Randhurst Mall; Mount Prospect, Illinois

Located in a middle class northwest suburb of Chicago called Mt. Prospect, Illinois, Randhurst Mall opened in 1962 to great fanfare.  It had a major significance in the Chicagoland area in that it was the very first major enclosed suburban shopping mall in the region whereas today there are well over 30 suburban enclosed malls in the Chicago area.  Its original […]

Downtown to Become Lifestyle Center

According to GlobeSt.com, the flagship L.L. Bean Store–which is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is the epitome of the outdoor lifestyle brand–is going to be redeveloped as a $40 million dollar, 113,000 square-foot lifestyle center, anchored by a revamped L.L. Bean store. Of course, the original L.L. Bean store is […]

Boston Globe Editorial on the Death of the Department Store

I highly recommend checking out this editorial in today’s Boston Globe, written by Jan Whittaker (the author of Service & Style: How the American Department Store Fashioned the Middle Class). It makes for very interesting reading on the week that we’re saying goodbye for good to many of our most beloved regional department store nameplates. […]

American Mall; Lima, Ohio

American Mall opened in 1965 along West Elm Street on the west side of Lima, Ohio.  Anchored by northwest Ohio-based full-service department store The Andersons and Value City, American Mall is listed as having about 450,000 square feet according to the International Council of Shopping Centers directory.  The design of the indoor portion of the […]

Las Vegas Outlet Center; Las Vegas, Nevada

It’s time to wrap up my Las Vegas series with this relatively unremarkable little bonus, the Las Vegas Outlet Center. Located on South Las Vegas Boulevard a few miles south of the strip, this half million square-foot, fully enclosed outlet center strays a bit outside of the kind of thing we’d usually devote inches to […]

Galleria at Sunset; Henderson, Nevada

Opened in 1996 in the far-flung southeastern Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, The Galleria at Sunset was constructed to capitalize on the growth spurt of the Las Vegas area, and was an attempt to move more retail out to where people were moving. The area around the mall today is one of the largest retail […]

Meadows Mall; Las Vegas, Nevada

Other than the malls of the strip and the nearby Boulevard Mall, the vast suburban expanse of Las Vegas, Nevada–much of which has been built in the last decade or two–is covered by only two full-line enclosed shopping malls, on the southeast and northwest sides of the city. The Meadows Mall, which is a 900,000 […]