Mall 205 - SE Portland, OR - a mall named for the nearest Interstate

Mall 205 at the junction of South East Washington Street and I-205 in Portland, Oregon is an enclosed shopping mall. There is a food court and more than forty stores within Mall 205. Target, Bed Bath & Beyond and The Home Depot are among the anchor stores. The Target store in the mall is two stories tall making it the largest in the state of Oregon. In 2001 Central Cal properties acquired and renovated Mall 205.

Mall 205 originally opened during 1970 with the anchor stores of White Front, Troutman's Emporium and Montgomery Ward the mall is 400,000 square feet. In the mid 1970's White Front closed and was replaced with mall space. No other major changes were made through the 1990's even when Clackamas Town Center opened. A food court was added to Mall 205 during 2003, the planed movie theater did not make it into the renovations.

The anchor stores of Mall 205 were left vacant when Emporium and Montgomery Ward closed down the stores. After the closures several tenants began to leave Mall 205 and Center Oak Properties which is now Central Cal Properties bought the mall and starting twenty million dollars worth of renovations. During the renovation the former Montgomery Ward location was turned into the two level Target store and the Emporium site became Home Depot. In addition a number of other tenants were added to Mall 205.

24 Hour Fitness has a location in Mall 205. The facility offers personal training, a variety of exercise classes in addition to a number of other features and benefits. The 24 Hour Fitness located in Mall 205 offers a number of choices for memberships that can be gotten online or at the club itself to suit your personal needs. Amenities at the fitness center include free weights, group exercise, an indoor lap pool and sauna in addition to several others.

Tan Rio Mall 205 located in Mall 205 has a number of tanning beds and is conveniently located near Baja Fresh and Panda Express which are near the 24 Hour Fitness and Home Depot in the mall. The mall also has a Burger King, Subway, and banks for people's convenience. Other stores such as Pizza Schmizza, Famous Footwear, Car Stereo City and Wildhorse Bakery Cafy have all been added as tenants of Mall 205 since the upgrades to the facilities began.

Mall 205's parking lot was renovated when the upgrades to the facilities were done. Rectangular grids with twenty foot sidewalks and nine hundred additional trees were put in. To give the parking lot the appearance of a park a ditch was installed to catch the runoff from the parking lot and feeders for birds were put in. The storefronts were replaced with glass and colorful awnings put in.

While Mall 205 has undergone rough patches the renovations and additions ensure that it has something for everyone. It doesn't matter whether you need to work out, shop or handle financial business Mall 205 makes it easy to handle everything in one place.

Renee Dutton
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Jan 27, 2017 @ 3:15 pm
I was wondering, since Mall 205 was opened in 1970, how was the name "Mall 205" given to it, since the I-205 Freeway wasn't completed until 1983?

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