The Mall at Sierra Vista

The Mall at Sierra Vista
Location Sierra Vista, Arizona, USA
Coordinates 31°31′45.84″N 110°15′33.83″W / 31.5294000°N 110.2593972°W / 31.5294000; -110.2593972
Address 2200 El Mercado Loop
Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635
Opening date 1999
Management Rouse Properties
Owner Rouse Properties
No. of stores and services 50+
No. of anchor tenants 2
Total retail floor area 400,000 sq ft (37,000 m2) (GLA)
No. of floors 1

The Mall at Sierra Vista is an indoor shopping center located in Sierra Vista, Arizona, United States owned and managed by Rouse Properties, one of the largest mall owners in the United States. It was constructed during the late 1990s. Sierra Vista is one of the fastest growing communities in Arizona and the major population center for southeastern Arizona. The developers had hoped to market to the growing community, which had no other malls. It was the first major mall to be built in southeastern Arizona, with 400,000 square feet (37,000 m2) of retail space.[1]

During the mall's opening months, around October 1999,[1] many shoppers expressed surprise at how small the mall was: although it appeared quite large from the outside, much of the space was taken by the mall's two anchor stores, Dillard's and Sears, leaving little room for the mall's single main corridor. Many local residents began calling the Mall "The Hall" or "The Small", because most of the stores were built along just this one relatively short passage of corridor.

Though many stores have passed through the mall, the majority of the store slots are currently full. Additionally, stores, eating establishments, a bank and hotel have opened around the perimeter of the mall; these include: Applebee's, Wells Fargo, Jack in the Box, Best Buy, Home Depot, Texas Roadhouse and Fairfield Inn.

This regional mall[2] serves a large portion of southeastern Arizona and northern parts of the Mexican state of Sonora. A recent survey indicated that as much as 30% of the mall's shoppers come from Sonora, traveling as far away as Nacozari and Cumpas, 120 miles (190 km) south of the border, just to shop there.[3]

In addition to shopping, the Mall at Sierra Vista hosts the annual Festival of Trees,[4][5] the Festival of Giving,[6] and an annual Car Show for the Boys and Girls Club.[7] The Mall merits a mention in Ethel Jackson Price's 2003 book, Sierra Vista: a Young City with a Past.[8]



  1. 1 2 "Turner Awarded Multi-Million-Dollar Contract To Build The Mall At Sierra Vista, Sierra Vista, Arizona". Turner Construction. 1999-03-18. Last accessed 2007-11-26.
  2. ICSC Shopping Center Definitions: Basic Configurations and Types for the United States. The International Council of Shopping Centers, 2004. Last accessed 2007-11-26.
  3. Clark, Jonathan (2006-04-28) "Mexican shoppers wield clout" The Sierra Vista Herald. Last accessed 2007-11-26.
  4. "The 8th Annual Festival of Trees" . Last accessed 2007-11-26.
  5. Ory, Laura (2007-11-18) "Decking the mall: Locals set up Christmas trees for SV hospital fundraiser" The Sierra Vista Herald. Last accessed 2007-11-26.
  6. Ory, Laura (2007-10-28). "Habitat for Humanity group gets a new home" The Sierra Vista Herald. Last accessed 2007-11-26.
  7. Car Show News: Arizona Car News Schedule., Inc. Last accessed 2007-11-26
  8. Price, Ethel Jackson (2003). Sierra Vista: a Young City with a Past, 160 p. Arcadia Publishing ISBN 0-7385-2434-4.
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