Cross County Mall (Illinois)

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Cross County Mall
Location Mattoon, Illinois, U.S.
Address 700 East Broadway Avenue
Opening date 1971
Developer Chahanie Development
Owner Rual King Reality
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area 338,100 square feet (31,410 m2)[1]
No. of floors 1

Cross County Mall is a shopping mall in Mattoon, Illinois, U.S. It was opened in 1971 and it features J. C. Penney and Carson's, with one vacant anchor last occupied by Sears. The mall is owned by Regis Management.


Chahanie Development announced the shopping center in 1967[2] and began construction in 1969. The first announced tenants were J. C. Penney, G. C. Murphy variety store, Arlan's discount store, Walgreens, an IGA supermarket, and Kinney Shoes.[3]

Official opening ceremonies were held in October 1971, by which point many stores were already open.[4] Both IGA and a branch of the Springfield, Illinois-based department store Myers Brothers opened on October 27.[5] Sears joined the mall in 1972.[6]

After Arlan's declared bankruptcy in 1973, their store closed and was converted to Kmart the following year. According to mall developers, this made Cross County Mall the first shopping center in the nation to include J. C. Penney, Sears, and Kmart, then the nation's three largest retailers.[7] G. C. Murphy closed in 1976 and work began that year to convert the space to Meis, a department store based out of Terre Haute, Indiana.[8] The Meis store opened in 1978.[9] The same year, Bergner's purchased the Myers Brothers chain and converted all stores to the Bergner's name.[10]

By 1981, the IGA space on the southeast end of the mall had been vacated, and it was converted into a new mall hallway.[11] This venture proved unsuccessful and by 1988, the mall owners had attempted to turn the space into a food court. At the time, the only food options in the mall were a sandwich shop and a restaurant located inside Kmart, as Walgreens had removed its in-store diner around the same time.[12] The food court was unable to attract restaurants, so the space was converted to an antique mall in 1990.[13] This space is now tenanted by Jumbo Buffet.[14]

Meis was bought out by Elder-Beerman in mid-1989.[15] Bergner's closed at the mall after the Christmas 1989 shopping season, due to the space being too small for a full-line department store.[16] Maurices and other stores repurposed the former Bergner's space.[17]

Kmart moved to a larger store outside the mall in 1993. Sears moved into a larger store in the vacated Kmart space a year later.[18] Soon afterward, the original Sears building became Wolf Furniture.[19] The space was later a medical training center, and became the offices for the city's newspaper. [20] Walgreens moved out of the mall in 2003.[21] In 2011, Elder-Beerman was rebranded as Carson's.[22] Sears closed at the mall in late 2014.[23]

Major tenants in the mall as of 2014 included Jo-Ann Fabrics, Christopher & Banks, rue21, and Shoe Dept.[24] In 2017, Rural King acquired the mall and announced plans to move a store support center into the former Sears.[25]. In July 2018 Rural King announced they will move there Mattoon store into the former Sears location in January 2019.


  1. ^ "Cross County Mall Renovation". Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "Shopping center construction to start". Mattoon Journal-Gazette. November 18, 1969. p. 1. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  3. ^ "Work under way on shopping facilities". Mattoon Journal-Gazette. December 15, 1969. p. 18. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  4. ^ "Mall ceremonies Thursday". Mattoon Journal-Gazette. October 26, 1971. p. 1. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  5. ^ "Modular store to open". Mattoon Journal Gazette. October 26, 1971. p. 3. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "Sears store open at shopping mall". Mattoon Journal Gazette. August 4, 1972. p. 5. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  7. ^ "K-mart will locate in mall". Mattoon Journal-Gazette. August 23, 1974. p. 1. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  8. ^ "Meis announces mall store plans". Mattoon Journal Gazette. December 17, 1976. p. 1. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  9. ^ "Meis plans grand opening". Mattoon Journal Gazette. March 1, 1978. p. 1. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  10. ^ "Myers Brothers stores purchased". Mattoon Journal Gazette. March 17, 1978. p. 1. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  11. ^ "Mall plans new stores". Mattoon Journal-Gazette. April 27, 1981. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  12. ^ Black, Paul (October 4, 1988). "Mall food court to feature up to nine new businesses". Mattoon Journal Gazette. p. 3. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  13. ^ Dickson, Ken (October 12, 1990). "A bit of Texas brought to Cross County Mall". Mattoon Journal Gazette. p. C1. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  14. ^ "Directory". Cross County Mall. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  15. ^ "Meis joins Elder-Beerman". Mattoon Journal Gazette. August 14, 1989. p. A5. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  16. ^ "Bergner to close store in January". Mattoon Journal Gazette. November 8, 1989. p. A3. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  17. ^ "New looks in leather". Mattoon Journal Gazette. September 19, 1990. p. D3. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  18. ^ Hargis, Sharon (September 30, 1994). "Sears store to open Saturday at mall". Mattoon Journal Gazette. pp. A1, A3. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  19. ^ Walworth, Carl (April 7, 1995). "New furniture store opening". Mattoon Journal Gazette. p. A3. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  20. ^ "Mattoon newspaper offices moving to Cross County Mall". January 19, 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  21. ^ Schwabbing, Dawn (January 16, 2003). "Walgreens leaves the mall for new location". Mattoon Journal Gazette. p. A3. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  22. ^ Fopay, Dave (July 25, 2011). "Mattoon Elder-Beerman to become Carson's". Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  23. ^ "Sears to close Mattoon store in late April". January 21, 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  24. ^ Hall, Erik (March 28, 2014). "Cross County Mall: Hometown mall offers many types of retailers, events". Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  25. ^ "Rural King acquires Cross County Mall". JOURNAL GAZETTE & TIMES-COURIER. November 6, 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 

External links

  • Official website

Coordinates: 39°29′04″N 88°20′35″W / 39.484453°N 88.343141°W / 39.484453; -88.343141

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