PREIT Purchases Former Strawbridge’s Flagship Store

One of the more prominent retail sites vacated due to the Federated/May merger has been snatched up by PREIT (The Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust). According to, the developer has signed a purchase agreement for floors one through six of the former Strawbridge’s anchor store at Eighth and Market Streets in center city Philadelphia. […]

Capital City Mall; Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Not every mall can be exciting, and truth be told, the Capital City Mall in Camp Hill, a suburb just southwest of Harrisburg, isn’t terribly remarkable. It’s a fairly standard mid-sized one-level mall with 576,000 square feet and three anchor stores organized roughly in the classic dumbell fashion. Its greatest drama seems to be that […]

Phoenix Spectrum Mall (formerly Chris-Town Mall); Phoenix, Arizona

Chris Town Mall in the 1960s Billed as the first air-conditioned mall west of the Mississippi, Chris-Town Mall opened with huge fanfare in 1961. Originally, the mall opened with four anchors: JCPenney, Montgomery Ward, local Phoenix department store Korrick’s, and UA Theatres. Bullocks, a department store chain from Los Angeles, was added soon after the mall opened.

Dort Mall; Flint, Michigan

Sometimes instead of being redeveloped into strip malls and “Lifestyle Centers”, enclosed malls are simply forgotten, passed over like so much fruit cake in December. The reasons for this are varied, but mostly have to do with the fact that the area the mall lies in is no longer viable for retail, or at least […]

Carousel Mall; San Bernardino, California

Long ago, on the not-so-distant planet called California, a mall opened as part of an urban renewal project in downtown San Bernardino. The year was 1972 and the mall was Central City Mall (later Carousel Mall). It opened to popularity and fanfare with anchors Harris’, JCPenney, and Montgomery Ward. Not too long passed before the […]

Springfield Mall; Springfield, Virginia

Part of the purpose of Labelscar is to unearth and share retail oddities that we find in our travels. I’d think that the dice-like cubes that sit atop the mall entrances at the Springfield Mall qualify, wouldn’t you? The Springfield Mall is a 1.4 million square foot enclosed shopping mall with over 230 stores in […]

County Line Mall; Indianapolis, Indiana

County Line Mall was a small enclosed mall located at US 31 and County Line Road at the southern edge of Indianapolis.  It was built in 1976, and was never meant to be anything big.  It spent its entire life housing no more than 20-30 smaller stores surrounding a hallway in front of a larger, 100,000 […]

Midtown Plaza; Rochester, New York

The Midtown Plaza in Rochester, New York is one of the best-preserved old shopping malls that I’ve visited. It’s also one of the oldest enclosed downtown shopping malls in the United States. Perhaps one of the stranger bits of trivia about the Midtown Plaza is that it is often–erroneously–referred to as the nation’s first enclosed […]

Har Mar Mall; Roseville, Minnesota

Located in Roseville, Minnesota, almost smack dab in the middle of the Twin Cities metro area, Har Mar Mall opened in 1961.  It was designed by the same company which built Apache Plaza in nearby St. Anthony and opened the same year (Apache Plaza failed as a mall and was torn down in 2004).  However, […]

Washington Mall; Washington, Pennsylvania

Washington Mall opened in a former cornfield in 1968 near the intersection of US 19/Murtland Ave and newly constructed I-79 (Now I-70 and I-79 run concurrently on this segment) in Washington, PA (population 15,000).  The cost of the mall then: $4 million.  The mall’s condition today: priceless. Today, Washington Mall is a relic.  The 800,000 square […]