Livonia Marketplace

Livonia Marketplace

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Livonia Marketplace is a shopping mall in the Detroit suburb of Livonia, Michigan. Opened in 2010, the center is anchored by Sears and Wal-Mart. It occupies the site of the former Livonia Mall, which was an enclosed mall built in 1964. Livonia Mall lost the majority of its tenants in the 2000s, including its previous anchor stores of Crowley's (later Value City), Mervyns and Children's Palace. The mall was closed in May 2008, with only the Sears remaining from the old property.

History

Livonia Mall opened in 1964 as the second mall to be constructed in Livonia. The mall was developed by Jack Shenkman as an outdoor mall. At the time of its opening, Detroit's suburbs were expanding, and new shopping malls were being developed in these suburbs. Livonia already featured one such mall in Wonderland Center (later Wonderland Mall), which opened in 1959 and closed in 2004.

Livonia Mall remained largely unchanged until the mid-1970s, when the formerly open-air concourses were enclosed. A movie theater was added in the Crowley's wing. Also in 1981, a new wing ending in a Mervyns department store was added. Children's Palace, a toy store chain, was added to the west end of the mall in 1989. This store closed three years later and was eventually converted to a paintball arena which closed in the mid-2000s. Value City bought the Crowley's store and two other mall-based Crowley's stores (at...
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