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« Reply #30 on: April 19, 2009, 08:36:16 AM »

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still i just dont think a mall can  benefit from a wal mart they just dont mix with malls same gos  for other stores as well


Very true, Just take a look a The Rhode Island Mall, It doesn't quite get the benefit from their Walmart, especially when it doesn't open into the mall!


soon that mall will be home to a new wal mart super center after its done killing it unless theres any other ancore stores there  


Well Kohl's & Sears are the other anchors, and according to the site "Dead Malls" Many of the mall's vacant spaces have been purchased by Royal Ahold, owners of the Stop & Shop supermarket franchise.

So, Royal Ahold might be attempting to keep the Wal-Mart from being converted to a Supercenter.

So will we see a Walmart Supercenter? Possibillity is still kinda high.


what might happend is they might build it and still keep sears and kohls and just turn it into a huge shopping center whitch i hope wont happen  


Isn't this conversation a little bit off topic?:huh:

I know that there's dozens of malls that benefit from ShopKo being an anchor at a mall. The same goes for Kmart and Target. Very few Walmarts have mall locations, as they prefer to operate out of their Supercenter locations.


Rushmore Mall in Rapid City, SD had a Target from the early 80's until recently. Of course they relocated.
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« Reply #31 on: April 22, 2009, 08:44:15 PM »

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still i just dont think a mall can  benefit from a wal mart they just dont mix with malls same gos  for other stores as well


Very true, Just take a look a The Rhode Island Mall, It doesn't quite get the benefit from their Walmart, especially when it doesn't open into the mall!


soon that mall will be home to a new wal mart super center after its done killing it unless theres any other ancore stores there  


Well Kohl's & Sears are the other anchors, and according to the site "Dead Malls" Many of the mall's vacant spaces have been purchased by Royal Ahold, owners of the Stop & Shop supermarket franchise.

So, Royal Ahold might be attempting to keep the Wal-Mart from being converted to a Supercenter.

So will we see a Walmart Supercenter? Possibillity is still kinda high.


what might happend is they might build it and still keep sears and kohls and just turn it into a huge shopping center whitch i hope wont happen  


Isn't this conversation a little bit off topic?:huh:

I know that there's dozens of malls that benefit from ShopKo being an anchor at a mall. The same goes for Kmart and Target. Very few Walmarts have mall locations, as they prefer to operate out of their Supercenter locations.


Rushmore Mall in Rapid City, SD had a Target from the early 80's until recently. Of course they relocated.

You have to read the title. It's "Make up a Mall," not "Discuss mall Anchor Stores!"
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« Reply #32 on: May 27, 2009, 04:24:31 PM »

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The story of Eagle City Mall begins with the story of the city of Eagle City, itself. Eagle City, established in 1699, was a city located in the state of Generica. The states that border Generica are as followed: Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Oregon, and Texas. The first settlers in Eagle City were the French. The city was then known as New Paris, and was a major fur trading post. In 1779 when the British took over, the name was changed to Generica City. When the Americans took over Generica City from the British, the name was finally changed to Eagle City.
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On October 21, 1973, a new mall opened in Eagle City, off of Interstate 6, it was known as Eagle City Mall. It's first anchors were Bradlees, Kohl's, Montgomery Ward, and Sears, and 254 smaller stores. The mall opened with great fanfare, 1,453 people attended the grand opening ceremony. In 1990, an expansion with Caldor opened. The first 200 people who showed up to the grand opening of Caldor received an NES with a copy of Super Mario Bros. 3. A new food court which included a Burger King, Taco John's, Subway and Sbarro also opened that same year. Caldor closed in 1999, followed by Bradlees, in 2000, followed by Wards in 2001. ShopKo replaced Caldor, JCPenney replaced Bradlees, and Dillards replaced Wards. The mall still continues to prosper to this day, even with new tourist attractions opening up nearby, such as an outdoor Nickelodeon Universe theme park with its own Nickelodeon TV Studio, Nick Hotel, and a 50 foot bronze statue of SpongeBob SquarePants, directly located across Interstate 6 (The New Hampshire-Wisconsin-Florida Expressway) from Eagle City Mall.


A 50 foot tall statue of Spongebob Squarepants? :insane: That's just too funny.
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« Reply #33 on: May 28, 2009, 05:34:24 PM »

The Passway Corner Mall


-Construction began in 1997, 3 Floors built, 10+ Anchor Spaces-

December 1997 - Half the mall is open with 2 Anchors - Caldor & Ames, with The malls first stores, DEB/CVS/Victoria's Secret/GameStop/Waldenbooks/Yankee Candle.

