The year 2021 was a big milestone for Huntington Mall. The super-regional center, located in Barboursville, West Virginia, celebrated its 40th Anniversary by getting a makeover. New signage, carpeting, interior landscaping, roofing, a new pylon sign with state-of-the-art video display, upgrades to interior and exterior lighting, repaving of parking areas and driving lanes are all designed to keep the complex up to date and inviting for all the people who work and visit this venerable shopping destination.
Something even more exciting was on the way.
The Cabell County Board of Education is now in the process of moving its Career and Technology Center to the Huntington Mall Complex. Thanks to an $87 million bond issue approved by local voters, the much needed expansion is taking place in what used to be a Sears department store. This is a transformational project for the community. It will more than triple the size of the current Career and Technology Center and provide greater access and opportunity for hundreds of local students.
When it first opened its doors in February 1981, Huntington Mall was all about the shopping. In many ways, it still is. At 1.5 million square feet, it’s the largest shopping mall in the state. Over the course of a year, people make nearly 2.5 million visits, coming not just from West Virginia but also from Ohio and Kentucky. Yet like consumers all over the country, those visitors have a taste for a little more than just a new dress or a pair of shoes. They come seeking entertainment, dining, a hotel room for the night or a variety of other services. Along with the enormous educational institution soon to open, other new and popular businesses have been arriving in 2022. Places like Grindstone Coffeeology, Pinkie’s Creations & Embroidery and ScragglePop Kettlecorn Shop are locally owned and have become “destination retailers” that lend flavor to an already impressive retail lineup.