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Salem Center (Oregon)

Salem Center
Mall entrance
Location Salem, Oregon,  United States
Opening date 1979
Management General Growth Properties
No. of stores and services 80
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 650,000 square feet (60,000 m2)
No. of floors 2
Parking 5,200

Salem Center is a multi-building, enclosed shopping center in downtown Salem, Oregon, United States. Located on both sides of Center Street between High and Liberty streets, the mall has 80 stores and a food court.[1] Opened in 1979, the mall has four anchor stores with 650,000 square feet (60,000 m2) of gross leasable space located on and two floors.[1] The anchors are: Macy's, JC Penney, Kohl's, and Nordstrom. The mall also features five sky bridges, one of which connects Macy's to the mall, another connects the mall to an adjacent city-owned parking garage, with another connecting JC Penney to the mall, in addition to connecting the two mall buildings across Center Street. Salem Center is owned by General Growth Properties.[2]


  • Early history 1
  • Mall development history 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early history

Salem Center's roots can be traced back to 1955, when Meier & Frank opened a two-level department store and parking garage, which was the first branch location in the chain. JCPenney also opened a two-level store nearby in 1965. While those two stores were originally designed as freestanding buildings, they eventually became integrated into the later mall development as anchor stores, and were connected to the mall via skybridges.[3]

Mall development history

Construction began on the new shopping center in 1978.[4] Salem Center then opened in 1979, and was remodeled in 1988 and again in 1995.[1] Until approximately 2004 the mall was known as Salem Centre.[5] The Kohl's location was previously a Mervyns store until 2007, while Macy's location is a converted Meier & Frank with the name change also in 2007.[6] The mall launched a service in January 2008 that allowed people to search all products offered by the mall's stores, claiming to be the first mall in Oregon to have such a service.[7] In 2009, the center started an annual tradition of having a Lego menorah built and lighted to celebrate Hanukkah.[8]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Salem Center". Properties & Leasing. General Growth Properties, Inc. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Sernovitz, Daniel (November 10, 2010). "Pioneer Place parent exits bankruptcy". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "MALL HALL OF FAME". 
  4. ^ Green, Virginia (January 8, 2012). "Development boom cuts up Market St. farms". Statesman Journal. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Two Eddie Bauer stores closing in Oregon". Portland Business Journal. December 31, 2003. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Rose, Michael (April 25, 2006). "New mall, downtown Salem stores alter retail landscape".  
  7. ^ "Salem Center Becomes First "Searchable" Mall in Oregon" (PDF). Salem Business Journal. January 2008. p. 12. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Daley, Jillian (January 3, 2012). "Lego menorah makes holidays bright". Statesman Journal. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 

External links

  • .comsalemcenter
  • 1987 picture of the mall
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