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32 comments:

  1. Aaron Olden asked:

    Can you make a drawing of the Davison's in Northlake Mall?

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  2. Hazel Jordan asked:

    Who is the author of the Rosedale Mall article?

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  3. Hazel and Aaron,

    Thanks much for posting. A rendering of Davison's Northlake would be great.

    "The Curator" (or myself) wrote the Rosedale Center article (and all other copy). Do you have a question about the article?

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  4. Greg said:

    I found some very interesting info on the original Oxnard (Ca) Esplanade Mall(1968-2001) on this site. I was wondering if there are any available interior/exterior photos. The blog stated that there was a Mann Theatre there, which I remember as a kid, but it said that it went out of operation in the early 90's. It did become a "cheapy" theatre afterwards through the mid to late 90's. I remember seeing From Dusk Till Dawn and Anaconda there circa '96/'97.

    Thanks for the interesting histories and details on your site! Let me know if you come across any pre-2000 photos of either the Oxnard Esplanade or the Pacific View Mall(Ventura Center).

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  5. Greg,

    Thanks much for posting. The cinema -at THE ESPLANADE- was in operation latter than I had thought. Thanks for pointing this out.

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  6. Greg,

    I just revised THE ESPLANADE article. It now includes a full history of the Mann 1-2-3 Theatres.

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  7. Aaron Olden said:

    You should make an article on The Florida Mall in The Shopping Mall Museum. Has a lot to the plans.

    4/26/17

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  8. Aaron, thanks for the suggestion.

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  9. Robert said:

    Dear Curator,

    How can I contact TheBubster6? I would like to inquire about using some photos of the Richland Mall in an upcoming book. Many thanks!

    Robert Jeschonek

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  10. Robert,

    I don't know how to go about contacting the fellow who published the RICHLAND MALL photos. There used to be a website devoted to the Johnstown shopping mall....but I can't find it now. I'm sorry.

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  11. Anthony Lawrence has left a new comment on your post "Post A Comment:":

    Hello-
    An update for the Plymouth Meeting Mall post:
    The food court has been pushed back to its original location. The 1998 food court has been closed and replaced with a LEGOLAND.

    Thanks!
    -Anthony

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  12. Anthony,

    Thanks much for posting the info. Cheers.

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  13. I was very happy to find your site. In my youth, the first complete mall store I built was Record Town in the Pyramid Mall in Plattsburgh, NY in 1975 ... 40 plus years ago. I then built several more there before the mall was completed and it was quite an education. Record Town was the first of a chain with several names that turned into over 300 stores. With so many site views I hope you can expand and monetize it. Malls are a major social development and currently becoming dinosaurs as the Amazon-type retailers capture the market. Thaks for your work.

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  14. Anon, thanks much for posting. I've considered monetizing these three sites (Mall Hall of Fame, Shopping Mall Museum and Portable Levittown) but (so far) have decided against it.

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  15. Joe said:

    While it may not have been re-branded as such on the outside, I shopped at the Boca Jefferson Ward during the mid 70's. The price tag logo had already been changed. My first purchase was a suitcase, which I still have. Since I had a Monkey's card at the time, made it quite convenient. Was my store of first choice whenever visiting in Pompano Beach. Bought my wife's first "real" present there in 1977, opal pendant with a diamond chip.

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  16. Joe,
    Thanks much for posting the "Boca Mall Memories". I never shopped at a Jefferson Ward, but did shop at a standard Montgomery Ward many, many times. I got my first bike at Wards (it was 22 $$).

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  17. Edwin said:

    Sadly the Maine Mall's Bon-Ton will be closing after only 4 YEARS in business...
    (I can't believe that The Bon-Ton will close by the end of August, all 50 employees will soon need to find new jobs, hopefully they will find new jobs soon...).

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  18. Edwin,
    I regret hearing that the Maine Mall Bon Ton has not been successful. I guess this means that Bon Ton's New England expansion has not panned out. Thanks much for posting the info.

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  19. It looks like Sears in The Rhode Island Mall/Midland Mall (in Warwick, RI) will be closing...
    Hopefully this link works:

    http://warwickonline.com/stories/ris-only-sears-deemed-unprofitable-closing-sept-17,125533

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  20. Edwin,

    Thanks so much for posting the info. I'll add it to the MIDLAND MALL article.

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  21. CJ said:

    As much as I hate advertising, I have a retail blog of my own and I am trying to bring traffic to it. I'd really like it if you linked me on the side with the other retail blogs on Mall Hall of Fame or Shopping Mall Museum. Y'all inspired me to make a retail blog of my own and I'd love it if you did so. If you can't do so, I understand. Link is www.skymallblog.blogspot.com

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  22. CJ,

    I have added a link to SkYMall to the "External Links" menu of the Mall Hall of Fame and "Mall & Retail Related Links" menu on the Shopping Mall Museum. I hope that this will direct traffic your way.

    It looks like you have been working for quite a while on the SkyMall site. There is a LOT of material there. I am impressed.

    I am also a bit envious that you have visited Southdale Center. It might be blatantly obvious...but I have never been to America's "Mother of all Malls". In fact, I've only been to a paltry few of the malls that I have "documented for posterity".

    At least I WAS at Aventura Mall a time or two...where I saw one of the Bee Gees perusing VHS tapes at a SunCoast Video store (yep, this was back in the pre-dvd ----or BluRay--- era, lol).