February 1998 - Webster Bank opens in the mall, JCPenney becomes an Anchor. The Mall only sees 34 visitors per week, The owners have a meeting with Store Retailers.

April 1998 - Caldor Closes, JCPenney moves into The Caldor Anchor. Macy*s moves into the old JCPenney Anchor. The Disney Store/Radio Shack/Gap/Kay Jewler's Opens in the mall on the other side, opening the malls opposite side.

May 1998 - The Malls owners see little improvement in shoppers. FYE/Saturday Matinee/Spencer's Gifts/Dress Barn opens in the mall.

June 1998 - Christmas Tree Shops becomes an Anchor the top level of Christmas Tree becomes Bed Bath Beyond.

September 1998 - The Food Court Opens with McDonalds/Subway/Burger King/ TGI Friday's/Dairy Queen/Orange Julius/Sbarro/Panda Buffet/Arby's/Friendly's/and Olive Garden.

February 1999 - Ames Closes. Kohl's opens on the top and middle level of the Former Ames, Ocean State Job Lot opens into the Lower Level.

May 1999 - ToyRUS becomes an anchor, but is split into KidsRUS and BabiesRUS. So ToysRUS is Top, KidsRUS in the middle, BabiesRUS on the bottom. KB Toys opens in the mall.

October 1999 - The owners see huge improvement. JCPenney opens a Hair Salon and Photo Studio in there store. Lenscrafters opens in the mall.

March 2000 - Best Buy and Target opens as Anchors. Ruby Tuesday opens in the food court. The Food Court gets expannded for a Fountain and Arcade.

April 2000 - Petco opens as an Anchor. Gap Kids/Liberty Bank/A.C Moore/GNC/Claire/Footlocker/Payless/AeroPostle/Hollister/Burlington Coat Factory/Mrs. Fields Cookies opens in the mall.

October 2000 - Saturday Matinee closes, FYE expands. Waldenbooks becomes a Borders. Nitey Nine Resturant and Pretzel Time opens in the food court.

April 2001 - Sear's opens as an Anchor, GameStop opens another location in the mall. Hallmark/OldNavy/Dental Health/Abercrombie/Champ Sports open in the mall.

February 2004 - The Mall is closed down for renovations, the mall is made over with a new design.

April 2006 - The Owners Sees dramatic increase in buisness.

October 2007 - KMart opens as an Anchor.

December 2007 - Pac Sun/Zumiez/Mega Trend/ Lindt Chocolate/Build A Bear Workshop/ The Toy Vault/Limited Too opens in the mall.

May 2009 - The Mall gets a redesign.






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« Reply #34 on: August 23, 2009, 03:06:43 AM »

In a parallel world, similar to ours, ShopKo would turn down the purchase of Pamida in 1999, and in its place, decide to buy the remaining 300+ Ames locations instead, including most of the former Hills stores. The stores would be converted to the ShopKo "Vision 2000" design, while updating the Ames logo to match that of ShopKo's Crillee font-based logo, including the red and blue colors. ShopKo would convert most of the Ames stores directly to ShopKo in Illinois, and close the Ames locations that are too close to an existing ShopKo location. Every state with Ames (except Illinois), in this alternate reality, would convert to the ShopKo look, with identical layouts to regular ShopKo stores, and ShopKo merchandise will be sold at Ames as well. The buyout would double the number of ShopKo locations, although they would remain mostly Ames locations, to protect the history and and heritage of the Ames brand while making the logo design look exactly like that of ShopKo. Ames would keep their corporate HQ in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, although it would function as the Ames Stores division of ShopKo Stores Inc. of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Like how ShopKo is a sponsor of the Green Bay Packers, Ames would be a sponsor of the New England Patriots and would have their logo grace the scoreboards of Fenway Park, much like the ShopKo logo at Lambeau Field. After ShopKo buys out Ames, ShopKo would open a new Ames prototype store in the Boston suburb of Foxboro, Massachusetts, modeled after the ShopKo prototype in Meridian, Idaho, a suburb of Boise. ShopKo would also add pharmacy, optical and Payless ShoeSource departments to existing Ames stores.

