Oak Hollow Mall — High Point, North Carolina

Back when I lived in the Triad area I really enjoyed going to the malls.  I lived in Greensboro.  The enclosed mall there is the massive three story Four Seasons.  The mall in Winston Salem, Hanes Mall was and is still the healthiest of the three enclosed malls in the area.  But still, I probably enjoyed going to Oak Hollow Mall in High Point a smidge more than the other two.  For one thing, there was a Steve and Barry’s University Sportswear there at that time.  For another thing, it was a lot slower paced and much less foot traffic than the other two.  I enjoyed that and I enjoyed this mall back then.
Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, North Carolina
Flash Forward eight years later, and this mall is nothing more than a shell of it’s former self.
Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, North Carolina

The mall’s roots can be traced back to August 9, 1995 when the mall held its grand opening.  When the mall opened it was the third largest mall in the Triad area behind Four Seasons and Hanes Mall, clocking in at more than 1.2 million square feet.  For local readers to give you a little comparison that is larger than Fayette Mall in Lexington and West Town Mall in Knoxville!
Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, North Carolina
As with the other malls that I have covered in North Carolina, I am not going to go into too much detail narrating the past of this mall, as I feel the guys over at Sky City have done an excellent job of doing that.  If you would like more information about this malls history you can find their article about this mall by clicking HERE.  Also you can find a fantastically informative video shot by a friend of mine from the area by clicking HEREOak Hollow Mall -- High Point, North Carolina

Before I dive into more pictures I will list a few points of interest about this mall and basic facts

  • Opened August 9, 1995
  • 1,262,440 square feet of retail floor space
  • Originally anchored by Dillards, Sears, JC Penney and Belk
  • Junior anchors were Regal Cinemas and Goodys / Steve and Barry’s University Sportswear
  • Steve and Barry’s Closed in 2009
  • JC Penney closed in June 2011
  • Regal Cinemas closed in 2012
  • Sears closed in April 2012
  • Belk closed in 2014 when the new store at the Palladium opened.
  • Today, the only national chain stores that remain in operation at Oak Hollow are Victoria’s Secret, Bath and Body Works and Dillard’s Clearance Center (1 level)

Former JC PenneyOak Hollow Mall -- High Point, North Carolina
The store has remained vacant since their departure.
Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, North Carolina
Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, North Carolina
Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, North Carolina
Former JC Penney -- Oak Hollow Mall

Sears was at Oak Hollow Mall until 2012.

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As you can tell from the glass, this space has also been vacant since the original anchor closed up shop.
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Sears still has a bit of a presence at the mall, as they have some sort of call center located in the former space occupied by Goody’s / Steve and Barry’s
The Dillard’s IS still in operation but is greatly scaled back. Back before the mass exodus from Oak Hollow, Dillard’s closed their second level of the store and demoted the High Point location to a Clearance Center.
Dillard's -- Oak Hollow Mall

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The remainder of the pictures are various inline stores that are vacant.  Enjoy and thanks for reading!
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2 thoughts on “Oak Hollow Mall — High Point, North Carolina”

  1. I actually grew up about 10-15 minutes away from the mall. I remember being taken there in 2002, & being met with the front end of SEARS. You can probably imagine the look of wonder on my face when we went into the mall. Inside, you had Spencer’s, Player’s choice, FYE, The Pretzel Twister, Rue21, The Gap, and my favorite store: KB Toys. Unfortunately, KB Toys was also the first store to close in the mall. I never saw anything take its place until I visited the mall in August 2016.

    Even then, the mall was still doing good, even after Goody’s closed. Steve & Barry’s moved into where Goody’s used to be, and there were still a number of stores to browse in that wasn’t just clothing & jewelry. But then the economy collapsed, & that’s when things really got bad. The entirety of Steve & Barry’s folded. Multiple inline tenants began pulling out. Pretty soon, the food court became desolate, and then after that. The anchors started leaving. JCPenney got out of town, followed by the cinema, and then SEARS. Eventually, even Belk left, which just left the Dillard’s outlet, Bath & Body Works, & Victoria’s Secret -which are still there (along with GNC) last time I went. You know a mall is either dead or gonna die if even Belk leaves it behind.

    Even though a handful of smaller businesses are still inside the mall, Oak Hollow Mall is -without a doubt- living up to being “hollow”. With nostalgia & memories about the mall, I wonder with uncertainty about what High Point Universiy is going to do with it. Are they going to revitalize it? Repurpose it? Sell it to another management company? Or just tear it down & spend another 10 years wondering what to do with it?

    One thing this mall still has IMO is curb appeal. For whatever reason, even if you account for that strange arch from Dillard’s, the mall always just looked better than the other malls. I had only gone to Four Seasons once, and then in Winston-Salem, although it had a decent interior, Hanes always struck me as a big bland brick warehouse -even with the renovations to all of its entrances. Meanwhile, Oak Hollow had a somewhat impressive looking arch above its entrance, as well as some great looking architecture.

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