Everett Mall
Everett Mall is a 673,000-square-foot (62,500 m 2) indoor/outdoor shopping mall located in Everett, Washington, USA. Planned in the late 1960s, the mall began with the construction of two anchor stores, Sears in 1969 and White Front in 1971. The mall was originally built and opened in 1974 after the Boeing bust stalled construction in 1972. It was further plagued upon opening with one anchor store closing before opening as well as a low tenant rate. The mall began to rebound after The Bon Marche opened in 1977, leading to the construction of an additional wing to the mall anchored by the upscale Frederick & Nelson department store. In 2000 the mall was placed in receivership and ultimately deeded to its lender after its longtime owner defaulted on a $55 million loan. In 2004, the mall underwent a massive expansion and renovation. A new 16-screen movie theater and several new stores were built as part of this expansion by the mall's current owners, Steadfast Cos. Mervyn's, an anchor since 1992, closed late 2006. The store was replaced with LA Fitness and Steve & Barry's. Steve & Barry's in turn was closed in 2009 after its owners filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Its space remains vacant.


Development and early construction: 1968 - 1972
The plan for a modern shopping mall in Everett dated to the mid 1960s. In 1968, developers Norman L. Iverson & Associates of Tacoma and Earl Cohen & Associates of Beverly Hills purchased a 60 acre lot south of downtown in the diagonal area bound by Interstate 5, US 99, and the Broadway cutoff, now known as Everett Mall Way. 10.4 acres (42,000 m 2) of the property nearest to the interstate would be the focus of future mall development. The first merchant they attracted to the new site was the Sears, Roebuck and Company department store, who would leave their location of 40 years at 2701 Colby Street in downtown Everett to build the first store on the property. Robert Freidenrich, soon-to-be manager of the new store, discussed the rationale of the store's exodus to the suburbs with The Seattle Times :

The store, which opened to the public on February 12, 1969, contained 114,375 square feet arranged into 50 different departments. The store also contained a 14-stall automotive repair center, an outdoor garden center, a tailor shop and a 40-seat coffee shop. The Richardson Associates were the architects and engineers Sears was joined by another large anchor store on the property with the grand opening of the California-based discount department store chain, White Front on May 13, 1971. It was the chain's fifth store in the Puget Sound region. The Iverson and Cohen firms soon began planning for the construction of an enclosed mall to connect Sears and White Front as well as a planned third anchor store but construction was halted when massive cutbacks at Boeing threatened the economic stability of the entire region. Hackensack, New Jersey based developer, Hanson Development Company purchased the unfinished mall in July 1972 with promises to complete the project. In late 1973 came the announcement of a new triplex theater at the mall by General Cinema Corporation of Boston, who operated theaters in Renton and the Overlake area of Redmond. It was billed as Washington's first triple-auditorium indoor theater. The Everett Mall Cinemas I, II and III opened on February 13, 1974 with a seating capacity of 1,300. The opening attractions were The Sting , Serpico and American Graffiti .

New construction and further setbacks: 1973 - 1977
Construction of the mall continued on and by March 1973, Hanson claimed that 21 leases had been signed with tenants, filling about 60% of the 150,000 square feet (14,000 m 2) of retail planned for the mall upon completion, projected for sometime that Summer. The Law Company of Wichita, Kansas handled construction of the theater and mall from its own architectural plans. Local firms Wick Construction Co. and Douglas Mulvanny, Seattle architect, were in charge of the construction and design of tenant spaces. Things began to fall apart for the developers when, in 1974, White Front declared bankruptcy and shuttered its large store at the mall, the last one in the state to close. Investors soon became wary of opening stores at the mall. After much delay, the Everett Mall finally opened in October 1974 with only one anchor tenant and little more than half of its stores occupied. The mall resembled a ghost town and was not actively promoted by its owners. The atmosphere of the mall at the time was described by The Seattle Times in 1977:

