World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

River Oaks Center

 

River Oaks Center

River Oaks Center
Location Calumet City, Illinois, United States
Opening date October 1966
Developer Philip M. Klutznick
Management Simon Property Group
Owner Simon Property Group
No. of stores and services 140
No. of anchor tenants 2
Total retail floor area 1,288,000 square feet (119,659.1 m2) [1]
No. of floors 1 plus partial lower level
Website http://www.shopriveroakscenter.com

River Oaks Center is located at the southeast corner of River Oaks Drive and Torrence Avenue in Calumet City, Illinois. River Oaks Center originally opened in 1966 and was a development of KLC Ventures, a firm that included pioneering developer Philip M. Klutznick and his son Tom. The elder Klutznick had developed Park Forest, Illinois after World War II, as well as Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook in 1959 and Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie in 1956. River Oaks Center is the largest enclosed shopping mall in the south suburbs of Chicago, and the seventh largest in the metropolitan area totaling 1,379,824 square feet (128,190 m2). Today, there are over 140 stores and 2 anchors including J. C. Penney and Macy's. Simon Property Group manages and owns River Oaks Center.

History

River Oaks originally opened as an outdoor mall with one minor and two major department stores. The original anchors were Marshall Field's, which built a 275,000-square-foot (25,500 m2) store, Sears, and a branch of Edward C. Minas Company, which was based in nearby Hammond, Indiana. Other major stores included a Jewel supermarket and Osco Drug at the south end,[2] and a S. S. Kresge dime store next to Sears. Kresge closed in 1987 and became a movie theater, while the closure of Jewel made way for a McDonald's restaurant and a second theater complex. Many of the stores in the mall in its first 20 years were outposts of Chicago retailers, including Chas A. Stevens, Kroch's and Brentano's, and C.D. Peacock. Carson Pirie Scott took over the Edward C. Minas store in 1982.[3]

In 1985, the mall was expanded when J. C. Penney moved its store from downtown Hammond, Indiana to the northwest portion of the mall's parking lot. A new wing was also built to connect JCPenney to the mall, and a food court was added on the enclosed lower level.[4]

Expansion

In the late 1980s and early 1990s then owner JMB Corp. of Chicago had several plans to expand and enclose the outdoor mall. These plans included adding a second level and possibly a fifth department store at the end of the southeastern wing of the mall. These plans coincided with Chicago's Lake Calumet Airport which would have been just a few miles north of the mall and would have transformed the area around the mall into an office and business hub. However, these plans never materialized and finally in 1993 JMB began a smaller version of the redevelopment which included additional retail space and enclosing the common areas mall.

In 1994 the redevelopment was completed. The mall was enclosed and 80,000 square feet (7,000 m2) of gross leasable area was added. New retailers opened at the mall and the tenant mix became more upscale bringing in some retailers who had not yet located in the Southern Suburbs. The mall's size was brought up to 1,380,000 square feet (128,000 m2) making it the largest mall in the South Suburbs.

Carson Pirie Scott closed in January 2013.[5] Sears closed June 9, 2013.[6]

References

  1. ^ http://business.simon.com/leasing/river-oaks-center
  2. ^ "Jewel Opening Stores in River Oaks Center". Chicago Tribune. 1966-09-28. 
  3. ^ "Retailers". Chicago Tribune. 1984-03-27. 
  4. ^ "Expansion is on schedule for River Oaks Center".  
  5. ^ Tweh, Bowdeya (August 27, 2012). "Carson's in River Oaks mall closing". NWI.com. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ Keagle, Lauri (February 22, 2013). "Calumet City Sears store slated for June closure". NWI.com. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.