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    Century Plaza Mall

    Century Plaza officially closed it’s doors on May 31 in 2009. When it closed there were less than forty stores. Some of the last remaining were: Champs Sports, Foot Locker, RadioShack and Finish Line.

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    Greengate Mall Greensburg, PA

    To any resident of Greensburg and Westmoreland County, Greengate Mall was best known for the Christmas displays each year in Center Court. Ghostly memories of the 30-foot tree, decorated with yards of lights and surrounded with gifts and mounds of snow are reminiscent of Greengate’s golden days. Today, at the former site of the once [...]

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    Maple Hill Mall Kalamazoo Mi

    Maple Hill Mall was built in 1971, according to Storetrax, and was apparently expanded over time. 1990s phone books confirm that the mall’s anchors in 1993 were Montgomery Ward, Steketee’s, Gilmore Brothers, and Meijer Square. At that time, the mall also had a Rite Aid Discount Center, a Family Christian Bookstore, and possibly an Osco. [...]

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    Northridge Mall in Milwaukee, WI

    The Northridge Mall was once a thriving suburban retail center, which housed all of the most popular chain stores of the seventies and eighties as well as a six screen movie theater. These days, it is largely a dead mall space which is currently being looked at for a number of potential development projects. Northridge [...]

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    Valley Fair Mall Appleton WI

    The Valley Fair Mall was once called the Dirt Mall. That nickname was a straight reference to the movie, Mallrats. It was positioned on the corner of Calumet Street and Memorial Drive on the far south side of Appleton. The construction started back in 1953, and it did finally open on August 11th of 1954. [...]

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    Westgate Mall Madison, WI

    I remember looking at this mall when it was really in its heyday, and I’m not sure it was ever successful. I don’t know if it ever once thrived, or if it never thrived at all. Their website has been completely shut down as well. There are a ton of empty spaces at the mall, [...]

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    Rutland Mall Rutland VT

    There were a couple of anchor stores at this mall, which were a Zayre and Montgomery Ward, and it later turned into an Ames, because Ames purchased Zayre. Ames did not move out, but it had a couple of stores in the town, and it soon just closed that single one. It’s still a strange [...]

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    Ogden City Mall Ogden, UT

    There was a declining downtown situation in Ogden, Utah, and the Ogden City Mall was billed as a solution in a town with very little economic success. There was a ZCMI, Bon Marche, Nordstrom’s, and JC Penney that were the anchor stores for it. It was a very successful two-level mall throughout the middle portion [...]

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    The Huron Mall

    The Huron Mall had its opening on the southwest side of Huron, South Dakota in 1978, and it had some anchor stores like Kmart, Spurgeons, and JC Penney on the west side. The mall’s opening had been a big event for the farming and region, and there were a little over 10,000 people in town, [...]