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Friday, January 9, 2015

Oak Park Mall- (Overland Park, KS)


Summary:

The Oak Park Mall is one of the best Malls in the Kansas City area, sitting over 1.5 Million square feet, this mall features 5 anchor stores and 2 junior anchors as well as several restaurants and stores around the property. When I think Oak Park, I think above and beyond, which is also the slogan for the city its in, Overland Park, Kansas. This is the second most populated city in the state of Kansas, one being Kansas City. The mall is located in Johnson County and is the primary shopping destination for many other suburbs around Kansas and Missouri like Shawnee, Leawood, and Mission, KS.

History:

Oak Park Mall opened in 1974 with Dillard's, Sears, JCPenney, and Norstrom as anchor stores and many more coming in the future such as Barnes & Noble, another Dillard's, American Girl, and Macy's.

The received a major renovation in 2011, including new food court access and layout. The first Microsoft Store in the area opened here in the former Talbot's. There was a Rainforest Cafe at the mall that opened in 1999, but recently closed and was divided up and most of the building was used for the American Girl store.

Here are pictures of the mall from July 2014:














One of the few Academy Sports in the city and the state is in Overland Park, KS.
















The carosel was gone for a long time, but returned in 2009.





















A FYE and a Radioshack next to each other makes for one hell of a picture in the future:)





This is a very nice mall in the very populated and active city of Overland Park. If anyone has any questions or comments, feel free to post below.

Thank you for reading.

1 comment:

  1. The Dillards (south I think--the larger bland building) was originally a St. Louis based Stix, Baer, and Fuller. The store is four stories and very similar in design to the four story store at the now closed Jamestown Mall in metro St. Louis (Florissant). I visited Oak Park Mall in April, and the fourth floor is closed off and the elevator says "employees only", so maybe the 4th floor is storage/employee lounge? This store is very dated, and quite different than the other Dillards in the mall. I am fascinated by four story anchors in suburban malls. Heck, even three story anchors aren't that common. Very cool Dillards though if you ever get to visit!

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