Westwood Mall (Jackson, Michigan)

Westwood Mall
Location Jackson, Michigan
Coordinates 42°15′00″N 84°26′10″W / 42.250°N 84.436°W / 42.250; -84.436Coordinates: 42°15′00″N 84°26′10″W / 42.250°N 84.436°W / 42.250; -84.436
Address 1850 W. Michigan Ave.
Opening date 1972[1]
Developer Forbes-Cohen
Management Rouse Properties
No. of stores and services 50+[1]
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area 510,000 square feet (47,000 m2) (GLA)
No. of floors 2 (Second floor is mall staff only)
Website www.shopwestwoodmall.com

Westwood Mall is an enclosed shopping mall serving the community of Jackson, Michigan owned and managed by Rouse Properties, one of the largest mall owners in the United States. It opened in 1972 and features three anchor stores: J.C. Penney, Walmart and Younkers. It is managed by Rouse Properties, a division of General Growth Properties.


The mall was built in 1972 with Wurzburg's and Montgomery Ward as its anchor stores, but Wurzburg's sold its store to J.W. Knapp Company shortly before completion. Original tenants included Claire's, Motherhood Maternity, Kinney Shoes, Waldenbooks, Spencer Gifts, Circus World Toys, Merle Norman Cosmetics, and Walgreens. The Knapp store sold to J. C. Penney in 1980.[2] Elder-Beerman was added as a third anchor in September 1993.[3] General Growth Properties acquired the mall from Forbes/Cohen in 1998, along with nearby Lansing Mall and Lakeview Square Mall.[4]

In 2004, Walmart opened its first Jackson location on the site vacated by Montgomery Ward three years prior.[5][6] Five years later, the company expressed interest in purchasing houses behind the mall to build a retention basin.[7]

Several stores closed in the mall in the late 2000s, including Gap,[8] Ritz Camera and an original tenant, Crown & Carriage Gifts.[9] Despite the loss of these stores, the mall retained a higher occupancy rate than the national average.[10] The Elder-Beerman store was re-branded Younkers in 2012.[11]


  1. 1 2 "Center information for Westwood Mall". General Growth Properties. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  2. http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2015/07/peek_through_time_cool_comfort.html
  3. "The Bottom Line". Dayton Daily News. June 20, 1993. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  4. Sinderman, Martin (February 1, 1998). "Retail Investment Forecast – 1998". Retail Traffic. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  5. Susan, Stock (April 18, 2003). "Wal-Mart plans new store at mall in Jackson". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  6. "Westwood Mall Welcomes Wal-Mart". Business Wire. July 21, 2004. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  7. Gautz, Chris (March 26, 2009). "Walmart trying to buy homes near Westwood Mall to build detention pond". Jackson Citizen Patriot. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  8. "Gap store at Westwood Mall in Jackson closing on Jan. 26". Jackson Citizen-Patriot. January 7, 2010. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  9. Gautz, Chris (December 29, 2010). "Crown and Carriage Gifts in the Westwood Mall, and Best Books at Jackson Crossing have announced plans to close". Jackson Citizen-Patriot. Retrieved January 5, 2011.
  10. Guenther, Heather (May 31, 2009). "Vacancy rates skyrocketing at malls across the U.S.". Jackson Citizen-Patriot. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  11. http://www.mlive.com/business/jackson-lansing/index.ssf/2012/09/elder-beerman_department_store.html
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