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Towne Mall Galleria -- Middletown,  Ohio As you can see the directory is terribly out of date.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

Turfland Mall (1967-2008) — Lexington, Kentucky

Turfland Mall is probably the least talked about and remembered of Lexington’s four enclosed shopping malls.
Turfland Mall Map -- Lexington, KY

The mall  first opened at 2033 Harrodsburg Road as Lexington’s first enclosed shopping mall in August of 1967, that’s right, before Fayette Mall and even before the old Lexington Mall.   The original anchors were Grant City, McAplin’s and Montgomery Ward.   Grant City was the first of the anchors to close in 1976.  That space was quickly filled by JC Penney.  JC Penney would remain in this space until 1993 when the newer and rapidly growing Fayette Mall’s location of Hess Department Store Closed.  JC Penney moved to Fayette Mall.
Turfland Mall -- Lexington, Kentucky Turfland Mall was sold in 1997 and a 5 million dollar renovation project began.  In 1998 McAlpins was sold to Dillard’s and later that year the old JC Penney Space was then replaced by a Dillard’s Home Store. Turfland Mall -- Lexington, Kentucky
In December of 1990 the two screen theater at Turfland Mall was closed.
Turfland Mall -- Lexington, KY Montgomery Ward closed at Turfland Mall in 2000 and its space was reconfigured for use by a new Home Depot Store. On December 31, 2007 it was announced that Dillard’s would close both stores at Turfland Mall.   The Dillard’s Home Store closed in April of 2008 with the main Dillard’s store remaining in operation until June 22, 2008.  The final remaining retail unit remained in operation at Turfland mall was GNC.  The GNC store closed on July 31, 2008.  The mall closed to the public on October 1, 2008. Turfland Mall Demolition -- Lexington, Kentucky

In February of 2014 demolition began and the mall was razed.  The Lexington Herald Leader done a very nice job covering the demolition and included a complete photo set to document the mall’s demolition.  That article can be found by clicking HERE
The site is now home to UK Healthcare at Turfland. Nice that they continued the use of the old name. 🙂

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)

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The store has remained vacant since their departure.
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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.
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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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