Here's what the Ames logo would look like after the ShopKo buyout:


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« Reply #35 on: February 07, 2010, 09:55:01 AM »

I amke these on paper at school when im bored so ill tranfer them

Forest Field Mall Concord NH

1986-Mall opens w/Jordan Marsh/Caldor/JCPenny/Woolworths and is 2 stories high with lotrs of small stores
1988-Woolworth closes space divided into Oscos and a Flea Market
1993-Caldor gets a huge facelift
1996-Mall celebrates 10 years and Jordan Marsh turns to Macys
1999-Caldor closes space vacant
2002-Oscos now Brooks closes and converted to KB Toys
2004-Macys moves to bigger newer mall
2005-JC Penny close to lack of customers
2008-KB Toys closenow malls only ancoh is a Flea Market
2009 Mall torn down and school built
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« Reply #36 on: February 07, 2010, 10:15:29 AM »

Heres another one

The Northern Gate Mall Nashua NH  2 Story Mall
1980-Mall opens w/ Caldor/Sears/Stop and Shop
1985-Maxi Drug moves in
1987-A drunk driver drives thru Sears bottom floor wrecking every thing
1988-Sears bottom floor now Auto Center
1994-Maxi Drug closes
1999-Caldor closes so does S&S
2000-Sear Auto Closes
2004 Sears gone mall closes
2005 Caldors (Rainbow Era) sign final taken down
2007 Mall mostly torn down
2009-Kohls A C Moore and S&s and small stops open its now a Strip Mall
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« Reply #37 on: February 07, 2010, 10:16:41 AM »

I amke these on paper at school when im bored so ill tranfer them

Forest Field Mall Concord NH

1986-Mall opens w/Jordan Marsh/Caldor/JCPenny/Woolworths and is 2 stories high with lotrs of small stores
1988-Woolworth closes space divided into Oscos and a Flea Market
1993-Caldor gets a huge facelift
1996-Mall celebrates 10 years and Jordan Marsh turns to Macys
1999-Caldor closes space vacant
2002-Oscos now Brooks closes and converted to KB Toys
2004-Macys moves to bigger newer mall
2005-JC Penny close to lack of customers
2008-KB Toys closenow malls only ancoh is a Flea Market
2009 Mall torn down and school built
Wow, this mall lasted for quite some time..... 23 years actually!! I liked the part of JCP closing due to lack of customers, you know it's a dead mall when JCP closes it's doors..... Look at the Latham Mall in NY, there is nothing there now but JCP and maybe a handful of stores.
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« Reply #38 on: February 07, 2010, 10:18:00 AM »

I amke these on paper at school when im bored so ill tranfer them

Forest Field Mall Concord NH

1986-Mall opens w/Jordan Marsh/Caldor/JCPenny/Woolworths and is 2 stories high with lotrs of small stores
1988-Woolworth closes space divided into Oscos and a Flea Market
1993-Caldor gets a huge facelift
1996-Mall celebrates 10 years and Jordan Marsh turns to Macys
1999-Caldor closes space vacant
2002-Oscos now Brooks closes and converted to KB Toys
2004-Macys moves to bigger newer mall
2005-JC Penny close to lack of customers
2008-KB Toys closenow malls only ancoh is a Flea Market
2009 Mall torn down and school built
Wow, this mall lasted for quite some time..... 23 years actually!! I liked the part of JCP closing due to lack of customers, you know it's a dead mall when JCP closes it's doors..... Look at the Latham Mall in NY, there is nothing there now but JCP and maybe a handful of stores.

Hahahaah yea its fun to make these up ypu hAVE Any
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« Reply #39 on: February 07, 2010, 10:35:36 AM »

Another one

Mall of Massachusetts
1968-The mall opens w/Zayre Jordan Marsh and Searsand 300 small stores
1978-A riot brakes out in Zayre for a new toy that came out and a shopper lit a rack of close on fire and burned Zayre beyond repair
1979-Mall goes under Serious Renovations and a Bradlees builds on the old Zayre
1989-Brown Roof Toys R Us move in the outer parking lot with Bonanza
1992-Bradlees close beacause of "Divorce" with S&S
1993-Oscos moves in
1996-Macys takes over Jordan Marsh and close it in 1997
2002- Oscos closes
2002- Toys R Us Closes and D_fife finds a key in the back and goes in and its all vintage
2004 Sears say no and leaves with the rest of the mall
2005-Stores have been eyeing the mall to build there including
Grand Union Macys JCP Market Basket and
TJX to built a protype AJ Wright/Marshalls/Homegoods/TJ Maxx
2006-Walmart out bid them all and builds a Super Center
2008-A homeless man gets drunk and lights the front of the store on fire (store empty its night time) and fire crews get stuck in traffic from a concert and arive and building a pile of rubble
2009-Town makes it a park and man goes metal detecing and digs up a ha;f burned Z from Zayre





















