Charleston Town Center

Charleston Town Center
Charleston Town Center
Central court of Charleston Town Center
Location Charleston, West Virginia, USA
Opening date November 1983
Owner Forest City Enterprises
No. of stores and services 150+
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area 930,923 square feet (86,485.6 m2) (GLA)[1]
Parking 4,000+
No. of floors 2 plus partial third level

Charleston Town Center is an enclosed shopping mall in downtown Charleston, West Virginia, USA. One of the largest enclosed malls to be located in a downtown shopping district, it comprises more than 150+ tenants on two levels, as well as a food court on a partial third level. Anchor stores comprise JCPenney, Macy's and Sears. The mall is owned by Forest City Enterprises.



Charleston Town Center opened in 1983 in downtown Charleston, West Virginia, as the largest downtown-based shopping mall located east of the Mississippi River.[2] At the time, it included four anchor stores: JCPenney, Sears, Kaufmann's and Montgomery Ward. The mall remained largely unchanged until Stone & Thomas opened next to Montgomery Ward, moving from an existing location downtown. This Stone & Thomas store was later renamed Elder-Beerman when the chain was purchased in 1998, but Elder-Beerman closed it in 2000, the same year that Montgomery Ward closed.[3]

In 2002, plans were announced to renovate the mall. Under these plans, Dillard's (which, at the time, had no locations in West Virginia) would have opened in the former Montgomery Ward space.[4] In return, the Dillard's chain asked for a $1-a-year lease as part of an incentive package,[5] in addition to asking for $7.5 million in city loans.[6] However, the plans for a Dillard's at the mall were later canceled, and the former Montgomery Ward remained dark, while the former Elder-Beerman space was converted to a Steve & Barry's clothing store in 2002.[7]

In 2005, the retail bookstore chain Books-A-Million also expressed interest in replacing the former Montgomery Ward,[8] although this store also never came to fruition. Finally, by 2006, it was announced that BrickStreet Insurance would locate its offices in the former Montgomery Ward space.[9] A year later, Kaufmann's was converted to Macy's due to the acquisition of Kaufmann's then-parent company, May Department Stores. The Steve & Barry's, along with all other Steve & Barry's stores in West Virginia, was closed in September 2008 due to bankruptcy. In 2011, television station WOWK sub-leased some unused space in the Brickstreet area to relocte its TV studio.



  1. ^ "Charleston Town Center". International Council of Shopping Centers. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Charleston Town Center. Retrieved 2008-10-06. [dead link]
  3. ^ Elmer, Joann C. (2001-07-09). "Charleston Town Center working to fill rash of empty storefronts". The State News. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  4. ^ Finn, Scott (2002-10-25). "Charleston, W.Va., Mall to Attract Upscale Retailers.". The Charleston Gazette. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  5. ^ Finn, Scott (2002-10-16). "Dillard's Wants Hefty Incentive Package to Open in Charleston, W.Va. Location.". Charleston Gazette. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  6. ^ Stone, Greg (2002-10-23). "Dillard's Seeks $7.5 Million City Loan to Fix Up Charleston, W.Va., Store.". The Charleston Gazette. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  7. ^ Wilson, Paul (2005-02-01). "Sportswear Store to Open in Charleston, W.Va.". Charleston Gazette. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  8. ^ Wilson, Paul (2005-02-01). "Books-A-Million looks at Charleston Town Center space.". Charleston Gazette. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  9. ^ Walters, Nicky (2006-12-05). "BrickStreet Insurance May Move into Charleston Town Center". WOWK TV. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 

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