Originally the Oak Ridge Mall the Oak Ridge City Center is a mall located at 333 Main Street in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. After the 2nd World War ended the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission chose the site for the construction of a permanent shopping center. Guilford Glazer was chosen to build the center by the AEC during 1951. The center which replaced the area surrounding Jackson Square did not open until 1955 because the Korean War led to a steel shortage.
The Oak Ridge City Center was converted to an indoor mall when the walkways were enclosed and the floor area expanded by Crown American who purchased it at the end of the 1980's. The former anchors of the center include Proffitt's and Goody's Family Clothing. Current anchors for the center are Staples, JC Penney, Belk and Sears, Roebuck & Company.
The Oak Ridge City Center is open seven days a week. The center opens at 10 in the morning and closes at nine at night Monday through Saturday. On Sunday the mall does not open until 1 in the afternoon and closes early at six in the evening. The Oak Ridge Conference Center can be found in the Oak Ridge City Center.
The conference center has a facility that is over thirty-three thousand feet with two ballrooms, a banquet room, executive boardroom, club room and large dance floor. The facility allows you to choose your caterer and is East Tennessee's biggest public facility. Amenities are those of a full service facility.
The Oak Ridge Conference Center can be entered from the mall or from its separate entrance. The center can contacted directly to find out about specific rooms and amenities offered at the center. The mall itself has telephones, restrooms and an ATM for the convenience of patrons. There is also a community room and customer service to assist shoppers.
The Oak Ridge City Center can be reached from Interstate 40 or Interstate 75 depending on the direction that you are traveling from. When you are going to the mall from the North you will take I-75 North to the Clinton/Norris exit. At the exit turn right and take Highway 61 all the way through Clinton. (Highway 61 is also the Charles Seivers Boulevard). This road eventually becomes the Oak Ridge Turnpike, follow it until you reach the number seven traffic light at Rutgers Avenue and take a left. When you reach Wilson Street take a right, the Oak Ridge City Center is to the left.
The Oak Ridge City Center can also be reached from Knoxville, Chattanooga and areas to the west of Oak Ridge, Tennessee rather easily. Patrons should remember that the hours of the stores located in the mall may vary from those of the Oak Ridge City Center itself and should be contacted individually to confirm. Those seeking additional information about the mall and its services should contact the customer service or mall management office. Those interested in learning more about the Oak Ridge Conference Center at the mall can contact the facility directly.