All That Remains: Salem Mall, Trotwood, Ohio

Former Sears -- Salem Mall, Trotowood, Ohio

Salem Mall was the first enclosed shopping mall in the Dayton Ohio area, opening in 1966.  The mall originally was home to 60 stores and was anchored by Rike’s and Sears. In the early 1980s the mall was reworked and now had a capacity for over 100 stores.  By the mid 90s the mall was considered a dead mall A death knell came to the mall in 1998 when both Lazarus and JC Penney pulled out of the mall.
Former Sears -- Salem Mall, Trotowood, Ohio With changing demographis and a general eastward flight of new development in the Dayton area, Salem Mall eventually, battered and beaten closed its doors and on May 6, 2006 demolition on the mall began. Only the Sears building would remain standing. Former Sears -- Salem Mall, Trotowood, Ohio
In October 2013 it was announced that Sears would close its Trotwood location. That building has been standing vacant since.
Former Sears -- Salem Mall, Trotowood, Ohio

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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Former Goody’s
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Closed Sears hometown -- Richmond, KY Closed Sears hometown -- Richmond, KY
The Sears Hometown store closed in January of 2017.
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Kmart Stores of Kentucky

This collage represents each of the 24 Kmart locations that were open in Kentucky as of July 2016.
Kmart Stores of Kentucky  7/2016
Starting with the top row from left to right:

  • Erlanger, Kentucky
  • Louisville (Outer Loop)  — Closed March 2017
  • Louisville (Taylorsville Road)  —  Closed July 2016
  • Louisville (Poplar Level) — Closed July 2016
  • Elizabethtown — Closed July 2016

Second row from left to right

  • Georgetown — Closed March 2017
  • Frankfort
  • Maysville — Closed July 2016
  • Paintsville — Closed July 2016
  • London — Closed March 2017

Third row from left to right

  • Corbin  — Closed March 2017
  • Somerset
  • Owensboro (Fredrica Street)
  • Owensboro (Parish Avenue) — Closed March 2017

Fourth row from left to right

  • Paducah
  • Glasgow
  • Hopkinsville — Closed March 2017
  • Bowling Green — Closed March 2017
  • Henderson

Fifth row from left to right

  • Grayson
  • Russell Springs
  • Versailes
  • Lexington
  • Pikeville — Closed December 2016

From 24 locations to 11 in under a year.  Yikes.  😦

One Last Visit: Sears In Their Final Days at Fort Henry Mall

Sears -- Fort Henry Mall -- Kingsport, TN
Can we all just agree right off the bat that I am just a big weirdo? A big, sentimental, nostalgia obsessed, incredibly handsome weirdo? As more and more Kmart and Sears closings have been announced over the past 12 months I have raced over the Midwest and Southeast trying to document these stores and give them a footnote in a very small chapter of a minute subject of our human existence. None of the stores, save for the Kmart in Corbin is or was more dear to my heart than the Sears at Fort Henry Mall.
Sears -- Fort Henry Mall -- Kingsport, TN
Just after it was announced that this store would be closing i went over and visited and wrote up a blog entry covering the history of the store. That entry, along with photos from the visit can be found by clicking  on this link.

Sears — Fort Henry Mall — Kingsport, Tennessee
Sears -- Fort Henry Mall -- Kingsport TN The Sears at Fort Henry Mall will close for good at the end of the business day on Sunday March 26th. Sears -- Kingsport TN
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Sears -- Kingsport TN
At the time of this visit, with only three days left in business the attached auto center had already been closed for business and the signs removed.
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The Package Pick Up area was busy with people picking up fixtures that they have bought from the store.
Sears -- Fort Henry Mall -- Kingsport, TN If I was a betting man I would bet that this spot could very well become home to the tri cities area’s first Dunham’s Sports store. (although if I had my way it would become home to the areas first At Home store). Sears -- Fort Henry Mall -- Kingsport, TN
Hull, the company that recently purchased Fort Henry Mall appears ready and willing to do what it takes to reinvigorate the mall and have stated changes are coming to the mall as early as this summer. The company (Hull) also seems to have a knack for filling vacated mall anchor stores with Dunham’s or TJ Maxx.
Sears -- Fort Henry Mall -- Kingsport TN

Sears — Fort Henry Mall — Kingsport, Tennessee

Before starting this article, I realize that this mall “officially” changed it’s name to Kingsport Town Center almost 10 years ago.  However, seeing as how the mall has failed to follow through with even changing the name on the building, I refuse to call this mall by such a generic name.
Sears -- Kingsport Town Center, Kingsport TN
The mall was officially opened in November, 1976.  Sears opened with the mall and has been there ever since.  More information about the mall and it’s history can be found by clicking the link to an article on Sky City by clicking HERE.  On January 4, 2017 it was announced that the Sears at Fort Henry Mall along with about 150 more Sears and Kmart stores would close in March. The local article announcing the closure can be found by clicking HERE
Sears -- Kingsport Town Center, Kingsport TN I visited the store durring the third week of January and plan to visit one more time before the store closes in late March. Sears -- Kingsport Town Center, Kingsport TN.
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Sears -- Kingsport Town Center, Kingsport TN