TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson’s oldest mall has been sold for $81.7 million to a
group fronted by the owner of the NFL’s St. Louis Rams.
Stanley Kroenke planned to continue operating the nearly 93-acre property as a
The Arizona Daily Star said the deal marks an end to a
54-year run of the Kivel and Papanikolas families operating the El Con Mall.
The two families opened El Con in 1960 next to Tucson’s first resort, the El
Conquistador, which opened in 1928.
With original anchor tenants such as Montgomery Ward and Woolworth’s, the mall
prospered for decades.
Its fortunes plummeted in the late 1980s as once-prominent retail stores began
to fold nationwide.
Beginning in the early 2000s, national retailers returned to El Con including
Home Depot, Target and Walmart.