 
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« Reply #40 on: February 07, 2010, 04:31:40 PM »

Riverton Mall
12345 Bradford Drive, Riverton, Ohio 78910-1112

1979: The Riverton Rattlers play their last baseball game at Riverton Stadium, before moving to Scolex Field. The Rattlers lose to the White Sox, 3-10.
1983: Demolition begins on Riverton Stadium, many ideas were proposed for the site, like apartment buildings, office buildings, and a shopping mall.
1984: Scolex Development Co., a division of Scolex Industries, presents to the Riverton City Council a plan to build a shopping mall on the stadium site.
September 1985: Ground breaking begins on Riverton Mall.
March 20, 1987: Mall opens to public with ShopKo (their first and only store in Ohio), and JCPenney as anchor stores, along with space for 100 stores, 50% of the space was leased. The grand opening was successful, with 10,564 people showing up on opening day. John Brown, who was later part of Dr. Brenda Bradford's "Gadget Program," got his start as a mall security officer at this mall before becoming the famous "Inspector Gadget," 12 years later.
1988: Sears is selected as the mall's third anchor, opens a year later with the new food court.
1989: Sears opens, the first few restaurants in the food court open: Burger King, Arthur Treacher's, Sbarro, Taco Bell, and Arby's.
1991: The mall gets made over with chrome and neon lights. 
November 1991: ShopKo gets a makeover. The colors are changed from red, orange and brown to red, white, navy blue, and gray, to match ShopKo's new red, white and blue logo. The selection of merchandise is also significantly altered (eg. the automotive and hardware departments are toned down, emphasis is placed on fashion).
2000: Scolex Industries, led by Dr. Claw, with the help of his henchmen, steal $100,000 worth of jewelry from the JCPenney department store, prompting Inspector Gadget to act. Gadget then foils his plans by using his "Gadget Bubblegum" on the ShopKo parking lot to stop Dr. Claw's truck from moving. Claw and his henchmen surrender, and are sent to Riverton Federal Prison.
July 2010: Dr. Claw escapes from prison again after being locked up for the umpteenth time for the "Crime of the Century" of stealing from the federal reserve in 2003. Dr. Claw seeks revenge on Inspector Gadget, and his partner G2, by sending his henchmen to the Riverton Mall 2010 Science Expo, to place an override chip on both Gadget and G2, so that Claw can take over Riverton again, by turning the Gadgets against the citizens of Riverton. Their plans failed, as G2 had to act when she knew Inspector Gadget was in trouble. G2, armed with her "gadget nets," caught Claw's henchmen, and sent them back to prison. G2 then removed the override chip from Gadget and they both went to track down claw in their Gadgetmobile. Claw was found hiding in an abandoned car dealership, "Quimby Pontiac-Saturn" on Riverton's west side by the Gadgets, Penny, their dog, Brain and the Gadgetmobile, and arrested Claw and his henchmen. Chief Quimby and the mayor of Riverton awarded the Gadget team with a gold medal for their valiant efforts.
2011: In light of the recent crimes at Riverton Mall, a police HQ was setup in the center court of the mall near the information kiosk.
 

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« Reply #41 on: March 07, 2010, 08:11:20 AM »

If I could have a fantasy mall, here is what it would have

jamesway, media play, ames and sears as anchors.

A food court with orange julius, tacobell, dairy queen, mcdonalds and burger king.

The small stores would be sharper image, a small woolworth, books a million, 2 suncoast stores at each end, and 25 to 50 others.
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« Reply #42 on: February 07, 2013, 09:23:49 PM »

Sorry to resurrect this thread, but here goes the story: in 1970, a local architect from Howell, Michigan, found out that despite recent growth, his town was under-retailed. So, he purchased a plot of farmland southeast of the town along Grand River Avenue, not far from an interchange with the Interstate 96 superhighway, which connected Howell to Detroit and Muskegon. He then decided to put a large enclosed mall on the site and recruited Detroit-based Hudson's and Federal as well as Montgomery Ward as anchors for the new mall, which was named Livingston Mall after the county it was located in. He immediately began building it. Unfortunately, while the mall was being built, Federal went bankrupt, and fearing that his mall would open with a vacant anchor, approached other department stores to occupy the western anchor. JCPenney eventually outbid the other stores and took the western anchor spot.

