|
|No. of floors||2|
Towne East Square is an enclosed, two-story shopping mall located in the eastern section of Wichita, Kansas United States. It has 122 stores and restaurants in 1,145,360 square feet (106,407.4 m2) of gross leasable area. Dillard's, JCPenney, and Von Maur (opened in 2002 on the site of original anchor Henry's, which closed in 1992 and demolished in 2000), and Round One Entertainment are the mall's anchor stores. In Summer 2019, a Round 1 Entertainment complex is expected to be in the former J.M. McDonald/Service Merchandise/Stein Mart/Steve & Barry's/New Mattress Hub/Wright Career College/Glow Golf space. It was later confirmed that the Round One Entertainment Complex was slated to open in 2020. It was intended to open on July 1, 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the store officially opened on July 18, 2020. On December 28, 2018, it was announced that Sears would be closing as part of a plan to close 80 stores nationwide. The store closed in March 2019.
The area around the mall was changed heavily in recent years as several businesses and hotels were demolished for the expansion and addition of a flyover on Highways 54/400 (Locally signed Kellogg). Simon has purchased much of the vacated land for redevelopment.
1970s, Planning, and Opening
The mall was first planned in 1972 as Kellogg Mall, but was later changed into Towne East Square, Construction began in 1973, and officially opened On August 14, 1975 and was the first large, modern, multi-level enclosed mall in Wichita. The original Anchors were JCPenney, Dillard's, Henry's, Sears, and J.M. McDonald.
J.M. McDonald Liquidated in 1983 as Part of Parent company Wickles filing for Bankruptcy, and was replaced by Service Merchandise around the Mid-80s.
1990s, Closure of Henry's and Service Merchandise, Opening of Stein Mart
In 1992, Henry's closed, and sat abandoned for a While. It stayed abandoned until 2000, when It was demolished for Von Maur, which would later open in 2002. Meanwhile, Service Merchandise closed in 1998 due to low sales, and was Taken Up by Stein Mart in 1999.
2000s, Big Changes
Stein Mart Had financial troubles, and closed in 2002. The store was later Bought by Steve & Barry's around the Mid 2000s, and Liquidated in Late 2008, following Steve and Barry's Bankruptcy. In Late 2008, Towne East Square received a Renovation to give it a More of a Upscale Look, Including Escalator Movements. In Summer of 2009, Mattress Hub expanded their store at the Mall into the Former Steve and Barry's space, and Moved in Mid-2010 for Wright Career College that opened in 2011.
Wright Career College Later went bankrupt on April 16, 2016, and Glow Golf Later replaced Wright Career College on April 29, 2017 after moving from Reflection Ridge Plaza at the west side of Wichita. In 2018, Sears announced they would be closing 80 stores, including this one, which would Close in March 2019. Glow Golf Wichita then announced on Facebook that they would Be Closing due to Mall Management forcing Glow Golf to close due to Lack of advertising. Round1 later took up the Space on July 18, 2020.
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