Latham Circle Mall; Latham, New York

After a rather long dry spell (since November), I managed to get out for a day this past weekend to re-visit all of the malls in the Albany area, one of my favorite metropolitan areas for retail development within easy reach of Boston. I hadn’t actually been out to visit since 2001, so it was […]

Edgewater Mall (Edgelake Plaza); Manitowoc / Two Rivers, Wisconsin

Manitowoc, Wisconsin is a small port city in east-central Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Michigan. With a population of 34,000 and micropolitan area (with Two Rivers and the rest of the county) of just over 50,000, Manitowoc is hardly a large place. Most of its roots are in manufacturing, shipping and agriculture, and thus […]

Blue Ridge Mall; Kansas City, Missouri

Opened in 1958 at the corner of U.S. 40 and I-70 in east Kansas City, Blue Ridge Mall was a major shopping center anchored by The Jones Store, JCPenney, and Montgomery Ward.  Once the fourth largest mall in the Kansas City area, Blue Ridge Mall slid into a quick decline and today is nothing more than a Wal-Mart Supercenter […]

Tewksbury Mills: Dead in the Water?

Yesterday’s announcement that Simon is mulling a purchase of embattled Mills Corporation has gotten me wondering about one of Mills’ stalled projects right in my own backyard: Tewksbury Mills. I’ve had an eye on this project for awhile. One of only two new enclosed malls currently proposed for New England, Tewksbury Mills was originally proposed […]

Simon Offers To Buy Mills Corporation

A big-name player in the ownership of retail centers may soon be getting bigger. On February 5, 2007, Simon Property Group Inc., which holds interest in some 286 retail properties, mostly enclosed malls, offered to buy beleagured rival Mills Corp. for $24 per share.  This isn’t the first offer Mills has received recently.  Just three weeks […]

The Maine Mall; South Portland, Maine

I was going to write something about football in here, and about how I kind of want the Bears to beat the Colts, but I really just figured I should diffuse the uber-dorkiness inherent in writing blogs about malls while I’m not only watching the superbowl, but also hosting a superbowl party. Ouch. I am […]

Bannister Mall; Kansas City, Missouri

The fountains here are still running, but for how much longer?  UPDATE 5/31/07:  The mall has closed permanently. Our first post from Kansas City focuses on a one-million square-foot behemoth of broken dreams.  Opened in 1980, the two-level Bannister Mall is located at the interchange between I-435 and Bannister Road in southeast Kansas City.  Once a […]