Livingston Mall opened with great fanfare in 1973 (on time). It was originally anchored by Hudson's, JCPenney and Montgomery Ward. It also featured a three-screen multiplex theater, a Woolworth 5-and-10 store, a Walgreens pharmacy and an A&P supermarket, which didn't have a mall entrance. Original tenants were as followed:

Quote from: Livingston Mall directory, 1973
MONTGOMERY WARD (with Auto Center outside mall), Elias Brothers Big Boy, General Cinema Livingston III Cinemas, WHMI-AM Station, Kinney Shoes, National Shirt Shop, Mike's, Aladdin's Castle Arcade, Hot Sam Pretzels, Fashion Bug, J.L. HUDSON, Hickory Farms, Size 5-7-9 Shop, Youth Center, B. Dalton Bookseller, County Seat, Orange Julius, Karmelkorn, The Gap, Vincent & Company Shoes, Thom McAn, Baker's Shoes, A&P Supermarket, Walgreen Drugs, JCPENNEY (with Auto Center outside mall), Nick's Sports Shoppe, Livingston Camera, Spencer Gifts, Foxmoor Casual, Penelope Furs, Little Caesar's Pizza, Zales Jewelers, Howell State Bank, General Nutrition Center, Hallmark, Mister Donut, Motherhood Maternity, Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors Ice Cream, Woolworth's, Radio Shack, Howell Toys, Claire's Boutique, Waldenbooks, Robson's Coney Island Hot Dogs, Lane Bryant, The Limited, Camelot Music

10 million people from throughout Michigan attended the grand opening, even those from Detroit. A large sculpture graced the center court. The mall enjoyed success throughout the 1970's. In 1975, only two years after opening, A&P is shuttered, it is then torn down to make room for a food court, which opened in 1982 and featured restaurants such as McDonald's, 1 Potato 2, Sbarro, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken and some existing restaurants (Robson's Coney Island, Orange Julius, Baskin-Robbins and Mister Donut) relocated there too. One year later, the Burger Chef in the mall's outlot is acquired by Hardee's and a Toys "R" Us also opens across the parking lot from Montgomery Ward and JCPenney's auto center is taken over by Firestone after JCP gets rid of their hard-line departments. Later, in 1987, the entire mall is given a makeover, removing the early 1970's colors and the sculpture and adding neon lights and skylights over all courts.

Livingston Mall continued on as the only enclosed mall in Livingston County, with the five closest competitors; Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Arborland Center and Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor, Meridian Mall in Okemos and Genesee Valley Center in Flint; being at least a half-hour's drive from Howell. However, as more Howell residents began driving to those five malls to visit stores they didn't have back in their town, Livingston Mall started to turn into a dead mall around 1989. In 1991, both Walgreens and the theaters were shuttered and many local stores called it quits and the stores that replaced them were mega-short-lived!  Shocked Then, in 1992, Mister Donut was replaced by Dunkin Donuts.

However, many locals were surprised when Caldor announced they would be building their first Michigan store at Livingston Mall. Caldor eventually opened in time for Black Friday 1995 (as well as a few new inline stores connecting to Montgomery Ward, including those made out of the old theaters, those new stores included Ameritech Cellular (now SVS Vision) and Hot Topic) and, in a partnership with WHMI-FM, the first 150 people who visited Caldor on opening day received a free SNES with a copy of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. As expected, the arrival of Caldor marked a turnaround for Livingston Mall and national chains who previously did not want to expand to Livingston County, such as American Eagle Outfitters, Victoria's Secret and Buckle, opened in the mall.

The outlot Hardee's, fortunately, was one of only a handful to survive the 1997 closings following their parent company's bankruptcy. Also in 1997, Woolworth closed all of their remaining stores and the Livingston Mall location reopened as a Forever 21 several months later and in the food court, 1 Potato 2 is shuttered and is soon replaced by Subway. Unfortunately, Caldor's tenure here was short-lived, closing in 1999. Target soon announced that they will be moving into the former Caldor and they did, opening in 2000. In early 2001, Montgomery Ward was shuttered. The Montgomery Ward Auto Center was soon torn down and replaced by a Culver's, which opened in early 2002 and Sears opened in the former Montgomery Ward space in mid-2002.

