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Wanna Buy Crestwood Court? 57-Year-Old County Mall Goes Up for Auction Online

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Crestwood Court.
Are you in the market for a 100 percent vacant, 1.1 million square-foot regional mall in southwest St. Louis County? Because, boy, do we have a deal for you.

Bidding is open online for Crestwood Court, originally Crestwood Mall, a shopping destination that opened in the '50s and became a neighborhood fixture until about ten years ago. The starting bid is $1,000,000.

See also: Crestwood Court: Post-Apocalyptic Portraits of the Abandoned Mall (PHOTOS)

Real estate agents from CBRE Group Inc., were brutally honest about the enormous amount of work needed to return Crestwood Court to its glory days of retail:

"Crestwood Court lost its market share and the mall closed its doors in July 2013," CBRE says about the mall on the auction page. "The linear floor plan, limited parking fields, and lower level food court are all factors of the property that have prevented Crestwood Court from maintaining its competitive stance. A significant re-development of the property will be necessary to meet the substantial demand of the communities that have relied on Crestwood Court for their shopping needs for decades."

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Bid for Crestwood Court online.
See also: The Time Has Finally Come for ArtSpace to Leave Crestwood Court -- For Now

Things started to really go downhill for Crestwood Court in 2007, when Dillards left, but the mall's revitalization efforts earned it the Riverfront Times' Best Mall in St. Louis 2009:

A casting call for the George Clooney flick Up in the Air was held here in January, and these days once-empty storefronts are home to theater and dance companies, a costume studio, the St. Louis Calligraphy Guild, a yoga studio, the perplexingly named shop I Don't Want to Kiss a Llama, and many others, transforming a doddering center of passive consumerism into a nexus of active creation. Perhaps this mall is best summarized by the storefront for Repurposed, which houses a display of shredded lampshades, peeling wooden chairs, mangled chandeliers and this sign: "It's not trash. It's not worn, it's not out-dated. It's not ruined. It is a 'been-there-done-that' that's about to go somewhere else...Repurposed. New life, new meaning."

By 2011, a lot of those arts groups were kicked out of the mall to make way for renovations. By 2013, the mall was dead for sure.

Agents say there's money to be made at the 47-acre, time-tested St. Louis County site for developers who can see past the big, dead building and imagine a "more modern, open-air mixed use concept" complete with "big-box retail, multi-family or medical office" businesses, according to the listing.

So maybe someone with deep pockets will see potential in the ol' mall -- for something besides urban exploring -- and restore it to its moneymaking ways. We're imagining a third outlet mall to battle the new ones in Chesterfield.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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Crestwood Court

Watson & Sappington roads, Crestwood, MO

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Joan Thomas
Joan Thomas

I would almost like to be able to add this one to my list of closed shopping centers. And it's not a buy-out. :)

Walt Masters
Walt Masters

Why can't they make it a.multi.purpose building. Training center for job creation Youth alternative hang out safe place Homeless shelton Etc....

Jamison Kilbride
Jamison Kilbride

Back in my day, we had two brothers drive a used police car thru it while admiring the new Oldsmobiles and Disco pants and haircuts while being chased by police.

Jennifer Wilson Kussin
Jennifer Wilson Kussin

To bad they can't turn it into a sports multi complex. Racket ball, volley ball, bating-cage, ice hockey, in-line hockey, basketball, tennis court, rock climbing, in-door soccer, dodge ball, Olympic swimming.

Josh Bucher
Josh Bucher

They should open it up to photoshoots. It would look great as a post-apocalyptic place. Preferably, something Fallout related.

Kathleen Wilson Griswold
Kathleen Wilson Griswold

I hate to see perfectly good building space go to waste. I hope an innovative person or group with some cash can turn it into something great. Crestwood needs some rejuvenation.

Angela Fuller Weber
Angela Fuller Weber

Denise - they are building a Wal Mart on Watson where Kenrick runs into it before you hit McKenzie Place - Dierbergs, etc. Used to be a movie theatre...as long as they don't mess with Lubeley's...you know...;-) Wish they would do something with all that mall space....sad to see it sit empty...

