Scottsdale Mall (Erskine Village); South Bend, Indiana

Located in north central Indiana about 90 miles east of Chicago, South Bend, Indiana is home to the legendary Notre Dame University and for almost a hundred years was also the home of the Studebaker auto empire.  In addition, South Bend is the anchor of the entire Michiana region, a 7-county area of north central Indiana and southwest Michigan containing […]

Midway Mall; Sherman, Texas

Midway Mall, located in Sherman, Texas, is the only major shopping mall for a section of Texoma comprised of the cities Sherman and Denison, Texas, and Durant, Oklahoma.  With a population of about 150,000, Midway Mall’s trade area is located approximately 70 miles northeast of downtown Dallas; however, the mall itself as well as the Texas side of its trade area are technically located […]

Manchester Center; Fresno, California

Manchester Center in Fresno, California

Before I get too histrionic, this is why I found Manchester Center in Fresno, California to be such a treat. It had been at least five years since I had discovered a mall quite like this one, and it was a shock to find such a creepy time capsule still completely open and accessible.

Gottschalks Sinking Fast; Filene’s Basement in Trouble

Yikes. They only just announced a Chapter 11 filing last week, but Gottschalks is on the fast track to oblivion. Inside Bay Area notes that Gottschalks needs a buyer now “or else:” Gottschalks Inc. intends to find a buyer by mid-March or it might proceed with a complete liquidation of its assets, according to court […]

Unsurprising Announcements: Say Goodbye to Circuit City, Gottschalks Teeters

As expected, 2009 is bringing a massive wave of retail bankruptcies. Today brings news of the biggest yet: Circuit City will be closing all of their stores and winding down their business between now and March 31. This will leave Best Buy as the only national electronics retailer, with only a few regional (or much […]

Macy’s Closing 11 Stores; Goody’s Says Goodbye Forever

Macy’s, like many other stores in the country, didn’t make it through the holiday season with a surplus of cash; in fact, Macy’s has emerged from the holiday season – a time when many stores report up to 50 percent of annual sales – badly beaten and in need to purge some of its stores.  […]

Perimeter Mall; Dunwoody, Georgia

Our first Georgia entry, Perimeter Mall, is located in the wealthy north-suburban Atlanta community of Dunwoody.  Opened in 1971, Perimeter Mall debuted as the fourth mall in Dekalb County, and the seventh mall in the Atlanta metropolitan area.  Nearly four decades later, Perimeter Mall is one of metro Atlanta’s best shopping venues and offers the most upscale store roster of any mall outside Buckhead.  […]