Randhurst Mall

Randhurst Mall

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Randhurst Mall, previously known as Randhurst Center or simply Randhurst, was a shopping mall that was located at the corner of Rand Road (U.S. Route 12) and Elmhurst Road (IL Route 83) in Mount Prospect, Illinois. The mall took its name from combining the names of these two roads. The original owner of the mall was the Randhurst Corporation (a joint venture of Carson Pirie Scott, Wieboldt's, and Montgomery Ward); the land is currently owned by Casto Lifestyle Properties. At the time of its 1962 opening, it was the first enclosed regional mall in the Chicago area and the largest enclosed air-conditioned space in the United States. At its 2008 closure, the mall was anchored by Bed Bath & Beyond, Carson Pirie Scott, and Costco. The mall has been demolished and is being rebuilt as a lifestyle center; the anchors are to remain as part of the new development.

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Randhurst was born out of a desire by Carson Pirie Scott to expand their business into Chicago's northwest suburbs, an untapped market at the time. Spurred by Marshall Field's expansion into Skokie at the new Old Orchard Shopping Center, in 1958 Carson Pirie Scott secured an lot in Mount Prospect for purposes of building a shopping mall. Studies showed the mall would have a service area of 300,000, with another 100,000 expected by 1965. By 1959, the department stores Wieboldt's and Montgomery Ward had created a joint venture with Carson Pirie Scott, named the Randhurst Corporation. Instead of using the...
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