Western Plaza Shopping Center

Western Plaza Shopping Center

Western Plaza Shopping Center

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Western Plaza Shopping Center was a shopping mall in Amarillo, Texas, United States. It opened in 1968 with a construction cost of approximately US$13 million. Western Plaza was once a main shopping point in Amarillo, but from the 1980s to 2000s has suffered stores leaving its complex. It is demolished and a new shopping center is being built. The Western Crossings shopping center is estimated to cost US$40 million.

History

The mall opened with White & Kirk (a local department store), Woolco, and Montgomery Ward as its anchor stores. In the 1970s, White & Kirk was converted to Sakowitz, which in turn was converted to Dunlaps before closing in the 2000s. Woolco closed in the early 1980s and was replaced with Wilson's, a catalog showroom that later became Service Merchandise. After Service Merchandise closed. The International House of Pancakes across from the mall was a popular hangout for Amarillo youths and the site of the notorious killing of punk rocker Brian Deneke in 1997. The mall was also home to the first Hastings Entertainment store in the chain. In addition, Western Plaza also had a business college, Academy of Professional Careers.

Selling and demolishing

On August 1, 2001, Triple Net Properties of California officially announced the purchase of the run down mall. They announced plans to rejuvenate Western Plaza., including bringing in new anchor stores. Cathy Derr, the leasing...
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