Hudson's store was rebranded as a Chicago-based Marshall Field's in 2001 and later became a Macy's in 2006. In 2007, a new lifestyle wing opened near Target and included restaurants such as Chipotle Mexican Grill and California Pizza Kitchen, a Dick's Sporting Goods, a Staples, an Ann Arbor-based Borders and a 10-screen Emagine theater. However, in 2011, Borders went out of business, creating a major vacancy in the new wing, which soon reopened as an LA Fitness. As of February 7, 2013, Livingston Mall is still open, anchored by Macy's, JCPenney, Sears, Target, Dick's Sporting Goods and Staples. Below is a map of the mall as it appeared when it first opened.
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« Reply #43 on: March 30, 2013, 01:28:58 PM »

Here's mine

Norstar Mall

1986-Mall opens w/AM&A's/Toys "R" Us/JC Penny/Sears/Sibley's and is 2 stories high with lots of small stores
1990-Sibley's becomes Kaufmann's
1994-AM&A's becomes The Bon-Ton
1996-Mall celebrates 10 years and is expaneded with a 10 screen AMC movie theater and a food court
1999-Caldor closes space vacant
2002-AMC movie theater closes and the space becomes vacant
2004-Toys "R" Us gets a Babies "R" Us section
2006-Kaufmann's becomes Macy's
2008-The Bon-Ton closes and the space becomes vacant
2009-TJ Maxx/Homegoods opens in the former AMC movie theater
2011-JC Penny closes due to lack of customers 
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« Reply #44 on: April 13, 2013, 08:50:54 PM »

Mall of Orange County
6905 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819

1978: The Toronto Blue Jays play their final spring training game in Phillips Stadium before moving to their permanent (as of 1979) spring training stadium (then still under construction) by beating the Montreal Expos 13-5.
1981: Phillips Stadium is demolished after having been an orange-grove-surrounded eyesore for motorists on nearby I-4 for three years.
1982: Two Moroccan immigrants living near Orlando purchase the site and announces to the public that a new mall will be built on it.
1983: Ground is broken for the new mall, which is named "Phillips Mall," opening in two phases.
1986: Phase I of the mall opens as the "Mall of Orange County" and is anchored by Sears, Shopko's first and only Florida store, Chicago-based Carson Pirie Scott's first and only Florida store and Jordan Marsh and features 150 inline stores.
1987: Phase II is announced and ground is broken for it.
June 7, 1990: Universal Studios Florida opens a stone's throw away from the Mall of Orange County.
August 1990: Phase II opens with JCPenney, Mervyn's first and only Florida store and Detroit-based Crowley's first and only Florida store, as well as a 10-screen Loews theater and a food court with Sbarro, Subway, Taco Bell, Arby's and Dairy Queen/Orange Julius as the first few occupants. Thanks to Universal Studios, business at the Mall of Orange County has dramatically increased.
1992: Neon lighting is added throughout the mall as Phase III, which features an IKEA and a massive Nintendo factory store, is announced.
1994: Construction begins on the eighth anchor, Nintendo World Florida. IKEA is removed from Phase III because it would be north of Hollywood Way and Universal owns the land there and refuses to sell it to the mall's Moroccan owners.
1995: Nintendo World Florida opens and Nickelodeon, which operates one of their studios in nearby Universal Studios, holds a promotion on opening day in which the first 100 visitors to the new store eceived a free SNES with a copy of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.
September 4, 1996: Not long after the mall turns 10, Hurricane Fran starts the Mall of Orange County's slow demise after a large portion of the mall is badly damaged.
1996: Jordan Marsh is rebranded as Macy's.
1997: Mervyn's closes and that space becomes vacant.
1999: Crowley's closes and that space also becomes vacant.
2000: The Loews Mall of Orange County 10 and Macy's close, leaving behind two more vacant spaces.
2001: Shopko closes and that space also becomes vacant.
2002: Carson's closes, meanwhile ShopkoFan flies to Orlando, heads over to the Mall of Orange County, finds a Shopko key in a nearby dumpster and walks inside the abandoned Shopko and notices it still has an 80's decor.
2004: Sears calls it quits and closes as Hurricane Francis damages the mall again.
December 2005: Hurricane Wilma destroys much of the mall.
2006: With only 10% of the mall still standing 20 years after opening, JCPenney, which was the only remaining anchor, closes.
2007-2008: The remaining portion of the mall is torn down.
2013: The mall's former site is still an empty lot today.
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« Reply #45 on: November 04, 2013, 04:47:55 PM »

I'm hoping this will make this thread active once again...

