Archive for Sunday, August 7, 2011

25 years ago: First national chain commits to Lawrence mall

August 7, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 7, 1986:

Dillards and two other national chains were “committed” to working with developers to build a shopping mall in downtown Lawrence, according to Don Jones of Jacobs, Visconsi & Jacobs. JVJ was working with Town Center Venture Corp. as developer of record trying to build a mall in the 600 block of downtown. Hannes Zacharias, the city’s liaison with the developer, said that the declaration by Dillards gave credence to the project, and City Manager Buford Watson said that it was “very important to begin talking about the project in some concrete terms because people were starting to get disappointed.” However, officials warned against too much excitement, saying that the opening of the mall was probably another three years away and that major obstacles still had to be overcome, such as the possible need to relocate the main Lawrence post office.


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