|Location||Kansas City, MO, US|
|Address||5600 Bannister Road|
|Opening date||August 6, 1980|
|Closing date||May 31, 2007|
|No. of stores and services||180 at peak|
|No. of anchor tenants||4|
|Total retail floor area||1.1 million square feet|
|No. of floors||2|
Bannister Mall was a shopping mall in the southeast corner of Kansas City, Missouri opened on August 6, 1980. After nearly 27 years of operation, the mall closed on May 31, 2007. It was originally anchored by Dillard's (formerly Macy's), JCPenney, The Jones Store, and Sears.
Bannister Mall was built and opened in August 1980 at 5600 Bannister Road in Kansas City, Missouri between I-435 and Hillcrest Road. The area was once the site of the Three Trails (Santa Fe, California, and Oregon) and the Santa Fe trail actually crossed the original property. The mall was one of the largest malls in the Kansas City area and in the region in a previously vital and vibrant shopping area. In the early 1980s, Bannister Mall was the "place to go" with a draw over a large area that was mostly from South Kansas City, suburban Jackson County, Missouri, and Johnson County, Kansas. In 1988-1990, an area north and east of the mall called Benjamin Plaza was added to the commercial retail area.
In the late 1980s bus service from mid-town Kansas city was extended to the area, and by the mid to late 1990s with newer and more desirable developments further south and in Johnson County Kansas, the area began to wane. Also, due to consistent crime, the area around Bannister Mall earned a bad reputation. This combination led to the present blight of the area. By 2005, three of the four anchor stores in the mall were gone. In 2006, Sears closed leaving the mall anchor-less. Bannister Mall once hosted 180 stores, but by 2007 only 50 stores were open.
In April 2007, it was announced that due to low population and rising costs of operation that the mall would close. At the time, only half of the mall was open, with the northern part blocked off. The failure of the mall was largely due to migration to the suburbs and a perception of the area being unsafe. The only new construction in the area is the replacement of the Kansas City Fire Department's Fire Station 41, which once was facing Bannister Road and now is facing Hillcrest Road. The nearby Wal-Mart Supercenter closed in January 2007, which was a day before a new Wal-Mart opened on the site of the former Blue Ridge Mall now called Blue Ridge Crossing. The Bannister Wal-Mart was one of the company's earliest Hypermart stores, but it later changed to the Supercenter format. At the end of May 2007, Bannister Mall closed its doors.
Demolition and redevelopment
The mall was demolished in early 2009. In December 2009, the Kansas City Wizards, who had previously planned to build a new stadium on the site, finalized plans to build their stadium in Kansas instead. Lane4 Property Group, Inc. stated that they would continue development of the Bannister Mall site, but as a retail and office project called The Trails. After much delay on August 1, 2013 Cerner Corporation, a large medical information technology firm based in the Kansas City area, announced they would redevelop the former Bannister Mall location as a major office park housing future expansion of their corporation and perhaps other business entities as well. Cerner will acquire 236 acres to meet expected future growth of the company and could eventually employ an additional 12,000 to 15,000 workers. According to Cerner officials the site will include a training center, potential future data centers, and worker amenities such as on-site daycare, a health clinic, food service, and a fitness center. The corporation may also make a portion of the land available for other business developments such as a hotel, retail stores, and restaurants. Cerner had originally expressed interest in the site in 2009, and at various other times since, however a deal could not be finalized.
- JCPenney – (closed 2000)
- Dillard's – (closed 2002)
- formerly Macy*s
- The Jones Store Co. – (closed 2005)
- Sears – (closed 2006)
- Village West – opened in 2002
- Oak Park Mall – opened in 1975
- Blue Ridge Mall – (Demolished) – Blue Ridge Crossing is a new shopping center at the same site.
- Independence Center – opened in 1974
- Ward Parkway Center – opened in 1959
- "TIF panel OKs Bannister Mall redevelopment". Kansas City Star. 2007-11-08. Retrieved 2007-11-08.[dead link]
- "Smiley Face, Sad Face". Pitch Weekly. 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2007-05-28.
- "The Rise of Wal-Mart". Frontline. 2004-11-16. Retrieved 2007-05-28.
- "Demolition Begins On Old Bannister Mall". KMBC-TV. 2009-01-21.
- Roberts, Rob (2009-12-24). "Work starts on Kansas City Wizards stadium". Kansas City Business Journal.
- Collison, Kevin (1 August 2013). "Cerner to redevelop Bannister Mall site as office park with as many as 15,000 jobs". The Kansas City Star website. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
- Bannister Mall starts to fall[dead link]
- Dead Malls.com feature on Bannister Mall
- 3 Trails Village Community Improvement District's site (the district includes the mall area)
- "Mall's sad decline provides cautionary tale," Kansas City Star column by Mary Sanchez, May 21, 2007
- "The Trails" Lane4 Property Group's site about the redevelopment
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