Holyoke Mall is excited to celebrate our 40th Anniversary! For the past 40 years, Holyoke Mall has worked hard to provide Western Massachusetts with the highest quality shopping, entertainment, and dining experience. We are excited to share some of our favorite moments of the last 40 years and celebrate what makes Holyoke Mall unique. Thank you to our loyal shoppers who have helped us make Holyoke Mall Western Massachusetts’ largest shopping destination. We are excited and look forward to the next 40 years!
Holyoke Mall’s Grand Opening
On July 5, 1979, Pyramid Management Group and the Congel Family opened Holyoke Mall at Ingleside and welcomed the community to enjoy the shopping center’s 1.1 million square-feet of stores, 5,000 parking spaces, water fountains, architecture, and more. At the time, the shopping center included anchors such as G.Fox &Co., Steiger’s, Sears and JCPenney.
In 1995, Holyoke Mall expanded with an additional 500,000 square-feet, bringing it to its current size of 1.6 million square-feet. Additionally, another parking deck was constructed bringing the center’s parking capacity to over 7,000. The expansion brought nearly 50 new stores to the center and allowed others to grow.
Holyoke Mall Brings In Big Box Tenants
In 1999, Holyoke Mall welcomed Best Buy and Target into the shopping center. Traditionally only located in free-standing or strip mall locations, the addition of these big box tenants began an industry-wide trend.
In 2006, Macy’s opened their iconic department store in Holyoke Mall in what was previously known as Filene’s. The store features a wide variety of high-end brand such as Chanel, Free People, Michael Kors, and more. Recently, the store began renovations in technology, lighting, and flooring.
Holyoke Mall Becomes a Smoke-Free Property
In May 2012, Holyoke Mall became a tobacco-free property including both personal use as well as the sale of the tobacco products. In stride with the rest of the nation, Holyoke Mall remains smoke-free to this day in order to provide a comfortable, safe, and family-oriented environment.
Hobby Lobby’s First Massachusetts Location
Opening in March of 2013, Holyoke Mall welcomed the hobby and craft supply store to its 51,000 square-foot location on the Lower Level near Macy’s. Upon its opening the store employed 60 full and part-time staff members.
Free Electric Car Charging Stations
In May of 2013, Holyoke Mall took a step towards sustainability with the addition of two electric car charging stations at the shopping center. The stations are free to use and are located in the far side of the middle- parking deck near Macy’s.
In 2014, multi-million dollar center enhancements were completed throughout the center and included new floor tile throughout the common area, restroom remodels, new directional signage, re-facing of the Main Elevator, expanded and upgrade interior landscaping and soft seating areas and energy efficient lighting upgrades.
Holyoke Mall Brings In Entertainment
In 2016, the jungle-themed indoor playground, Billy Beez, opened as the center’s first entertainment destination. The park was designed with families in mind and features slides, interactive gaming, trampolines, sports courts, a “Mini Beez” section for toddlers, a “Honey Café”, serving healthy and kid-friendly refreshments, and more.
In November 2018, Comcast celebrated the opening of their newest Xfinity Store on the Upper Level of Holyoke Mall. The store was the first Xfinity Store in the region to open in a mall setting and is focused entirely around the needs of customers. The 4,691 square-foot location allows customers to have the opportunity to explore, learn about and interact directly with the latest Xfinity products and services
Round1 Bowling & Amusement
As the center’s newest entertainment venue, Round1 fills the entertainment void in Western Massachusetts and provides a variety of fun for all ages. The 51,642 square-foot location is home to 16 full lanes of bowling, six professional grade billiard tables, two karaoke rooms, and over 250 arcade games including exclusive games imported straight from Japan.
“I’ve been going to the Holyoke mall my entire life. While not only enjoying the various things to do it was a staple of my childhood and teenage years. Watching it evolve and grow is fantastic because I know I’ll bring my kids there some day. Seems kinda silly, but Holyoke is home.”
“Going to the mall when I have a list of gifts to get, or just for a stroll down and back. I love going into the Christmas Tree Shop and finding things I didn’t even know I wanted. The food court has anything I’m craving. I have been in the mood for a Greek Gyro for a while. The atmosphere of the Holyoke Mall is always cheery”
“I love Holyoke mall because I feel it’s a place that’s safe, a place that I can go and find what I need in a store, a place where I can eat at whether it be at a restaurant or the Food Court, a place where I can release my stress and have a me day or I can bring my bf family or friends I love the Holyoke mall cause it’s a place for all!”
“I loved of Holyoke Mall the family atmosphere you could feel inside. The friendliness and courtesy starting from all the maintenance, security employees to the stores employees too. I could do everything I need, go post office, pay my bills, banking, shopping groceries, shopping another stuff, time for pampering myself, have dinner or meet with family and friends and have fun. Love this mall. We see also the new changes which will help our juveniles and kids entertainment’s on positive ways on sports and games and be safe and out of streets. I recommend 100% Holyoke Mall. Blessings and thanks for. Everything you do for us the customers. We can’t wait to try this delicious food at the new Restaurant 100 Grill.”
“I love how much it is changing (for the better). Not only new shops and stores opening but amazing new restaurants and the new bowling place! It has become more than just a spot to shop!”
“I’ve been going to the Holyoke mall since I was a child, I have lots of memories there and I’ve seen changes throughout the years. My mother and father went there, my sisters and brothers went there and our children goes there. Is a great place to make memories great food great family place to hang great environment”
Images have been sourced from MassLive.com, The Republican, The Caldor Rainbow Blog, and Holyoke Mall archives.