Tim Corkill
Tim Corkill

They wont give me a loan..I wanted to make it into a liquor ,guns ,and whorehouse...maybe another walmart, costco ,sams superpalace

Mike Klobnak
Mike Klobnak

A news report over the weekend said many malls are closing down as a thing of the past.

Bob McCollum
Bob McCollum

This mall going under is akin to part of my childhood sinking into a deep abyss of despair. I hope they can find something to do with it because it's really a pretty cool spot for all kinds of entertainment.

Soy Sauceman
Soy Sauceman

Call it "The Antique Mall of Missouri." Have a weekend flea market every week of the year. Fill the whole thing with secondhand dealers of records, books, antiques, furniture, maps, clothes, art, lawn furniture, household items, collectibles, stamps, crafts, coins, comic books, etc. Put all of the antique malls in strip malls out of business. Sell food and drinks, and put in a theater for live theater and musical performances. Sell pumpkins and Christmas trees from the parking lot in the fall/winter, sell garden supplies and plants in the spring. Sell everything that a modern housewife or househusband needs to decorate, maintain, and beautify a home. Get two anchor tenants who sell new household goods.

Darla Cook
Darla Cook

Westfield killed the mall with high rents, they ran off tenants. No heat in winter, no air in summer. No maintenance. They squeezed a few dollars out and ran. I don't see a huge football fields long parking lot as useful. When was the last time you saw any parking lot filled except at Xmas?

ddecember
ddecember

What killed it was the sky high rents that Westfield started charging. It was freezing in winter and hot in summer as they kept the running the stores out and letting the maintenance go. There is plenty of parking. I rarely see the major lots anywhere full. It could be a great place if the aldermen in Crestwood stop dithering.

Irene Brooks
Irene Brooks

Something institutional would be great in that space. A school or office complex would work.

Harrison Elfrink
Harrison Elfrink

I remember both Crestwood Court and N.W. Plaza had really fun arcades, and I remember spending quarters playing "Rampage" in the Crestwood arcade. Why do the malls with the fun arcades have to be the ones that die? :-/

Melissa Hatfield
Melissa Hatfield

Avianne Clay Joan Thomas. Guess what is going up for sale on Auction.com?

Sade Donovan
Sade Donovan

How is it 57 yrs old..I remember when it was a strip mall when I was a kid and im only 41..

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

I miss when it was the Art Space mall.

Doug Tull
Doug Tull

They didn't keep up with changing trends, demographics and consumer tastes.

Ange Rhoden
Ange Rhoden

I would love to see the drive in back in that area.....like the good old days!

Eric Reed
Eric Reed

I remember when Crestwood was the best mall in the county, before South and West Counties upgraded. You had the food court downstairs with Exhilarama, and they had a movie theatre too...I hope someone can find something to do with the building

Mike W. Petersen
Mike W. Petersen

Can we all just chip in ten bucks and recreate the chase scene from the Blues Brothers? "The new Oldsmobiles are in early this year..."

ut_4_me
ut_4_me

I lived in the Sappington area of South County for a number of years and really liked this mall.  The downside was the food court which was limited in size but not really terrible.  IMHO what killed Crestwood Plaza was the lack of access to a major interstate. 

johnhoffmann
johnhoffmann

Lindsay,

Crestwood Court was NOT originally Crestwood Mall...This was one of the first large suburban shopping centers in the St. Louis area.  Developers originally wanted it on Watson Road at Grant Road in Wesbter Groves, but Webster did not want it. 


For years it was known and promoted as CRESTWOOD PLAZA and had a longtime advertising campaign of "Crestwood Plaza where the big stores are."  This was an outdoor mall with a Sruggs Vandervoot and Barney Department Store on the west end and a Stix Baer and Fuller on the east end.  You walked to stores, like Boyds, Pope Cafeteria and many others under a covered sidewalk. 

klconq
klconq

@johnhoffmann  The mall was the site of a JFK presidential campaign appearance in 1960.

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