Northwest Plaza may find new life wit...

Northwest Plaza may find new life with new owner

There are 16 comments on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch story from May 26, 2006, titled Northwest Plaza may find new life with new owner. In it, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that:

When a California firm agreed this month to pay $47 million for Northwest Plaza, it got the region's largest indoor mall with a tiny price tag.

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shasha

Washington, DC

#1 May 31, 2006
I would love to see NW plaza resurrected. we have watched store by store move out and there is really nothing left of the mall.just having moved to bridgton from st. peters, I am glad to not have to deal with the Mid Rivers mall traffic. we need NW plaza and I like the idea of tearing part of it down and building outdoor storefronts, restaurants and a nice theatre. There is now a new Schnucks and Home Depot in the area. I believe there are still people in the area who would shop close to home for stores that are not at the Mills or WEst County. People with money still live in the area.
Jellio

Ballwin, MO

#2 May 31, 2006
Many of the stores that closed were feeling the pressure of shrinkage through theft. It was difficult finding employees who were not: scared to walk across the parking lot at night, stealing their employer's merchandise and money, not showing up for work yet still expecting a job and a paycheck. There needs to be some serious soul searching in the community. If you want businesses to open and stay there, you have to support them, respect their risk in your community, and support local law enforcement. I remember Northwest Plaza from several years ago. It was a place you could take your family, dine out, see a movie, do some shopping without being worried about who you looked at. I met my wife there. The place we met at closed up and moved.
Gen

Chesterfield, MO

#3 Nov 10, 2006
Jellio wrote:
Many of the stores that closed were feeling the pressure of shrinkage through theft. It was difficult finding employees who were not: scared to walk across the parking lot at night, stealing their employer's merchandise and money, not showing up for work yet still expecting a job and a paycheck. There needs to be some serious soul searching in the community. If you want businesses to open and stay there, you have to support them, respect their risk in your community, and support local law enforcement. I remember Northwest Plaza from several years ago. It was a place you could take your family, dine out, see a movie, do some shopping without being worried about who you looked at. I met my wife there. The place we met at closed up and moved.
I completely agree. I grew up in the neighborhood and used to hang out at NW Plaza as a teenager. I won't even step foot in the mall these days. Now it seems to only attract a certain type of people. I think the best thing to do is completely rebuild and bring a more classy atmosphere back to the mall.
Diana Votaw

Taipei, Taiwan

#4 Jul 17, 2007
I haved shopped there since I was 13 years old and I do miss the convenience of not shopping in our neighborhood.We miss going to Woolworth's and taking our luch break, popping a ballon to see how much we had to pay for our banana split. My Aunt is 88 years old and always hopes that someone will restore it and bring back the atmosphere of the good ole days.It can be done. Don't run it down to the ground. Let's figure out how to rebuild it so that everyone doesn't have to go west for a clothes or a gift. If the new owner is interested in purchasing an original water color painting of the house that was on the property before Northwest Plaza was built.It was painted by a student of Pattonville High School which was across the street. Please let me know because we have it and it is beautiful and is part of the history.Let's keep it going local residents. It doesn't have to continue the way we see it now as a ghost town or a low class plaza. We are hoping to see it happen soon.
orion

AOL

#5 Jul 17, 2007
We spoke about NW plaza before. Regardless of what the owners do they cannot change the demographics of the area and the fact that a large amount of potential customers were lost because of the airport buy out in bridgeton. Many whites will no longer shop there because of the violence that has transpired and because they are intimidated by the groups of young blacks. No matter what they do they arent going to transform the place into a northwest county version of Plaza Frontenac. Sorry-I hate to be negative but I think we are kicking a dead horse. You might as well try to rebuild Riverroads in Jennings to restore the place to its glory days in the early 70s. Just because you put up the buildings does not mean the people will come.
dmv

Taipei, Taiwan

#6 Jul 20, 2007
orion wrote:
We spoke about NW plaza before. Regardless of what the owners do they cannot change the demographics of the area and the fact that a large amount of potential customers were lost because of the airport buy out in bridgeton. Many whites will no longer shop there because of the violence that has transpired and because they are intimidated by the groups of young blacks. No matter what they do they arent going to transform the place into a northwest county version of Plaza Frontenac. Sorry-I hate to be negative but I think we are kicking a dead horse. You might as well try to rebuild Riverroads in Jennings to restore the place to its glory days in the early 70s. Just because you put up the buildings does not mean the people will come.
While you are digging the dirt to bury the dead horse you might just find gold.If you think it is Faded Glory then let's bring back the Glory otherwise they could expand the cemetary across the street. Now, sttrrreeeennnnnggggggttttttthh hhhhhh your imagination for a moment. Could it be like a Mini New York Mall with new flavors? We go not just to west county but literally around the world experiencing new flavors,cultures, styles. From Italian,Mexican,Chinese, Japanese, French, Israeli,Jamican, Cuban,Indian,Greek and ....I even travel to Ruston Louisiana to eat good soul food at Mrs.Buelah's so why couldn't this be one big food Court along with shops to entreat travelers from our International Airport. We need to get out of the box and quit thinking local and begin to wet the appetite for the hungry traveler and the shop till you drop customer.It sounds like another Epcot Center! Muy Loco! I don't tink so. Forget about it! It's a new day and what does color got to do with it? The future of Northwest Plaza starts with a wild imagination. It could be a New Northwest "The Land of Plenty" or maybe "The New World Mall" I might be just a dreamer but don't forget so was Walt Disney. Dreams + money can make it happen!
Lolitha