Mall of Michigan
32301 Smith Road, Romulus, MI 48172

The Mall of Michigan's story begins several years before it even opens. Syracuse, NY-based Pyramid Companies, who would later open two gargantuan malls in upstate New York during the 1990's, started setting their sites on building a gargantuan mall in the Midwest in 1986, which was to encompass nearly a million square feet. It was to occupy a plot that measured 9,448,262.25 square feet and located 17 miles west-southwest of Campus Martius in downtown Detroit.

The mall site, which was then farmland located across the Interstate 94 highway from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, was in the suburb of Romulus, MI. This almost immediately triggered local opposition and lawsuits. Eventually, they were sorted out and a groundbreaking took place in 1988. It would feature three full retail levels, along with a partial fourth and feature six different anchors. It was purposed to be Michigan's version of the West Edmonton Mall in Canada or the then-under-construction Mall of America in Minnesota. By 1989, those anchors were to be JCPenney, Sears, Detroit-based Hudson's, Jackson, MI-based Jacobson's, Birmingham, AL-based Parisian and Lord & Taylor.

However, Jacobson's opted out in November 1989. Replacing it were California-based Mervyn's, which would take the upper two levels and Green Bay, WI-based Shopko (the first in lower Michigan), which would take the lower level. As a consequence, the dedication was delayed.

To mass fanfare, the Mall of Michigan opened in early 1991. Among the original tenants were anchors Mervyn's, Shopko, Lord & Taylor, Sears, JCPenney, Hudson's and Parisian; junior anchors Galyan's Sports & Outdoor Adventure, Filene's Basement, Jo-Ann Fabrics, TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Service Merchandise and Linens 'N Things; the 12-screen Star Mall of Michigan theater; two food courts and (in the very center) "Acme Acres Court", a unique walk-through area loosely based on the television program Tiny Toon Adventures (that would eventually become well-known for it's elaborate annual Christmas displays, which still continue today); as well as 350 inline stores. The Mall of Michigan had two Hot Sams, four coney island restaurants (coney islands are hot dogs topped with onions and chili (and usually mustard) that are very popular in Michigan), two McDonald's, two Arby's, two Taco Bells and four Sunglass Huts and even had it's own zip code: 48172.

The Mall of Michigan was very popular after it's opening. The nearest competitors were Southland Center in neighboring Taylor (which also happens to be my nearest mall) and Westland Center in neighboring Westland. Both malls continued (and still continue) to cater to locals, while the Mall of Michigan would be primarily visited by tourists (especially considering it's close proximity to Metro Airport and numerous hotels), with most locals visiting around the Christmas holiday and even then just to check out the "Acme Acres Court"'s Christmas displays.

A new Nintendo factory outlet, dubbed "Nintendo World Mall of Michigan", came inline on October 4, 1995 to coincide with the US release of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Over the years, the tenants at the Mall of Michigan came in went. The 12-plex was eventually expanded to 15 screens in 1994 and to 17 screens in 1999, when it converted to stadium seating. In April 1997, Mervyn's was shuttered and was soon re-tenanted by Kohl's later that year. Service Merchandise also closed in 1997 and sat vacant until being retenanted by Forever 21 in the year 2000.

Then in 2001, Hudson's was rebranded as Chicago-based Marshall Field's by then-owner Target Corporation. Galyan's was eventually rebranded as a Dick's Sporting Goods. After a series of discussions, an elevated people mover system opened in 2004 that connected the Mall of Michigan with the hotels on nearby Flynn Drive, Metro Airport's McNamara, Smith and Berry Terminals and it's car-rental facility.

In 2006, major changes took place: in January, the Star Mall of Michigan was rebranded as the AMC Star Mall of Michigan 17 after AMC acquired Loew's Theaters (which owned Star Theaters (of Michigan) at the time), Filene's Basement closed in March and retenanted by Best Buy in November and on September 9, Marshall Field's was rebranded as a Macy's.

Linens 'N Things held on until that chain became defunct in 2009 and was later retenanted by the first The Red Green Show-themed factory outlet store in late 2010. Also in 2010, the AMC Star Mall of Michigan 17 was shuttered in January and reopened in September as the Emagine Mall of Michigan, operated by the locally-based Emagine Theaters chain. Then, in early 2013, Parisian was rebranded as Chicago-based Carson's (Carson Pirie Scott).

