In 2004, the Village Mall celebrated its 30th year of continuous operation as a specialty fashion mall. But this anniversary commemorated only a part of the rich history symbolized by the landmark property in the heart of downtown Farmington. For over 80 years, this classic structure has dominated the "four corners" of downtown Farmington.
Built in 1921 by the family of Governor Fred M. Warner, the Village Mall was originally designed to house the family banking business: Farmington State Bank, as well as other retail stores and businesses. Throughout much of the mid 20th Century, business prospered in this location, as Farmington State Bank became the Farmington branch of National Bank of Detroit (NBD), now Chase. In the mid 1950's, NBD relocated its bank business to a new site on the west side of Farmington Road, where it still operates today as Chase. For several years, the old Bank facility languished until it was sold by NBD to the present owners, who redeveloped the property into its current configuration.
The Village Mall is a testament to the American entrepreneurial spirit. For 30+ years, this facility has housed numerous "mom and pop" businesses that have often reflected the rich ethnic and cultural backgrounds of their owners. Throughout this period, there has consistently been a unique spirit of friendly cooperation, and a strong commitment to the fundamentals of the free enterprise system.
For a truly unique shopping experience, where friendly, personal service is still a family tradition, visit the Village Mall of Downtown Farmington.