Turnaround and expansion: 1977 - 1992
Fortunes began to turn around when The Bon Marche purchased the former White Front store in 1976 with plans of moving their store from downtown Everett. An opening was set for February 25, 1977 Soon after the Bon's announcement, new retailers began to move to the mall. At the same time, Roebling Management Company, who managed the mall as a subsidiary of the Hanson group (later known as the Titanic Associates) announced plans to carry out the originally intended plans for the mall, including the third anchor store. In August 1977, construction began on the second triplex theater at the mall just east of Sears, to be operated but not owned by General Cinema. At that time the theater was a stand-alone building. Construction of the mall's new $20 million east wing began in the fall of 1979 and was completed by the fall of 1980. The new addition officially opened on Friday, August 1, 1980 fully leased. The centerpiece of the expanded mall was the two-story, 120,000 square foot Frederick & Nelson department store, the Marshall Field subsidiary's 15th store, designed by Beverly Hill architects Martinez, Takeda & Hahn. The addition also contained a 39,000 square foot Payless Drug store and 52,420 square feet of mall shops. The mall's tenant mix remained stable until 1992 when Frederick & Nelson declared bankruptcy and the Everett store closed. It was immediately replaced by California-based Mervyn's department store who took over Frederick's lease in 1991. After a major remodeling, that store opened on July 19, 1992 to much fanfare.

Financial troubles and new owners: 1998 - 2002
In 1998, Everett Mall's management, Hampshire Management Co., submitted plans to the City of Everett for a major expansion that if carried out would rival Alderwood Mall in size. Under the plan, 275,000 square feet (25,500 m 2) of retail space would be added as well as a new multiplex theater, a hotel and multiple restaurants. These plans soon would become Jeopardized when a financial crises hit the owners. During the fall of 2000, the Everett Mall was placed into receivership by the Snohomish County Superior Court after finding that it's owners, Titanic Associates of Morristown, New Jersey had defaulted on a loan. By 2001, Titanic had amassed $61 million of debt and were facing foreclosure of the property. To eliminate the debt, they deeded the mall to the Equitable Life Assurance Society of New York who assumed operations. By the end of the year, Equitable hired Cincinnati-based Madison Marquette to manage the mall and direct its expansion.

2003 to current day: The village
In 2003, Expansion plans were put back on track. This time with over 227,068 square feet (21,095.3 m 2) of new retail space including a new "power center", the Everett Mall Village and major exterior renovations planned. Construction began in 2004 In June 2004, Equitable sold Everett Mall for $50.2 million to Steadfast Commercial Properties of Newport Beach, California who proceeded to replace Madison Marquette with their own management company to carry out the expansion. The expansion project known as Everett Village finally broke ground in November 2004 with Best Buy, PetsMart, Old Navy, Borders Books and Bed Bath & Beyond announced as future tenants. Regal Cinemas also committed to building a 16-screen cinema Once completed in 2006, Steadfast sold the Village for $21.7M to a private investor. In late 2006, Mervyn's announced that it was leaving the northwest and closed all of its Oregon and Washington locations and later declared bankruptcy. The Everett Mall store was divided in half with LA Fitness occupying one half and national discount family clothing chain Steve & Barry's occupying the other. After only a year and a half, Steve & Barry's also declared bankruptcy and closed all locations.

Current Anchors
  • Borders Books and Music
  • LA Fitness
  • Macy's
  • Old Navy
  • Sears ( opened 1969, first building on site)
  • Regal Cinemas (16-screen movie theater)

Former anchors
  • The Bon Marché ( opened 1977, renamed Bon-Macy's 2004, Macy's 2005)
  • Frederick & Nelson ( opened 1980, closed 1992, later Mervyn's)
  • Mervyn's ( opened 1992, closed December 31, 2006/later LA Fitness)
  • Steve & Barry's ( opened 2007, closed 2009)
  • White Front ( opened 1971, closed 1975, later The Bon Marché)

“ We have seen the need for an enlarged store in the Everett area for years. Present and future growth patterns indicate that our new site will eventually form the center of a dense suburban market. ” “ Large canvas curtains blocked off undeveloped retail space. Youths played tag, darting through rips in the canvas, and young smokers hid in the shadows of closed-off stalls. Seldom were shoppers forced to park more than three or four stalls from the building. Store aisles were uncrowded and benches for weary shoppers inside the mall were usually empty ”

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