Belvidere Mall; Waukegan, Illinois

Most of our retail “fall from glory” tales are variations on the same theme.  Larger, more modern competition swoops in and leaves behind a swath of older retail in the dust.  Literally.  This particular story is no exception; however, it’s a lot more complicated (and interesting) than that, at least from a retail history standpoint.  Apparently if you […]

Natick Collection (Former Natick Mall); Natick, Massachusetts

Natick Collection in Natick, MassachusettsThe Natick Collection (formerly the Natick Mall) is New England’s largest mall, with somewhere between 1.7 and 2 million square feet of floor space. But as you’ll see from these pictures, it’s also easily the most dramatic; with vaulted, undulating ceiling lines, a faux-white birch forest, and some truly daring external architecture, Natick Collection strives to be a place you want to go, not just a place you can shop.

Grand Avenue Mall; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Located in the middle of downtown Milwaukee, the Grand Avenue Mall opened in August 1982.  Part of a larger civic revitalization effort, the mall premiered downtown during a time when retail (and nearly everything else) had moved out to the ‘burbs and downtown Milwaukee was left to the 9-to-5ers and the bums.  A nationwide problem not unique to Milwaukee, […]

Peek Peek Sneak About

(photo via As some of you have noticed, we’ve been having some server issues the past few days. That’s part of the reason we haven’t gotten much content up lately, but trust me, we’re working on something pretty neat. Here’s some miscellany to tide you over, in case you’re starving for some mall-related reading: […]