South Hill Mall is the only mall located in Puyallup, Washington, and is not a large mall, but serves as one of the several shopping centers located in the South Sound. The mall is a bit older (built in 1988) and while it is not run down, it does not have the shiny, bustling feeling of newer shopping centers like Southcenter or even like the revamped Tacoma Mall. Puyallup’s mall is all one story, and overall has a fair selection of stores for a small-town mall.
The mall is located prominently between older Puyallup and the large residential developments out around 176th and Meridian.
South Hill Mall
3500 S. Meridian
Puyallup, WA 98373
Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
South Hill Mall is anchored by five large stores—JCPenney, Macy’s, Sears, Target, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. This lineup has changed slightly over the years as stores come and go. The rest of the stores here are usual mall fare, and include several hair salons, gift stores, kids stores, and smaller clothing stores.
There is a small movie theater within the mall—a Regal Cinemas—that runs current films and can be a great place to park the teenagers in your group or take in a show yourself. Seating is not stadium-style. Next to the theater is a small arcade, which also amps up the kid-appeal of this mall.
The Puyallup mall has a food court with enough options to please everyone and, typical of mall food courts, quite affordable. Options include Quiznos, Greek food, Chinese food, Sbarro, a Mongolian grill, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Fox Hollow Coffee, and Cinnabon.
In the area directly around the mall are several sit-down options if you are interested in a slightly upgraded dining experience. Red Robin, Olive Garden, Applebee’s, Famous Dave’s, and there is a Krispy Kreme for dessert. One of the bordering streets to the mall is Meridian Avenue, which has just about every casual dining option available in the United States along it.
Several shopping plazas are in the areas around the mall, mostly along Meridian. These areas offer even more large stores, including everything from Wal-Mart to Home Depot and Lowe’s to several grocery stores. There are also many more restaurants located in these plazas. Shopping areas continue all the way up Meridian toward 176th and there is another heavy concentration of commercial development in that area, due to the large number of homes there.
While not open year-round, the Puyallup Fairgrounds are due south on Meridian Avenue. This is where the famed Puyallup Fair is held, as well as smaller events throughout the year, including the Victorian Country Christmas, Oktoberfest, and the Puyallup Spring Fair. During the Puyallup Fair, if you don’t want to deal with parking (which always costs a fee), you can park at South Hill Mall and catch a shuttle to the fair for a nominal fee.