River Roads Mall
River Roads Mall was an enclosed shopping mall located in the city of Jennings, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Opened in the mid-1950s as one of the nation's first shopping malls, the mall declined in the 1990s, becoming a dead mall and eventually being shuttered. Demolition of the long-vacant mall began in 2006.

Opened in the mid-1950s, the mall originally featured St. Louis-based Stix, Baer & Fuller as its main anchor store, as well as a Kroger supermarket and a Woolworth dime store. Walgreens operated a store in the mall as well. A 1970s expansion brought JCPenney as a second anchor store. Dillard's bought the Stix, Baer & Fuller chain in 1984, converting all Stix, Baer & Fuller stores to the Dillard's name. However, the River Roads Mall store was closed not long afterward in 1986 at the end of the lease. JCPenney converted its store to a JCPenney outlet in 1984. The mall's Kroger was converted to an independent supermarket called Food For Less after Kroger pulled out of the St. Louis market in 1986. Woolworth closed the River Roads location (along with locations at West County Mall and in South St. Louis City) in early 1991 during one of the chain's earliest rounds of store closures. By 1995, all of the other stores in the mall had closed as well, leaving only Walgreens, which relocated across the street to a freestanding location at the corner of Halls Ferry Road and Jennings Station Road in 1996. Benderson Development, which had acquired the mall shortly before its closure, sold the mall property in 1997. River Roads served as a MetroBus transfer point until 2006. Demolition of the vacant structure began in 2006. The only buildings that remain are Food For Less and Firestone Auto and Tire which was an outparcel near the intersection of Halls Ferry Road and Jennings Station Road.

Use of River Roads as a MetroBus Transfer Point
River Roads also served as a bus transfer point during its history. Seven bus routes converged at Halls Ferry and Jennings Station Road (the intersection where the mall was) until demolition began in August 2006, at which point Metro moved its transfer point to a transit center at Hall Street and Riverview Boulevard in Riverview. Bus routes that converged at River Roads are listed below with routes that were moved to Hall and Riverview in bold
  • 16 City Limits
  • 27 North County Shuttle
  • 36 Spanish Lake
  • 40 Broadway
  • 41 Lee
  • 61 Chambers
  • 64 Lucas Hunt


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