Parks-Belk — Jefferson City, Tennessee

A lot of times when I go exploring in unfamiliar towns I pre-explore on google maps.  Last night I was “driving around” in downtown Jefferson City, Tennessee and spotted this:
Old Parks-Belk -- Jefferson City, Tennessee The most recent street view was dated 2014 so I was excited and curious to find out if the remnants of the old Parks-Belk sign were still exposed. Luckily, as you can see, they were! Old Parks-Belk -- Jefferson City, Tennessee
I cant locate any information about Parks-Belk in Jefferson City. So if anyone has any idea of a closing date, pass that along, that would be awesome. This building has been recently sold and there are some revitalization efforts going on in the town. This sign’s days are probably numbered.
Old Parks-Belk -- Jefferson City, Tennessee

Kmart — Mayberry Mall (1976-2016)

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First a little history on Mayberry Mall. The mall opened in 1968 anchored by Winn Dixie and WT Grant’s Grant City. The Kmart opened in 1976 after WT Grant’s Grant City, which was the original anchor in this spot closed in 1975. in 1970 Belk joined the mall, and in 1987 JC Penney moved into the mall.
Kmart -- Mount Airy, North Carolina In late September it was announced that 64 more Kmart stores would close. Among these stores was the store at Mayberry Mall. Kmart -- Mount Airy, North Carolina
Kmart -- Mount Airy, North Carolina This store closes for good today, December 11, 2016. Once it is closed the last of the mall Kmart stores in North Carolina will be gone. At one time there were several mall Kmart stores in the state including ones in Eden, Hendersonville and Roanoke Rapids. Kmart -- Mount Airy, North Carolina

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
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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.
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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.
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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)

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The store has remained vacant since their departure.
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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.
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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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Belk — Eden Mall — Rockingham County, North Carolina

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Belk at Eden Mall was originally opened in 1980 as Belk-Cline.

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Walking inside this store is like entering a time and space warp and being instantly transported back to Belk at Village Center Mall in Harlan, Kentucky 1990.  The wooden floors are still intact in this store.

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The wall panels are all the same.

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It even had the same layout that I remember the store in Harlan having, the giant circle or octagon type set up.

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Sadly, this store is short for this world, as it was announced early this fall that the store would close.

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The Belk at Eden Mall will close shortly after the new year.

 

 

Eden Mall — Rockingham County, North Carolina

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Back about 5 years ago when I first started exploring my fascination with abandoned malls and retail history in general I stumbled across a blog called skycity.

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There I read about all of these dead and dying malls.  It fed my fascination and Eden Mall was definitely one of the main courses to that feeding.

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Flash Forward a couple of years and I locate a sky city group on Facebook.  A bunch of people just like me with a nerdy fascination with malls and retail.  I joined that group and have found some of the best friends I have in my life there.

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This past March I visited Eden Mall for the first time with my friend Sunny.  It was everything I had imagined and then some.  I was intrigued and fell in love with the mall.

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Im not going to go into a big history about this mall and its former tenants but I will go over a few basic facts.

  • Opened in 1980
  • Original anchors were Belk-Cline, Globemans (later Peebles) and Kmart
  • Kmart at Eden Mall closed in 1994
  • Peebles left the mall in the fall of 2008
  • A video from this visit can be found by clicking HERE

If you want to find out more about this mall please go check out my friend’s write up about the blog over at Sky City.  That entry can be found by clicking HERE.

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Back in the fall Belk announced that they would close the location at Eden Mall, the last anchor and last chain store located at the mall.  I knew I had to go back just one last time to visit Eden Mall and the Belk store that retained much of the character and feel of the Belk from my childhood to this day.

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The mall apparently had fountains or at least a water feature in the wing near Kmart.

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The entrance near Kmart was unlocked and open in March, but when I was back there earlier this month the doors were locked.  However that part of the mall was accessible from the interior corridor.

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There are still a couple of local shops open in the mall, some sort of flea market, a furniture store and a gym right off the top of my head, but I honestly dont know if any of those had access from inside the mall, which leads me to wonder….how long will this mall be accessible by the public?

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The Former Globemans / Peebles

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The former Kmart auto center and lawn and garden section

And finally, the Belk

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I will have a separate entry for this store and its closing up tonight.  Thank you for reading and enjoy!

Westchester Mall / Providence Place — High Point, North Carolina

I refer to this as the mall that time and the Triad forgotten.

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The Westchester Mall opened to the public on Wednesday, April 22, 1970.  The mall was the first enclosed shopping mall in High Point and was anchored by Belk, JC Penney and Thalhimers ( a regional department store that operated in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee, that would eventually become Macy’s)   A photo of that store can be found by clicking HERE

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The mall remained a viable shopping destination until 1995 when Oak Hollow Mall (another dead mall that I will be covering on this blog in the coming days) opened up a few miles away and took with it JC Penney and Belk, leaving the Westchester Mall anchorless.

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Today the mall is called Towne Centre and is home to a couple of churches and a beauty parlor.  The mall is also connected to an assisted living center called Westchester Village.

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