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.
Flash Forward eight years later, and this mall is nothing more than a shell of it’s former self.
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!
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 HERE
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 Penney
The store has remained vacant since their departure.
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.
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.
The remainder of the pictures are various inline stores that are vacant. Enjoy and thanks for reading!
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PS: The elevator still works.
It seems like over the past 5 or 6 years especially, everywhere you look there is a closed down Sears or Kmart store. It’s really sad, because I can remember a time when Sears and Kmart were the titans of retail. Now….they are kind of an also ran…..Anyways, this store is the Sears that was at Oak Hollow Mall in High Point, North Carolina. Enjoy.
The store opened April 9, 1995 and closed at the end of the business day on April 29, 2012.
There will be a full scale write up of Oak Hollow Mall in the coming days. This is a fantastic facility and its sad to see it going to waste.
I refer to this as the mall that time and the Triad forgotten.
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
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.
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.
Today I traveled from Charlotte to Greensboro and up through Rockingham County to explore a few places that I had on my list. It was a good day. I spent the day with my friend Michael from Cary. My blog is heavy on covering abandoned buildings such as schools and post office buildings etc. But I also have a deep fascination with retail and dead or dying malls. Today was pretty heavy on the retail scene. Enjoy!
Now for a few shots from today. Full blog posts will come later.
This shot was taken at Oak Hollow Mall in High Point, most definitely a full blog post will be up soon.
The old Mill of Guilford in Oak Ridge, North Carolina.
Belk in a mall so dead they sealed their mall access off.
Belk in Eden, North Carolina….this store looks exactly like the Belk in Harlan did when I was a kid. The store is closing after the first of the year.
Finally the Eden Drive In
and last but certainly not least the Rockingham Theater.
Such a great day! Heading out bright and early in the morning, hoping to take a bit of a scenic route home to explore some more uncharted ground betwee here and home. It’s been great North Carolina, until we meet again in the spring!