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OKC Malls


Many people love shopping, especially shopping on vacation.  While some people (mostly men) would point out that shopping at a mall while out of town is much the same as shopping at the mall down the street from your home, sometimes it’s more the experience of being in a different mall that’s the point.  To that end, here are a few of the local Oklahoma City malls you might want to check out when you’re in town.

Penn Square

This is my favorite mall, mainly because it’s less than five miles from my house.  There was a time when Penn Square wasn’t that great of a place, but about fifteen years ago, the mall underwent a major face lift, and today, it’s very nice. Penn Square sports a JC Penney’s, a Dillard’s, and, as of last year, a Macy’s.  You’ll also find other specialty shops like Godiva Chocolates, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Hot Topic, Waldenbooks, Sharper Image, and GameStop.  There’s even a Build-A-Bear for the kids.

If you get hungry wall shopping, just head up the escalators near the central fountain and check out the food court. Penn Square has a Sonic, Chik-Fil-A, Subway, Gyros & Pitas, and more.  There’s also Pepperoni Grill and Laredo’s restaurants located inside the mall, and the Elephant Bar and Cheesecake Factory are within walking distance. 

Once you’ve shopped and had a nice lunch, you can finish off your day of shopping with a movie at the Dickenson theater located on the second floor near Penney’s.  One of the nice things about this theater is that it’s rarely completely full, so it’s a nice place to go for a quiet movie.

For directions and a complete list of stores, visit the Penn Square website.

Quail Springs

For those of you in the Northern part of OKC, Quail Springs mall is the mall of choice.  It’s easily as large as Penn Square and contains the same three large department stores (Penney’s, Dillard’s, and Macy’s) and a Sears.  A few of the other stores you’ll find at Quail Springs include Bath and Body Works, The Disney Store, Yandle Candle, Kay Jewelers, and Wilson’s Leather. 

The food court of Quail Springs is downstairs.  It’s bigger than Penn Square and has a few more selections, including Charley’s Steakery, Cold Stone Creamery, El Chico’s Mexican restaurant, Orange Julius, Taco Bell, and a Sbarro.  Connected to the food court is an AMC Theater with 24 different screens.  There are also plenty of restaurants near Quail Springs, so it’s very easy to find a great meal before or after your shopping.

Everything about Quail Springs can be found on their website.

Shepard Mall

I only mention Shepard Mall here so as to help you avoid disappointment.  I said earlier that Penn Square is the closest mall to me, but actually, Shepard Mall is since it’s located on 23rd street.  However, Shepard Mall really isn’t a mall.  It used to be, but most of the space is now used for offices.  A local insurance company, several government offices (including the Social Security Office), and an internet service provider are just a few of the companies housed in Shepard Mall now.  There are (or at least were) a few restaurants in the building, but they exist mainly to offer employees a place to get lunch before heading back to their offices.

CrossRoads Mall

Finally, we have the Southern most Oklahoma City mall—CrossRoads Mall.  CrossRoads used to be the Oklahoma mall, but it’s kind of declined in the past few years.  However, it still contains a good number of stores, including Dillard’s, Penney’s, and Macy’s, and shops like American Eagle, Finish Line, Victoria’s Secret, Spencer Gifts, and Helzberg Jewelers.

The CrossRoads food court is the smallest of the OKC malls, but it does include several different restaurants such as Taco Mayo, Orange Julius, Sbarro, and Chik-Fil-A.  However, this is the mall to go to if you want entertainment.  In addition to a large theater, CrossRoads features Lemans Family Fun Center (an arcade), Singer’s Choice Karaoke, and Xtreme Mini Golf. 

Like the other malls, you can find everything you need to know about CrossRoads at their website.

There you have it: a list of OKC’s largest malls (and one pseudo-mall that you’ll probably want to avoid).  Whether you’re just killing some time or looking to pick up a few things during your visit, I wish you happy shopping!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mandy // Mar 23, 2008 at 1:33 am

    Macy’s at Crossroads closed. When I moved here last year people told me to avoid crossroads because of all the gang activity. I’ve driven by a few times (during the day) and it never really seemed that bad.

  • 2 BPD in OKC // Apr 20, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Crossroads is okay during the day, but I definitely wouldn’t go there after dark.

    Penn Square is my favorite mall, but it’s also the busiest. I prefer to go to Quail Springs sometimes just because it’s not as busy.

  • 3 matutina // Sep 1, 2009 at 3:05 am

    nice buildings, i like the one in penn square

  • 4 Darren // Aug 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I agree w/ everything said here, especially about Crossroads Mall. I remember how nice it really looked until recent years it’s not looked the same. Still looks good…somewhat. True about gang activity, I don’t go there at night. CM is 75% vacant and all four of its anchor stores are gone. Looks kinda spooky w/ so many vacancies. Sad it’s gotten to this. CM is 36 years old (opened in Feb. 1974) so it’ll be interesting to see if it actually lasts another 4 years.

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