Clackamas Town Center

Clackamas Town Center

Clackamas, Oregon, USA
(USPS mailing address is 12000 SE 82nd Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086, but mall is actually located in the unincorporated Clackamas area, not in Happy Valley)[1]

45°26′10″N 122°34′26″W / 45.436°N 122.574°W / 45.436; -122.574Coordinates: 45°26′10″N 122°34′26″W / 45.436°N 122.574°W / 45.436; -122.574
Opening date March 6, 1981[2]
(the Meier & Frank store opened in October 1980)[3]
Developer The Hahn Company
Management General Growth Properties
Owner General Growth Properties
No. of stores and services 185[4]
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 1,230,000 sq ft (114,000 m2)[4]
No. of floors 2
Parking 6,800[4]

Clackamas Town Center is a shopping mall on unincorporated land[1] in the Clackamas area of Clackamas County, in the U.S. state of Oregon. It opened in 1981.[2] It is managed and co-owned by General Growth Properties and is currently anchored by J.C. Penney, Macy's (including a separate home store), Nordstrom, and Sears. It also includes a 20-screen Century movie theater.


The mall has a Happy Valley, Oregon, mailing address, but is actually located in an unincorporated area.[1] However, the city of Happy Valley was interested in annexing the area that includes the mall. The nearby city of Milwaukie was also interested in annexing the area.[1] In December 2012, mediation between officials of the two cities resulted in a draft agreement under which the mall and other land west of Interstate 205 would eventually be annexed by Milwaukie.[5]


South entrance in 2011

The two-level enclosed mall, with 1,218,000 square feet (113,200 m2) of retail space opened in 1981, built by Ernest W. Hahn, Inc.[2] and designed by Seattle architects John Graham & Company.[6] Original anchors included J. C. Penney, Meier & Frank, Nordstrom, Sears and Montgomery Ward. There was also an ice rink; a five-screen movie theater; and a branch of the Clackamas County Library.[2] Also featured were three large cedar sculptures carved by artist and woodsman, Dudley C. Carter,[2] which were commissioned by the center in 1979, when Carter was eighty-eight.

TriMet diverted or extended its bus service into the new mall, constructing a new transit center in the parking area on the mall's north side,[7] which opened in November 1981[8] and by 1985 was being used by six bus routes. In the 1990s, skater Tonya Harding practiced on the ice rink.

The mall remained largely unchanged until Montgomery Ward went bankrupt and closed its store in 2001. Meier & Frank acquired the former Ward building and opened a home store in 2002 in the upper level, while leasing out the lower level to Copeland Sports. The ice rink closed in 2003, the original movie theater closed in 2005, and Copeland in turn closed in 2006.

Interior view in 2011

General Growth Properties acquired a half-interest in the property in 2002 and assumed management. A major redevelopment began in 2005 to add 250,000 sq ft (23,000 m2) to the center. As part of the construction the area formerly occupied by the ice rink was gutted, and the Carter sculptures were removed. Designed by architectural firm DLR Group, the renovation and expansion added approximately 40 new stores and restaurants, many in a new lifestyle center on the south side, and a new 75,000 sq ft (7,000 m2), 20-screen Century multiplex theater. The renovation also put in tranquility ponds, new flooring, lighting, furniture, escalators, elevators, handrails, and exterior upgrades. It was completed in late 2007. The new, larger movie theater opened in December 2007.[9]

In September 2009, a new MAX Light Rail station opened at the mall, with the opening of the Green Line.[10] The Clackamas Town Center Transit Center station is the southern terminus of the Green Line and is located on the east side of the mall's parking area. It is also served by several bus lines and it replaced the original transit center, which had closed in 2006 and temporarily been replaced by simple bus stops pending construction of the new facility.

2012 shooting

A shooting occurred on December 11, 2012, which left three people, including the gunman, dead, and one person seriously wounded. At approximately 3:20 p.m. PST., 22-year-old Jacob Tyler Roberts opened fire near Macy's at the upper level of the mall with an AR-15 rifle. Roberts was wearing a hockey mask and was heard by witnesses shouting out "I am the shooter!" while he fired shots.[11] A 45-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman were killed, and Roberts died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. A fifteen-year-old girl suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and was hospitalized at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in serious, stable condition. An estimated 60 rounds were fired from Roberts' rifle, and there were about 10,000 shoppers present at the mall at the time of the attack.[11][12][13]

Anchor stores



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  1. 1 2 3 4 Rendleman, Raymond (December 14, 2011). "Clackamas Town Center land in middle of tussle: County mediates annexation dispute between Happy Valley, Milwaukie". Clackamas Review. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Sorenson, Donald J. (March 7, 1981). "Clackamas Town Center opens its doors". The Oregonian, p. A19.
  3. 1 2 "New M&F store lures huge crowd". (October 2, 1980). The Oregonian, p. D1.
  4. 1 2 3 "Clackamas Town Center". General Growth Properties. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  5. Rendleman, Raymond (December 5, 2012). "Cities agree on Clackamas Town Center boundary line". Clackamas Review. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  6. MacIntosh, Heather M. (November 3, 1998). "Graham, John Jr. (1908-1991)". Historylink. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  7. Kohler, Vince (June 30, 1981). "Clackamas center builds bus facility". The Oregonian ("MetroSouth" edition), p. MS1.
  8. "Open for business" (photograph with caption, of new TriMet transit center) (November 24, 1981). The Oregonian (MetroSouth edition), p. MS4.
  9. Wolfe, Tom (December 19, 2007). "20-screen theater opens Friday in Clackamas". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  10. Redden, Jim (September 10, 2009). "After 35 years of waiting, TriMet's Green Line hits all the parties: Thousands ride new I-205 line that was born of a '70s freeway rebellion". Portland Tribune. Archived from the original on June 8, 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-13.
  11. 1 2 Martinez, Michael (December 12, 2012). "'I have lived one crazy life so far,' Oregon mall gunman says on Facebook". CNN. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
  12. Two people shot to death at mall in Portland, Oregon; gunman also dies
  13. Bella, Rick (December 12, 2012). "Clackamas Town Center shooting: Killer was Jacob Tyler Roberts; fatalities were Steve Forsyth, Cindy Ann Yuille". The Oregonian via Retrieved December 12, 2012.

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