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White Oaks Mall, Springfield

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White Oaks Mall is a shopping center in Springfield, Illinois, United States. It is located at the junction of Illinois Route 4 (Veterans Parkway) and Wabash Avenue. With 928,772 square feet (86,285.7 m2) of retail space, it is the largest enclosed shopping center in Central Illinois. The mall's anchor stores are Macy's, Michaels, LA Fitness, and Dick's Sporting Goods. There are 2 vacant anchor stores that were once Bergner's and Sears.

The mall is located on the southwest side of Springfield, approximately five miles (8 km) southwest of the traditional city center. Construction started in 1974 and opened in 1977. In the early 1990s, it underwent a $14 million renovation which included the addition of a new food court. A carousel was installed in 1997.

White Oaks Mall houses over 100 stores. Its operator, the Simon Property Group, which owns 80.7% of the mall, describes White Oaks Mall as a "super-regional shopping mall". The mall shares its name with the White Oak, the state tree of Illinois.

The original planned name of the mall was Westroads Mall. Ed McMahon and Billy Carter attended the grand opening held on August 24, 1977.
White Oaks Mall has a children's play area. Children's Place and Carter's specialize in juvenile clothing.
Two major closure announcements were made in 2018. In April, it was announced that Bergner's would be closing around July 2018 as part of a plan to close all stores nationwide. In May, it was announced that Sears would be closing its White Oaks store in September 2018 as part of a plan to close 78 stores nationwide. After Bergner's and Sears closed, Macy's became the only traditional-sized anchor store doing business at White Oaks.

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  • It's a nice mall, not terribly large. The property seems to be well kept and clean with adequate parking. Most malls center around clothing and this one does too, but there is a fair amount of...  more »
  • I had not been to White Oaks Mall for about 3 years. I was amazed to see how it was updated and redesigned from the last time I shopped there. I was very impressed. All the stores were occupied...  more »
  • I am specifically reviewing the kids' play center. The play center has only one entrance/exit, which I love. It's a fun activity center with equipment to climb on and under. It's a great place to stop by when shopping with young children who NEED to have a break.
  • I live in Florida and I come up to visit my kids, this is the mall they want to go too. The Mall was very nice and well set up. My kids found a few things to buy in some of the stores. The only reason this place for me is a 4 star is I feel like it did not have enough places to choose from in the food court. Other then that I would have given it a 5 star. I would definitely go back tho.

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