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Press Release - Southgate Mall Announcing Department Store Addition

Southgate Mall Announcing Department Store Addition

Tim Winger
General Manager
Southgate Mall

Missoula, MT (February 2019) — Missoula’s own Southgate Mall is proud to announce today that construction will begin on the former Herberger’s store for an expansion of anchor store Dillard’s.  Herberger’s closed their Missoula location last August following a company-wide national bankruptcy and liquidation sale. 

“We had confidence that valuable space would not remain dark for long,” says Tim Winger, General Manager of Southgate Mall.  “That location is tied to an area we call our ’50-yard line’ with dozens of community events occurring nearby throughout the year.  While our leasing and development teams worked behind the scenes on the Dillard’s project, we orchestrated our first-ever Boo ‘n Brew event on Halloween in that empty space, welcoming trick-or-treaters of all ages for world-class circus and magic shows.  Coming off the heels of Halloween, our ‘elves’ then transformed the building to become home to Santa’s North Pole for the holiday shopping season, serving as a festive gathering place for families and community members.”

Winger says, “The Southgate Mall team is absolutely thrilled that Dillard’s is seizing this opportunity.  We look forward to working with their extremely capable local team toward the new store opening.”

Dillard's ranks among the nation's largest fashion retailers with annual sales exceeding $6.2 billion. The retailer focuses on delivering style, service and value to its shoppers by offering compelling fashion, cosmetics and home selections complemented by exceptional customer care. Dillard's stores offer a broad selection of merchandise and feature products from both national and exclusive brands.

Lou Conforti, CEO and Director of Washington Prime Group, Southgate Mall’s parent company, stated: “I have previously espoused the virtues of Dillard’s as a consummate merchandiser for the simple reason they understand and, as importantly, respect the demographic constituencies which they serve. We expect more of the same as they expand into their second location at Southgate Mall which serves the City of Missoula, as well as western Montana.”

This marks a significant milestone for Southgate, partnering with a strong brand like Dillard’s to continue the growth and expansion of the regional shopping center.  In early 2018, the shopping center saw the opening of the AMC 9 Dine-In movie theater, then the opening of organic grocer Lucky’s Market later that spring. 

About Southgate Mall
Southgate Mall is the premier town center in Missoula and largest retail destination in Western Montana, comprising a trade area that extends 130 miles. Recognized as the “Best Shopping Mall in the State” by INSIDER Travel, Southgate Mall is home to more than 100 national and local retail, entertainment and dining options, as well as over 40 community events and activities throughout the year. A dynamic offering of things to do along with things to buy keeps guests engaged and returning often. Southgate Mall is open seven days a week; Monday to Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Southgate Mall is owned by Washington Prime Group. For more information, please visit or call (406) 721-5140. Be sure to like us on Facebook at and follow us on Instagram with @SouthgateMall.

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