Shop till you drop, locally

   The Northland Mall, the once booming weekend hangout spot, has been slowly losing its business. But are the new shops having the mall gain its glory back? Or will history repeat itself?

  On February 27, 1973, Northland Mall officially opened to the public. It was built by Chananie Development. Original tenants included JCPenney, Charles V. Weise Department Store (later sold to Bergner’s), Woolworth, and Walgreens

  Dunham’s Sports opened on October 24, 2014, as a new anchor store. Eight months later, a tornado caused wall and roof damage to the store. Shoppers and employees were inside the building at the time of the storm, but no injuries were reported. The store would eventually reopen a year later on August 7, 2016. 

  On March 17, 2017, JCPenney announced the Northland Mall closure, along with 137 other locations. Bergner’s went bankrupt the following year. In late 2016, Planet Fitness opened at the mall. It replaced the Pet Supplies Plus which closed in June 2014.

  In early 2022, Brookwood Capital Partners acquired the shopping mall from the previous owners and began the process of redevelopment. The company has a history of retail and mall redevelopment in the Midwest with several large regional malls under their belt. They have previously brought similar malls to full occupancy, and are expecting to do the same here.

  As a part of ongoing redevelopment, Hobby Lobby announced their upcoming opening in Northland Mall. The company is taking the former Bergners space which will bring the center closer to 100% occupancy. Capital improvements such as new asphalt and an updated roof have further enhanced the center’s prominence. 

  The Northland Mall has seen a lot of rebuilding and misfortunes. The Mall is to some people a fond place with alot of memories of their youth. The past year has been a turning point for the mall, we’ve seen over 10 new stores bring life back into the establishment. These stores include a new toy store called The Toy Store, to a meditating esq store called A State of mind, and a new hodgepodge miscellaneous store of greatness called Schnapping Deals. 

  With many new and fun stores coming to the mall, it would be a shame for you to miss out on all the excitement.