Washington Square Mall


[ hide ]

    Washington Square Mall and Lawndale Commons are two adjacent shopping malls located inEvansville, Indiana, United States. It opened in 1963 as just Washington Square Mall and was the first enclosed shopping center in Indiana.Developed by Erie Investments, the mall was originally anchored bySears and an A&P Grocery Store. The A&P store was replaced with a traditional department store named Stewart Dry Goods which later merged into L. S. Ayres.

    After the larger Eastland Mall opened in 1982, Washington Square struggled to retain stores. In 1987 the mall was remodeled and expanded to help it compete with the newer mall. The expansion was initially successful and the mall was sold a few years later to Facet Financial.

    Facing even more department store consolidation, L. S. Ayres closed in 1992 and the location was converted into an Elder-Beerman. But vacancy rates continued to climb as the mall lost shoppers to Eastland Mall. In 2002, the struggling mall was sold to local real estate developer Gene Hahn. Despite ongoing efforts to reinvent the mall, it has slowly lost tenants and has struggled with a high vacancy rate.

    After failing to land a major department store for the former Elder-Beerman space, the mall owners opened a Values Unlimited in the space in 2004. But in March 2007 Values Unlimited announced a going-out-of-business sale and a local antique store announced its interest in moving into the anchor space. Sears continues to be the major anchor for the mall, but many of the interior retail spaces are vacant.

    Current stores in the mall include Marion’s Hallmark, Designs4U, Freedom Medical, Salon 3, Deb, Treasures, Brian Smith Photography, Fast Lane Raceway and Old US Coins. Medical offices include St. Marys Senior Health, St. Mary’s lab and Xray, Evansville Primary Care. Business offices include Hahn Realty, Dean Webster Insurance and R.L. Voight CPA. Food establishments include Just Cookies, The Potato Place and¬†Noble Roman’s.

    This page is a Wiki! Log in or register an account to edit.