Midtown Plaza and Scotia Centre; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

midtown-plaza-23Midtown Plaza opened in 1969-1970, centered around the former site of Sasktoon’s main rail station, which was relocated to the west side during a major downtown redevelopment effort. The redevelopment also included a major performing arts center (or, centre, if we’re trying to be native), TCU Place, and a large office tower, The Tower at Midtown, as well as a new downtown freeway, and another bridge. Paris, watch out.

Frontier Mall; Cheyenne, Wyoming

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Frontier Mall is Cheyenne’s enclosed regional mall, located on the north side of town along the Dell Range Boulevard retail strip. With 538,000 square feet of leasable space, Frontier Mall is the second largest of Wyoming’s three regional malls – just barely larger than Casper’s Eastridge Mall. The single-level Frontier Mall opened in 1981, anchored by Denver based Joslins, JCPenney, and Sears.

Holiday Village Mall; Great Falls, Montana

holiday-village-mall-31The oldest mall in Montana, Holiday Village Mall opened in 1959, anchored by Albertson’s grocery store, Skaggs Drugs, and Montgomery Ward. In the 1960s, Havre-based Buttrey’s Drug and Buttrey’s Suburban department store were added to the mall. In 1979, Minnesota-based Herberger’s department store opened on the east side of the mall in a minor expansion. Also, at some point the Buttrey’s Suburban department store became JCPenney.

Retail Newsbrief: Tim Horton’s, JCPenney, Smith & Hawken, Ritz Camera, Goody’s

Two large, popular chains are coming to New York City this month.  Tim Horton’s, the venerable Canadian donut-and-coffee outlet, is opening 12 outlets across Manhattan and Brooklyn this month, with 3 more coming in August.  The stores are replacing former Dunkin Donuts outlets, and hopefully will find a niche in one of the toughest and most saturated markets […]

West Edmonton Mall; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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So far, the largest shopping center we’ve featured on this site is the massive Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota. On a recent trip which brought us through the intermountain west and western Canada, we were able to visit the only North American mall larger than the Mall of America: West Edmonton Mall in Canada.

Highland Mall; Austin, Texas

Highland-Mall-08 Austin’s Highland Mall has become one of 2009’s most famous dying (though not yet dead) malls due to some high profile craziness and catfights. What’s going on down in the Lone Star State?

Scenes From a 1990 Mall

Here’s something interesting: some 1990-vintage footage of Los Angeles malls sped up and set to music. From Joel Fletcher.