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. When Richmond Mall opened it was home to Walmart, JC Penney, Goody’s and Dawahares. Walmart left Richmond Mall in March 1996 when they opened a supercenter next door. 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. 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.
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.
Oddly enough this location of Payless wasnt among the 400 store closures the chain recently announced.
The Sears Hometown store closed in January of 2017.
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.
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.