Taipei, Taiwan

#7 Jul 20, 2007
You be meaning stretch not strength. Right? I got the message. Sounds like a plan to me!
Jellio

Wentzville, MO

#8 Jul 24, 2007
What concerns me most is that St. Ann seems to be focused on one thing at a time. NW Plaza is the next, new, big, shiny thing, and I'd love to see it revived. Until they make it safe to go to your car without being carjacked, they're waisting their time. But, they've forgotten every other development effort and put all of their hopes on this one. Why aren't they talking about the 115 million dollar makeover of Lambert, and the fact that Cypress will be the big exit for the airport. Are they courting businesses to look at the possibilities? I dare you to try to figure out what they'll do next. I'll bet they don't have a clue.
Uncle Rich

Taipei, Taiwan

#9 Jul 25, 2007
No clue...but an awesome plan.
Jellio

Wentzville, MO

#10 Jul 30, 2007
The problem is, what plan? Other than all their eggs in one basket, NW Plaza. What happened to all of the other redevelopment plans that they've had in St. Ann. If they have one, they're not telling anyone. Don't bother with Stannmo.org , their official website. It's most recent posting of meeting minutes is from April 2007. They've got this very informative way of keeping people up-to-date on what's going on, but they rarely update it. So, we homeowners are left in the dark, always. Or, is that what they want?
orion

AOL

#11 Jul 30, 2007
dmv wrote:
<quoted text>
While you are digging the dirt to bury the dead horse you might just find gold.If you think it is Faded Glory then let's bring back the Glory otherwise they could expand the cemetary across the street. Now, sttrrreeeennnnnggggggttttttthh hhhhhh your imagination for a moment. Could it be like a Mini New York Mall with new flavors? We go not just to west county but literally around the world experiencing new flavors,cultures, styles. From Italian,Mexican,Chinese, Japanese, French, Israeli,Jamican, Cuban,Indian,Greek and ....I even travel to Ruston Louisiana to eat good soul food at Mrs.Buelah's so why couldn't this be one big food Court along with shops to entreat travelers from our International Airport. We need to get out of the box and quit thinking local and begin to wet the appetite for the hungry traveler and the shop till you drop customer.It sounds like another Epcot Center! Muy Loco! I don't tink so. Forget about it! It's a new day and what does color got to do with it? The future of Northwest Plaza starts with a wild imagination. It could be a New Northwest "The Land of Plenty" or maybe "The New World Mall" I might be just a dreamer but don't forget so was Walt Disney. Dreams + money can make it happen!
Your idea sounds neat-now find a developer whos willing to take the risk and a city administration bold enough to implement it. Would be great if it would happen but I dont think it can or that it will. I would be ecstatic if I was wrong. Disneyworld was surrounded by emtpy land and built on a "tabula rasa" [empty slate].
Lets just say the milieu in northwest county is a bit different.
Uncle Rich

Taipei, Taiwan

#12 Aug 5, 2007
A clue: He lives in STL and plays golf at Glen Echo Country Club and rates amoung the top in wealth in STL and hangs with the big guys and sets behind home plate almost every game he is in time. That is when he is not on the mountain in Aspen or a island in the Caribbean.
Who is he?
sandb

Maryland Heights, MO

#13 Sep 14, 2008
steve and berrys is closing. i wonder why? that store seems to get more business than any store in that mall...
Reader

Elsah, IL

#14 Jul 26, 2013
This area will make one hell of a comuter parking lot .Also the new owner will have cheap taxes .Just another example of Obamas Shovel Ready Stimulias for America .
Ghetto

Hillsboro, MO

#15 Aug 5, 2013
Perhaps if it wasn't in the Ghetto and over run by North County thugs, it could be successful! Unfortunately that's not going to happen.
Pale Dago

O Fallon, MO

#16 Aug 9, 2013
Agree.
Ghetto wrote:
Perhaps if it wasn't in the Ghetto and over run by North County thugs, it could be successful! Unfortunately that's not going to happen.

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