As of November 4, 2013, the Mall of Michigan is still open, anchored by Kohl's, Shopko, Lord & Taylor, Sears, JCPenney, Macy's and Carson's, junior-anchored by Dick's Sporting Goods, Best Buy, Jo-Ann Fabrics, TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Forever 21, the "Red Green Shop" and Nintendo World Mall of Michigan, as well as the 17-screen stadium-seating Emagine Mall of Michigan theater. 22 years later, the "Acme Acres Court" still contains, of course, many references to Tiny Toon Adventures. Logos and maps will be worked on soon.
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« Reply #46 on: July 31, 2017, 06:34:16 AM »

Here's mine

Norstar Mall

1986-Mall opens w/AM&A's/Toys "R" Us/JC Penny/Sears/Sibley's and is 2 stories high with lots of small stores
1990-Sibley's becomes Kaufmann's
1994-AM&A's becomes The Bon-Ton
1996-Mall celebrates 10 years and is expanded with a 10 screen AMC movie theater and a food court
1999-Caldor closes space vacant
2002-AMC movie theater closes and the space becomes vacant
2004-Toys "R" Us gets a Babies "R" Us section
2006-Kaufmann's becomes Macy's
2008-The Bon-Ton closes and the space becomes vacant
2009-TJ Maxx/Homegoods opens in the former AMC movie theater
2011-JC Penny closes due to lack of customers 

UPDATE for Norstar Mall:

* 2015 - the mall gets a new food court in the former Bon-Ton store, but the restaurants in the food are not counter service.
* 2016 - Aeropostale closes, mall celebrates its 30 years
* 2017 - the former JCPenney store becomes a Forever 21 (Forever 21 already had a smaller store in the mall prior to moving into the old JCP)
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« Reply #47 on: July 31, 2017, 02:48:05 PM »

Canusa Mall
Derby Line, Vermont/Stanstead, Quebec

Canusa Mall opened for business on the US-Canada border (hence its name) in 1981. Anchors include JCPenney, Caldor, Hills and Boscov's on the American side of the mall, while the Canadian side of the mall is anchored by Zellers, The Bay, Eaton's and Sears. The Canadian border runs through the mall and the mall parking lot, as well as the movie theater and food court. The mall concourse is filled with specialty shops and restaurants from the US and Canada, with the Canadian shops located north of the border, and the American shops located south of the border. The design of the of the mall was a collaboration between American and Canadian architects. a black line on the terazzo floor marks where the Canadian border is located and it cuts through the center court fountain as well as the mall walkway. The mall food court has ten restaurants: five on the American side, five on the Canadian side. On the American side: McDonald's, Sbarro, Taco Bell, Arby's and Flaming Wok. On the Canadian side: A&W, Tim Hortons, Dairy Queen, Subway and Burger King. In the mall, you'll find a 7-Eleven store on the Canadian side, across from Hot Topic, which is located on the American side.

The mall's anchors today:
American:
JCPenney: still there, but hang by a thread with the rest of the chain.
Caldor: now Kohl's.
Hills: later Ames, demolished for Target in 2005.
Boscov's: still there.

Canadian:
Zellers: now Walmart
The Bay: still there.
Eaton's: demolished for Toys "R" Us/Babies "R" Us in 2000.
Sears: demolished for Canadian Tire in 2008.

The Canadian border cuts through the mall's movie theater lobby and food court.
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« Reply #48 on: July 31, 2017, 03:14:29 PM »

Hey, you guys can make up your own mall with stores that are dead or alive on the USA Store Fanon Wiki, but the mall has to be located in the United States of America.

Link: http://usastorefanon.wikia.com/wiki/USA_Store_Fanon_Wikia

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« Reply #49 on: August 01, 2017, 11:33:36 AM »

I know I would start with the big glass domed entrance to the former
Southwyck Mall in Toledo, Ohio.  It was gorgeous.
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« Reply #50 on: August 01, 2017, 12:20:53 PM »

I know I would start with the big glass domed entrance to the former
Southwyck Mall in Toledo, Ohio.  It was gorgeous.

And what would the anchors at the mall be?
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« Reply #51 on: August 01, 2017, 02:20:56 PM »

At the time their anchors were Dillards, Montgomery Ward and Lion Stores.
Which sort of explains why the mall is gone.
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« Reply #52 on: August 05, 2017, 02:00:00 PM »

^If Southwyck Mall in Toledo, Ohio was still around today what would its anchors be?
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