Monday morning I was able to take a few minutes and finally stop by and explore a nearly vacant mall in Middletown, Ohio.
Towne Mall Galleria -- Middletown,  Ohio I had passed by this mall many times but had never taken the time to actually go inside and experience it. I’m glad I did, because from the looks of things, this mall might not be around next holiday season. Towne Mall Galleria -- Middletown,  Ohio
The Towne Mall Galleria is located on Towne Boulevard in the Warren County portion of Middletown, in the section of the city referred to as the Renaissance District near the Ohio 122-Interstate 75 interchange. The more than 465,000-square-foot mall first opened in 1977, although the malls earliest roots can be traced several years earlier.
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The first store to open on the property was, a 1-level (113,300 square foot), Cincinnati-based McAlpin’s. McAlpin’s opened for business on February 16, 1975. The remainder of the shopping hub was added to this freestanding anchor. The mall, and a 68,000 square foot Sears, opened February 9, 1977. Later that year the mall was complete when Elder-Beerman opened a 118,000 square foot opened on the mall’s west side.
Towne Mall Galleria -- Middletown,  Ohio In August 1998, McAlpin’s became Dillard’s as part of a merger. Dillard’s would remain open here until June 2008, when they closed their doors. This, along with multiple failed renovation plans and rejuvination attempts by the mall’s owner CBL and Associates, lead to many smaller inline closings by the mid-2000s. Towne Mall Galleria -- Middletown,  Ohio
In 2015 Burlington and Gabe’s opened in the former Dillard’s anchor spot, although they do not have direct access to the interior corridor.
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Unfortunately, the grand openings of these stores was met with bad tidings. Elder-Beerman shuttered their 39-year-old store on January 31, 2017.
Former Elder-Beerman -- Middletown Sears, another charter 1977 tenant, went dark in September of the same year. Former Sears -- Middletown, Ohio
Towne Mall Galleria -- Middletown,  Ohio If my calculations are correct, today there are less than 10 businesses open at the mall. Those include: –Burlington –Gabe’s –Roger’s Jewelers (Currently Closing) Towne Mall Galleria -- Middletown,  Ohio
–Planet Fitness
— Cincinnati Nails
–My Salon
–Sell Gold
Towne Mall Galleria -- Middletown,  Ohio As you can see the directory is terribly out of date. Towne Mall Galleria -- Middletown,  Ohio
Towne Mall Galleria -- Middletown,  Ohio

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May 2017 Indiana/Ohio Road Trip: Day 2

These crazy road trips where I bounce back and forth between a couple of states and drive several hundred miles a day hurt a little more than they use to. Today wasnt hardly as many miles as yesterday: 320. I started out the day in Logansport, Indiana. First on my agenda was to check out the mall right across the street from my hotel. The only stores in this mall are Dunham’s Sports and JC Penney. The JC Penney is closing next month. I was impressed with the mall management keeping the fountain going and even putting fake wooden ducks in it haha.
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There has been a lot of talk that this mall will close soon and be demolished for the land to be redeveloped.
The next stop was Peru, Indiana where I went to the tiniest Kmart ever. Ill post pictures of that later.

After Peru, I drove down to Marion to explore the Five Points Mall. Much to my surprise there was a carnival set up in the parking lot and that was really cool.
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This mall is anchored by Carsons and Roses. It was originally anchored by Carsons, Hills, JC Penney and Sears. The JC Penney and Sears are empty, the Hills is now Roses.
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A couple of Goodwills later and lunch at some place called the root beer stand and I was on my way to the second Kmart of the day; Gas City, Indiana. This store is a perfect mirrored image layout of the store that was at Village Center Mall in Harlan. Auto Center and all.

After this it gets fuzzy. I started getting tired and just put the address of an abandoned Sears in Trotwood, Ohio in the GPS. I do remember going through Muncie and Richmond.
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ALl that remains of the old Salem Mall in Trotwood just north of Dayton.
I explored a few more things and was in the hotel room by 6. An early evening should recharge my batteries. A lot is on tap for tomorrow, I’ll need it.

Richmond Mall — Richmond, Kentucky

Richmond Mall Closed Sears hometown -- Richmond, KY Richmond Mall is actually one of the newer malls when it comes to the bluegrass state. It was a late comer to the mall craze, opening in September 1988.  Richmond Mall was developed by the same company that developed the similar sized malls in Middlesboro, Somerset and Madisonville. IMG_20170412_133251856 When Richmond Mall opened it was home to Walmart, JC Penney, Goody’s and Dawahares. Richmond Mall -- Richmond, Kentucky Walmart left Richmond Mall in March 1996 when they opened a supercenter next door. Richmond Mall -- Richmond, Kentucky The biggest blow to Richmond Mall came in 2008 when Richmond Centre opened on the other side of town. When Richmond Centre opened it attracted JC Penney, Dawahares, Goodys and Hastings directly from Richmond Mall. Richmond Mall -- Richmond, Kentucky According to an article in the Lexington Herald Leader, when Richmond Centre opened Richmond Mall had an occupancy rate of 98%. By 2010 that rate had dropped to below 50% and the mall was put up for auction.Richmond Mall -- Richmond, Kentucky
Today the mall is home to a church, a Habitat for Humanity Re-store, a Mexican Restaurant, Payless Shoes and Bath & Body Works along with several other smaller local stores.
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The Sears Hometown store closed in January of 2017.
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So Long My Friend. Saying Goodbye to Oak Hollow Mall

Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, NC If there are two things in this life I am the first would be a nerd and the second would be sentimental. When I lived in Greensboro, this mall was a pretty happening place. It wasnt as busy and overwhelmingly big as Four Seasons in Greensboro or Haynes Mall in Winston. It was just right. Plus, it had a Steve and Barry’s. Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, NC
On Januiary 6, 2017, High Point University, the owner of the mall announced that the mall would finally close its doors on March 10th. The press release blamed Sears decision to close their call center located at the mall and the Universities inability to rebuild the malls tennant base.
Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, NC
I won’t go into a huge history of the mall, I did that in a post on this very blog last year when I visited the mall at that time. That post can be found by clicking HERE.
The main focus of this entry is a pure photo documentation of Oak Hollow Mall in its final days.
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The Dillard’s Clearance store is owned by Dillard’s and will remain open.
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Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, NC The university opperates a community center inside the former JC Penney store. This community center will remain after the mall has closed. Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, NC
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So long Oak Hollow Mall, thank you for the memories.

Analogue Love  --Kmart -- Cedar Bluff, Virginia Kmart -- Claypool Hill Mall
This Kmart was located in the Claypool Hill mall in Cedar Bluff, Virginia. The Mall is co-anchored by Belk and previously Goody’s.
Kmart -- Claypool Hill Mall The Kmart was opened on March 18, 1982. Kmart -- Claypool Hill Mall
On January 15, 2016 it was announced that the Kmart at Claypool Hill Mall would be closing in April.
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After the Cedar Bluff Kmart closed only two Kmart stores remaim in all of Southwest Virginia, those being located in Abingdon and Wytheville. Wytheville is scheduled to close by the end of the year.

Becker Village Mall — Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina

I can remember back around 2009 or 2010 I stumbled upon this mall online in a block entry on labelscar.  It fascinated me.  With the mall being in the far north eastern portion of North Carolina I hadnt had a chance to visit it, until now.  It is just as magnificent and fascinating as I always had hoped it would be. Before I get on to the pictures I will offer a few basic facts.

  • Opened in 1980
  • Kmart closed in 2002
  • Belk closed in 2006
  • The mall was sold in 2014 to a firm in New Jersey.

Becker Village Mall -- Roanoke Rapids, NC JC Penney is the last remaining anchor in business at Becker Village Mall and has also closed off their direct mall entrance. Becker Village Mall -- Roanoke Rapids, NC
Becker Village Mall -- Roanoke Rapids, NC Inside the corridor, goodluck finding any signs of life other than mall walkers. Becker Village Mall -- Roanoke Rapids, NC
Becker Village Mall -- Roanoke Rapids, NC Becker Village Mall -- Roanoke Rapids, NC Kmart at Becker Village Mall closed in the 2002 round of store closings and the space has been vacant since. Becker Village Mall -- Roanoke Rapids, NC
Becker Village Mall -- Roanoke Rapids, NC The other anchor, Belk, closed in late 2006. This space has also been vacant since Belk’s departure. Former Belk -- Becker Village Mall -- Roanoke Rapids, NC
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Becker Village Mall -- Roanoke Rapids, NC One of the few businesses open in the mall is H&R Block. Becker Village Mall -- Roanoke Rapids, NC
When I was researching this mall for this entry I came across something someone had posted in 2006. This same exact vinyl banner was in those pictures as well. The banner is still going strong. That’s the only thing still going strong at Becker Village.
Becker Village Mall -- Roanoke Rapids, NC

Jackson Mall / Cumberland Regional Mall — Williamsburg, Kentucky

The Cumberland Regional Mall is located in the town of Williamsburg in Whitley County, Kentucky along US 25W.  This was another big mystery to me.  Ive noticed this mall for years.  There is literally no information or pictures available online about this mall or its history.
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The mall was originally opened in 1977 and anchored by TG&Y and Food World.

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Family Dollar is now in part of the former Food World

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This building was originally TG&Y, later McCroy’s, until that chain closed.  Walmart opened here in 1987.  Im thinking thats about the time that this mall changed its name to Cumberland Regional.  The Walmart remained until March of 1999.

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Radio Shack sign is still on the outside.

 

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Today the mall is basically comprised of a couple of restaurants, a parole office, a pawn shop, an indoor bouncy house and a nail salon.  There was a theater here until around 2010 called Movies Five.wp_20160102_004-2_23769552589_o
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One of the few businesses open in the mall was this pawn shop and the Mexican Restaurant next door.
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This is a church now. Im thinking something like Shoe Show or possibly even Cato would have filled this space in the past.
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wp_20160102_016-2_24029155392_o The GOLD of the entire exploration, the walled up mall entrance from the former Walmart! Walmart closed here in 1999 when they opened up a super center near I 75. wp_20160102_020-2_23769419069_o
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The entrance from the rear side nearest to the former Food World.

The mall does have a more recent claim to fame.  It even made the Huffington Post when a Chinese Restaurant at the mall was caught using road kill for their entrees.  Yummy.  That article can be found by clicking HERE

As always, if you have any more information about this mall please feel free to contact me or comment. Special thanks to my friend Bobby Peacock for helping me piece together the history of this mall!