ⓘ Clackamas Town Center
Clackamas Town Center is a shopping mall established in 1981 in the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area, located on unincorporated land in the Clackamas area of Clackamas County, in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is managed and co-owned by Brookfield Properties Retail Group and is currently anchored by J.C. Penney, Macys, and Nordstrom. It also includes a 20-screen Century movie theater.
The mall has a Happy Valley, Oregon, mailing address, but is actually located in an unincorporated area. However, the city of Happy Valley was interested in annexing the area that includes the mall. The nearby city of Milwaukie was also interested in annexing the area. In December 2012, mediation between officials of the two cities resulted in a draft agreement under which the mall and other land west of Interstate 205 would eventually be annexed by Milwaukie.
2.1. History Construction and early years
The two-level enclosed mall, with 1.218.000 square feet 113.200 m 2 of retail space officially opened on March 6, 1981, built by Ernest W. Hahn, Inc. and designed by Seattle architects John Graham & Company. Prior to the malls opening, the attached the Meier & Frank store opened in October 1980. Original anchors included J. C. Penney, Meier & Frank, Nordstrom, Sears and Montgomery Ward. There was also an ice rink; a five-screen movie theater; and a branch of the Clackamas County Library. Also featured were three large cedar sculptures carved by artist and woodsman, Dudley C. Carter, which were commissioned by the center in 1979, when Carter was eighty-eight.
TriMet diverted or extended its bus service into the new mall, constructing a new transit center in the parking area on the malls north side, which opened in November 1981 and by 1985 was being used by six bus routes. In the 1990s, Olympic skater Tonya Harding frequently practiced on the ice rink.
The mall remained largely unchanged until Montgomery Ward went bankrupt and closed its store in 2001. Meier & Frank acquired the former Ward building and opened a home store in 2002 in the upper level, while leasing out the lower level to Copeland Sports. The ice rink closed in 2003, the original movie theater closed in 2005, and Copeland in turn closed in 2006. Macys reclaimed the former Copelands space and expanded the home store into that space.
2.2. History 2007 renovations and expansion
General Growth Properties acquired a 50% interest in the property in 2002 and assumed management. A major redevelopment began in 2005 to add 250.000 sq ft 23.000 m 2 to the center. As part of the construction the area formerly occupied by the ice rink was gutted, and the Carter sculptures were removed. Designed by architectural firm DLR Group, the renovation and expansion added approximately 40 new stores and restaurants, many in a new lifestyle center on the south side, and a new 75.000 sq ft 7.000 m 2, 20-screen Century multiplex theater. The renovation also put in tranquility ponds, new flooring, lighting, furniture, escalators, elevators, handrails, and exterior upgrades. It was completed in late 2007. The new, larger movie theater opened in December 2007.
In September 2009, a new MAX Light Rail station opened at the mall, with the opening of the Green Line. The Clackamas Town Center Transit Center station is the southern terminus of the Green Line and is located on the east side of the malls parking area. It is also served by several bus lines and it replaced the original transit center, which had closed in 2006 and temporarily been replaced by simple bus stops pending construction of the new facility.
2.3. History 2012 shooting
A shooting occurred on December 11, 2012, which left three people, including the gunman, dead, and one person seriously wounded. At approximately 3:20 p.m. PST., 22-year-old Jacob Tyler Roberts opened fire near Macys at the upper level of the mall with an AR-15 rifle. Roberts was wearing a hockey mask and was heard by witnesses shouting out "I am the shooter!" while he fired shots. A 45-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman were killed, and Roberts died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. A fifteen-year-old girl suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and was hospitalized at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in serious, stable condition. An estimated 60 rounds were fired from Roberts rifle, and there were about 10.000 shoppers present at the mall at the time of the attack.
2.4. History 2018 closure of Sears
In 2015, Sears Holdings spun off 235 of its properties, including the Sears at Clackamas Town Center, into Seritage Growth Properties.
On August 22, 2018, Sears announced that its store would be closing as part of a plan to close 46 stores nationwide. The store closed in November 2018. After the store closure, JCPenney, Macys in two anchor spaces including the home store located in the former Montgomery Ward space, and Nordstrom are the remaining anchors left.
3. Anchor stores
- Macys Home Store, 165.000 sq ft 15.300 m 2, opened 1981 as Montgomery Ward, closed 2001, renamed as Meier & Frank Home, renamed Macys 2006)
- JCPenney, 158.000 sq ft 14.700 m 2, opened 1981)
- Macys Apparel Store, 199.000 sq ft 18.500 m 2, opened 1980 as Meier & Frank, renamed 2006)
- Nordstrom, 121.000 sq ft 11.200 m 2
- Copeland Sports, 96.000 sq ft 8.900 m 2; opened 2002 in lower level of former Montgomery Ward, closed 2006, space reclaimed by Macys Home 2007)
- Sears, 143.695 sq ft 13.349.7 m 2, store closed in November 2018
- Montgomery Ward, 165.000 sq ft 15.300 m 2; closed 2001, subdivided 2002 into Meier & Frank Home, Copeland Sports)
- Meier & Frank, opened October 1980; closed in 2006 reopened as Macys in 2006