Becker Village Mall; Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina

Located where the coastal plain meets the upland fall line, Roanoke Rapids was originally settled as a port.  Historically, it connected the appalachian upland with a navigable river to the Atlantic Ocean.  Today, Roanoke Rapids has outlived the necessity to be a port and instead functions as the anchor city to a small micropolitan area.  I-95, […]

Berkshire Mall; Wyomissing (Reading), Pennsylvania

I know that I’m really keeping these posts coming fast and furious lately, but after I threw up my tome on the Fairgrounds Square Mall outside of Reading, Pennsylvania, I decided to follow it up with the other, better mall serving the Reading area: the Berkshire Mall in Wyomissing. While the Berkshire Mall is in […]

Crossroads Mall; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Yes, you saw right.  That’s a working oil well in the middle of a mall parking lot.  Opened in February 1974 at one of the busiest freeway intersections in Oklahoma City, Crossroads Mall was and is still the largest mall in the state of Oklahoma.  Not only does the mall anchor the large retail strip surrounding it, but […]

Crossroads of San Antonio; Balcones Heights, Texas

San Antonio might be known better for its Latin flavors, the Alamo and its neighboring historic tourist-laden Riverwalk area of downtown, but few tourists venture beyond the riverboats and history and delve into the rest of the city.  Why?  Well, unless you’re a local or in one of the various military installations around the area, there isn’t really that much to do.  Except […]

Fairgrounds Square Mall; Muhlenberg Township (Reading), Pennsylvania

The Fairgrounds Square Mall is one of two major malls serving the Reading, Pennsylvania area. Fairgrounds Square is located on the northern edge of the city between the Allentown Pike and the Pottsville Pike, and at 718,000 square feet, is only slightly smaller than the more successful Berkshire Mall in Wyomissing, but I’m of the […]

Mall St. Matthews; Louisville, Kentucky

  The largest city in the state of Kentucky was put on the map by horse racing and baseball bats, but few are familiar with its retail scene.  As anchor to one of the larger trade areas in the region, metro Louisville consists of eight counties in northern Kentucky and four in south central Indiana, […]