The late 1970s and 1980s witnessed the next wave of commercial development in the form of office development. The first office development was of the Community Federal Building (now the headquarters for Edward Jones) followed by growth in office development along the Manchester Road West corridor.
Substantial office growth has also taken place immediately north of the Des Peres borders in an unincorporated pocket at Interstate 270 and Manchester Road.
Redevelopment of West County Center was the issue of the 1990s. Developed in the 1960s as one of the first regional shopping centers in the metropolitan area, West County had seen it's predominate status overshadowed by redevelopment of Northwest Plaza, Crestwood Plaza, The Galleria, and Chesterfield Mall.
The importance of West County Center to the financial stability of the City of Des Peres cannot be overstated and resulted in proactive efforts by the City to revitalize the mall.
That effort culminated in 1997, with the decision by Nordstrom's to locate it's only St. Louis area store at West County and the City of Des Peres' agreement to provide up to $29.8 million in Tax Increment Financing to assist in the effort to redevelop West County. The development plan was approved in June 1998 with construction delayed until February 2001 by litigation filed by the owners of Chesterfield Mall challenging the use of TIF for the project.
The new regional mall, renamed Westfield Shoppingtown West County, opened in September 2002 and is anchored by Famous Barr, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, JC Penney, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.