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West Ridge Mall
Coordinates 39°02′00″N 95°45′58″W / 39.03323°N 95.76619°W / 39.03323; -95.76619Coordinates: 39°02′00″N 95°45′58″W / 39.03323°N 95.76619°W / 39.03323; -95.76619
Address 1801 SW Wanamaker Road
Topeka, Kansas 66604
Opening date March 2, 1988; 33 years ago (March 2, 1988)
Management The Woodmont Company
No. of stores and services 125+
No. of anchor tenants 7 (4 open, 3 vacant)
Total retail floor area 992,000 square feet (92,160 m2)
No. of floors 2

West Ridge Mall is an enclosed shopping mall in Topeka, Kansas. The mall has three anchor stores: Dillard's, Furniture Mall of Kansas, and JCPenney. It is the third largest enclosed mall in the state of Kansas, behind Oak Park Mall in Overland Park and Towne East Square in Wichita.

History

The mall opened in 1988 under the development of Melvin Simon & Associates. Vanna White made a guest appearance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Original tenants included JCPenney, Dillard's, Sears, which closed in September 2018, and The Jones Store. Montgomery Ward would add a store in 1990. It also included a movie theater called the West Ridge 6, which had a Baskin-Robbins inside.

Montgomery Ward closed at the mall in 2001, due to their bankruptcy. Another original tenant, Old Country Buffet, closed in 2003, followed by the movie theater in 2005. The Montgomery Ward building was briefly used for an exhibit by the Kansas International Museum, and became Burlington Coat Factory in 2007 and closed in January 2018. Macy's acquired The Jones Store's parent company in 2006, thus returning Macy's to Topeka after the chain's downtown store closed in 1986. The Macy's closed in 2012. The former Macy's became Furniture Mall of Kansas in late 2013.

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