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The old Metrocenter Mall JCPenney store is now a self-storage center

The first large commercial redevelopment has been completed at the site of Phoenix’s former Metrocenter Mall.  

The former JCPenney store, once filled with clothes, appliances and other household items, can now hold wine, boats and RVs.

Denver-based Southwestern Property bought the former anchor store and turned it into a climate-controlled Life Storage facility. The 157,000-square-foot building offers small lockers, storage units and parking spaces.

In June 2019, the property manager for Metrocenter Mall, Capital Asset Management, was hopeful the mall could become a sports and entertainment hub.

Metrocenter Mall officially closed in June 2020, but the JCP store, which was not part of mall ownership, had closed earlier.

When Metrocenter opened in 1973, it was Arizona’s first two story mall and attracted shoppers from across the region. It was believed to be the first mall west of the Mississippi River to have five department stores.

It’s the second recent redevelopment for big box stores around Metrocenter. Adelante Healthcare transformed the former Sports Authority store into a community health center.

As a senior field correspondent, Christina Estes focuses on stories that impact our economy, your wallet and public policy.