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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Greenwood Park Mall - [(Greenwood, Indiana) FINALLY]


          Welcome to the Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, Indiana, this has been anticipated so long, every time I go to Indy, I never make it to this mall, before it closes for the night, I made it this time! Minutes to spare, that is why it is dark, and empty, go on a weekday in the afternoon, and it will be busy as hell!

          I posted this mall last year, just the sign, and under it "post coming soon", well, soon is now, this is the Greenwood Park Mall.



A major renovation took care of the former L.S. Aryes store by demolishing it, in favor of a lifestyle wing that included Barnes and Noble.



          Greenwood Park Mall's current anchor stores are JCPenney, JCPenney Home Store, Sears, Macy's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Barnes and Noble, and Von Maur. There is a lot to do here, and much more inside.

          The Mall opened as Greenwood shopping center in 1966 with original anchor stores JCPenney, Sears, L.S. Aryes, and possibly Lazarus, but I am not fully sure. By 1977, Melvin Simon & Asso., now know as Simon, purchased the mall and by 1980, changed the name to Greenwood Park.


Dick's Sporting Goods took over the former Service Merchandise location in 2005.



Unsure when Von Maur opened at the mall, or what the original anchor was, possibly Lazarus?


























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4 comments:

  1. I'm surprised the exterior facades have never been updated! The interior of the mall looks really nice, but I'm sad to see that Simon skimped out on the christmas decor here...

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    1. The Fashion Mall at Keystone is beautiful this time of year.

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  2. I can provide some insight here.

    As for original anchors, LS Ayres and Sears are definitely part of that group. Both Sears and LS Ayres' buildings dated from 1965. Of those two, Sears is the only one left standing.

    Von Maur was originally Montgomery Ward. They were here until their liquidation. Von Maur completely gutted the inside of the building, remodeled, and opened in 2001. This building was also built in 1965. I'm unsure if Montgomery Ward was an original anchor; if they were, they heavily remodeled both the interior and exterior of their building around the time the mall was enclosed. The concrete "molding" on the exterior of the building is not from that time period; Von Maur added that.

    Macy's took over the former Lazarus space in 2005 because it was much newer than the LS Ayres building and had a second floor. The Ayres building only had one level despite its massive size. The Lazarus building was built in 1980 when the rest of the mall was enclosed. JCPenney's building was built at the same time.

    The mall itself was heavily-renovated inside and out in 2003. It's too bad smartphone cameras weren't around at that time because there are labelscars from Greenwood Shopping Center underneath some of the new drywall by the food court that would have been worthy of being photographed.

    If you have any more questions, just ask. I may be able to answer them.

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    1. Thank you! Very informative and great to know a more extensive history than what I knew about the mall. Will keep you in mind when I have questions about other retail around Indianapolis.

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