The Pony Village Mall is a 341,000 square foot enclosed mall located in North Bend, on Oregon’s coast. Pony Village is the only enclosed mall on the entire Oregon coast, and serves the twin cities of North Bend and Coos Bay (sometimes jokingly, affectionately referred to as the “Bay Area” of Oregon).
When it opened, Valley River Center was the largest fully-enclosed mall in the state of Oregon. Today the mall is the third largest in the state, after Portland’s Lloyd Center and suburban Portland’s Washington Square. It’s also the largest mall between Portland and the San Francisco Bay Area – though that’s not saying much, considering the only competition is Medford, Redding, and Eureka.
Despite being the largest mall in Oregon at the time, the 1969 version of Valley River Center was much smaller than the behemoth it is today. The original mall consisted of two two-level anchors, a 181,000 square-foot Portland-based Meier & Frank, and a 206,000 square-foot JCPenney, which opened a few months later. These two anchors were connected by an enclosed single-level retail corridor, where San Francisco-based Roos-Atkins also operated a 35,000 square foot junior anchor on the east side of the mall near Meier and Frank. In total, the entire mall was 662,000 square feet, and was fully operational by early 1970.
Trudging along for over 30 years, Mall 205 left an indelible mark on shoppers located on the east side of Portland, Oregon. The mall opened in 1970 anchored by Montgomery Ward and White Front department stores, with enclosed in-line space between them. White Front went out of business in the late 1970s, but the mall didn’t suffer. Instead, [...]