Arrowhead Plaza Shopping Center
Arrowhead Plaza is a neighborhood strip mall that was Bismarck’s first shopping center. By some reports, Arrowhead is the oldest shopping center in North Dakota. Developed by T. Clem Casey, the center officially opened on November 11, 1953.
Despite its smaller footprint and relatively low-traffic location at the heart of a residential neighborhood, Arrowhead has seen limited tenant turnover throughout the years, maintaining a strong position as a major shopping destination.
In 1960, Arrowhead expanded northward to its present 60,000 square feet footprint. The expansion brought with it a larger Dan’s Supermarket store, along with the additions of a dry cleaner, bank, and hardware store.
Since its 1960 expansion, the neighborhood shopping center has seen little change, other than exterior facelifts in 1981 and 2011.
Dan’s Supervalu (now Dan’s Supermarket) has anchored the center since its opening in 1953, albeit in a smaller format. Other notable long-term tenants include US Bank, Plaza Drug, Plaza Beer Depot, a Hallmark store, and The Walrus Restaurant.
Long-time tenant Ben Franklin Crafts closed in 2007. Until its 2015 closure, Arrowhead Tesoro sat adjacent to Arrowhead Plaza for decades. It was the city’s last surviving full-service gas station.