Across Lake Mendota from its brother, East Towne, an hour and a half from Milwaukee, West Towne Mall is the second mall in Madison County. Currently anchored by:
and Dick's Sporting Goods.
West Towne Mall was the first mall in the Madison area to open October 15, 1970. Original anchors included Sears, H.C. Pranges, JCPenney, and Manchester's, which was a local Wisconsin chain that had five other locations, this being the sixth and largest.
When the mall opened, only 28 stores filled the mall with Sears and JCPenney, the other two anchor stores would follow later; when complete, the mall would span over 915,000 square feet.
Many fountains, sunken lounges, and hand-made sculptures were removed in the late 80's during an extensive remodel of the facility.
The mall was then remodeled in 2003 as East Towne and a Dicks Sporting Goods was added in October 2004 where the original Prange's, then Boston Store stood.
Here is what the mall looked like in August 2012, there are not many pictures featureing what the mall looks like, just somes stores I was interested in at the time, stores that seemed endangered.
|View of the mall from RT-12 (West Beltline Hwy.)|
|Former JCPenney Auto Center|