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RiverTown Crossings

RiverTown Crossings
Location Grandville, Michigan, USA
Coordinates
Opening date 1999
Developer General Growth Properties
Management General Growth Properties
Owner General Growth Properties
No. of stores and services 130+
No. of anchor tenants 6
Total retail floor area 1.3 million ft²
No. of floors 2
Parking Surrounding sectional; Free 6400+ spaces
Website http://www.rivertowncrossings.com

RiverTown Crossings is a two-story enclosed super-regional shopping mall in Grandville, Michigan . Opened in 1999, the mall was developed by General Growth Properties of Chicago, Illinois. It opened with five anchors: Sears, Hudson's (then Marshall Field's, now Macy's), Kohl's, Younkers and JCPenney. Barnes & Noble was also featured as a junior anchor. Galyan's (now Dick's Sporting Goods) and Old Navy opened a few months later with Galyan's becoming the mall's sixth anchor tenant and Old Navy becoming another junior anchor.

History

The mall has 130+ stores, 9 restaurants, a food court and a 20 screen Celebration Cinema [1] [2] (Cinemark from opening to June 2007) movie theater. There is just under 1,250,000 square feet (116,000 m2) of retail space. Outside are more than 6,000 parking spaces. The mall was one of the first developments in the area. After the mall was built, many other restaurants and stores opened around it. Now the area is well developed and a major shopping district for the southwest side of the city of Grand Rapids or the Grandville - Wyoming area.

The mall's slogan is Mix it up, one of few major slogans that General Growth Properties uses with some of their malls.

Bus stop issues

Two bus routes operated by The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) stop here: route 8 to Central Station seven days a week, and route 44 to Woodland Mall on weekdays.

On November 20, 2006, the bus stop was moved from the mall entrance near Sears to across the parking lot, at a spot across from Men's Wearhouse at Potomac and Outer Mall Drive [3]. This change resulted from the addition of the nearby Meijer store to route 8, which also serves as the route's new bus terminal for layovers. Mall management requested this change due to rowdy behavior and several violent incidents. Route 44 was re-routed to serve the relocated stop, with Meijer replacing the mall as that route's terminal point.

On December 18, 2006, the bus stop was moved to the south side of the mall, 30 feet (9 m) West of the main entrance. A new agreement allowed the bus access to this location with the stipulation that service to the mall ends when the mall is closed. This compromise between mall management and The Rapid eliminated problems caused by passengers present when the mall was closed. This new location also allowed security to better monitor the bus stop, and to easily respond to any possible problems. The Meijer stop continues as the terminal point.[4] [5].

Until May 21, 2007, route 44 went to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Now, route 17 travels from Woodland to the Airport seven days a week, with 44 going from RiverTown to Woodland.

External links

  • Rivertown Crossings Mall website
  • The Rapid Route 8 schedule
  • The Rapid Route 44 schedule
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