The mall first opened at 2033 Harrodsburg Road as Lexington’s first enclosed shopping mall in August of 1967, that’s right, before Fayette Mall and even before the old Lexington Mall. The original anchors were Grant City, McAplin’s and Montgomery Ward. Grant City was the first of the anchors to close in 1976. That space was quickly filled by JC Penney. JC Penney would remain in this space until 1993 when the newer and rapidly growing Fayette Mall’s location of Hess Department Store Closed. JC Penney moved to Fayette Mall.
Turfland Mall was sold in 1997 and a 5 million dollar renovation project began. In 1998 McAlpins was sold to Dillard’s and later that year the old JC Penney Space was then replaced by a Dillard’s Home Store.
In December of 1990 the two screen theater at Turfland Mall was closed.
Montgomery Ward closed at Turfland Mall in 2000 and its space was reconfigured for use by a new Home Depot Store. On December 31, 2007 it was announced that Dillard’s would close both stores at Turfland Mall. The Dillard’s Home Store closed in April of 2008 with the main Dillard’s store remaining in operation until June 22, 2008. The final remaining retail unit remained in operation at Turfland mall was GNC. The GNC store closed on July 31, 2008. The mall closed to the public on October 1, 2008.
In February of 2014 demolition began and the mall was razed. The Lexington Herald Leader done a very nice job covering the demolition and included a complete photo set to document the mall’s demolition. That article can be found by clicking HERE
The site is now home to UK Healthcare at Turfland. Nice that they continued the use of the old name. 🙂