    So, I hope that these links to your site will bring you some traffic. Thanks much for posting.

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  23. CJ said:

    Thanks a lot for adding me with the links. I've already seen a spike in traffic ever since you did so. Those are some vintage stories - oh how much I would give to visit a mall stuck in time (architecturally and stores). Apparently SunCoast still exists - though a shell of its self.

    Southdale was a beautiful mall, and I'd hope you will make it there someday. It's still going strong after sixty years and plenty of hoobaloo. One of my favorite malls in terms of design, not bland at all.

    It's only been two months since I started SkyMall, but how much passion can drive someone. I'm enjoying it, and I hope to keep working hard for months (and years) to come. Thanks for paying a visit.

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  24. My Bee Gees sighting -at Miami's Aventura Mall- took place around 1994. However, my vintage "mall" stories can go all the way back to late 1969 (I went to Dayton Mall -south of Dayton, Ohio- then). This was the first time that I ever went to a mall.

    Speaking of the grand ole 5 & Dime stores, that mall had one then called McCrory's (aka J.G. McCrory). It had the standard "lunch counter" (that I never once ate at) and -if I recall correctly- the candy department was right near the main entrance to the store (apparently, something of a standard 5 & 10 feature).

    5 & 10s were a truly world unto themselves...there simply is not any thing like them nowadays. Where else could one buy a grilled cheese sandwich, "cherry coke", (live) baby turtle, Mattel Thingmaker, pair of swimming trunks and that new "In the Year 2525" 45...lol?

    BTW, I believe that my favorite mall -past or present- is Atlanta's Lenox Square (circa-1959). Unfortunately, I never saw it when it was "open-air" (it was enclosed in 1972-'73). I did, at least, go there (in 1986) when the Food Court area was still with its original -1980- decor and the Rich's store was STILL Rich's.

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  25. We moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1970 and I grew up with all the changes to our malls. It was where you went to socialize and be seen. Thank you for recording all the changes. BTW I recently discovered that Winrock Mall was named after the developer Winthrop Rockafeller. I always wondered where the name came from. Thanks!! Julie

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  26. Julie....so sorry about the delay in posting your comment about WINROCK. I've been out of town. Thanks much for posting.

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  27. In your Kirkwood Mall (Bismarck, ND) article, you have Herberger's as an original anchor at the southern end of the mall. Although other articles online also say this (including Wikipedia), I believe that this is incorrect.

    I have a proposed site plan for the mall from 1968 which shows that the original southern anchor was Herbst--a small department store chain in North Dakota originating in Fargo. A history of the chain online confirms that they had a location in Bismarck, which I presume was at the mall.

    Furthermore, the Herberger's lease was not signed until 1977, which makes it impossible for them to have been there when the mall opened in 1971. Their site plan even shows them in their current location and as part of the expansion, not in the original anchor location.

    The last Herbst store, their Fargo flagship, went out of business in 1982, which explains why their Bismarck store disappeared around the time of the Kirkwood expansion in 1980.

    Thank you for the information in your article, btw. I had especially been curious about where the name of the mall came from.

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  28. Keri,

    Thanks so much for your input. I have just tried to research this Herbst or Herberger's question over the internet...and not turned up anything to confirm either one as a 1971 anchor of Kirkwood Plaza.

    The Bon Ton Stores' (Herberger's parent company) annual reports lists Herberger's as opening at Kirkwood in 1971. However, I have found that in most (if not all) cases, a retail chain that has bought out another will date their store opening all the way back to that of the original store (that they rebranded).

    So.....I have revised the Kirkwood article to show Herbst (not Herberger's) as the original south anchor store.

    Thanks again,
    The Curator

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  29. Your information made me even more curious, so I dug a little deeper and found a Herberger's document that does reference an "Old Lease" that dates back to 1969. It implies that Herberger's was the original Tenant, but it's possible that someone was just lazy with their legal recitals and didn't mention that they inherited the store from someone else (I've seen that before).

    It's also possible that Herbst was originally planned, but fell through before opening. Planning was going on at least as early as 1968, but the mall didn't open until 3 years later, so time enough to get, then lose, proposed tenants.

    The mystery deepens!

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    1. Keri,

      I found some more info.....Herberger's was -after all- an original 1971 anchor at Kirkwood Plaza. The store opened its doors March 23, 1971. This detail was found at https://www.bismarckcafe.com .

      Also, I found a March 1986 article from a Minnesota newspaper that listed Herberger's stores, as of 1986. There was a Gateway Mall {Bismarck} store listed, which the article said opened "in 1983". This is revealing, because this store was originally an AW Lucas, that had opened in 1979.

      Also, a Holiday Village Mall {Great Falls, Montana} Herberger's was listed. The article said it opened "in 1976". However, this store had originally opened, as a Hested's 5 & 10, in 1962.

      This article also said that a Herberger's in Bismarck's Kirkwood Plaza opened "in 1971". So, the store opening dates Herberger's lists indicate when said stores opened as a Herberger's.

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  30. When my husband got drafted ; I was 17 and we had to move to Killeen Texas and the place we moved in was a dump ! And I needed some household things and we went to Gibsons; I bought a few pairs of plastic curtains ; It was all we could afford ; thank God we had this store. Soldiers didn't get good pay then !

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  31. Anon,

    Thanks so much for posting. I went to just one Gibson's store...which was in Tennessee. This was in the early '70s.

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