Gottschalks to Return From the Dead?

OK, file this one under “WTF:” Defunct California department store chain Gottschalks–who were claimed about a year ago by the recession–may be re-emerging under their old banner in some locations, starting with the Sierra Vista Mall in the Fresno suburb of Clovis: Joe Levy wants to begin reviving the Gottschalk brand in Clovis, opening the […]

Hickory Hollow Mall; Antioch (Nashville), Tennessee

Our second installment of hickory-themed malls in Tennessee brings us to Antioch, a neighborhood of Nashville located 10 miles southeast of downtown. Thoroughly suburban, Antioch is home to housing developments from the post-war era to present day, with a large housing stock of starter homes intended for blue collar families. As such, Antioch is a diverse mix of residents from many economic levels, ranging from recent immigrants to native Tennesseeans. Recently, though, a demographic shift has brought more immigrants and minorities to Antioch than ever before, making it much more diverse.

As Antioch grew, a large, regional mall was developed in 1978 near the interchange of Bell Road and Interstate 24. Called Hickory Hollow Mall, it was Nashville’s second super-regional mall after north-suburban Rivergate and the largest mall in the south half of metro Nashville. Its location was somewhat strategic, taking advantage of proximity to the monied areas of south Nashville as well as being only 20 minutes from fast-growing Murfreesboro.

Northshore Mall; Peabody, Massachusetts

Strangely, the malls that we have some degree of personal attachment to seem like the hardest ones to post. Neither Prangeway nor I have posted the ones closest to our houses yet, for example, and although I have a cache of photos of malls all over the country, I don’t have a lot of the […]

Southdale Center and Victor Gruen; Edina, Minnesota

This might be the most important one we’ve featured here. Southdale is the mall that started it all, from the man who started it all – Victor Gruen. Sure, there were shopping centers and arcades, bazaars and this and that all over the world predating Southdale, which opened in 1956, but Southdale was the model for everything that came after. Southdale transformed shopping in America, shifting it away from downtowns and into the suburbs. Furthermore, it was built by an eccentric, energetic visionary, Victor Gruen, whose socialist ideals for retail development were infiltrated, bastardized (Gruen’s word!) and changed by American capitalism, giving us the frenetic retail landscape we know today. He had some major help from U.S. Congress, though, who in 1954 passed a bill to stimulate manufacturing in America; instead, it unwittingly created the retail building boom and hastened a cultural change in the built environment as we know it.

River Valley Mall; Lancaster, Ohio

Over the past 23 years, River Valley Mall has anchored the retail strip on the northeast side of Lancaster, and has spawned a critical mass of big box plazas and chain restaurants along the Memorial Drive corridor. Along the mall’s ring road are a Frisch’s Big Boy restaurant, Best Buy, Applebee’s, IHOP, Office Max, Target, Red Lobster, and Hobby Lobby. Directly across the street from the mall are even more restaurants and chain stores, including Bob Evans, White Castle, Taco Bell, Olive Garden, Hampton Inn and Pier One Imports.

Logorama: Fun With Logos

Logorama from Marc Altshuler – Human Music on Vimeo. Logorama is an outstanding short film that’s made of nothing but corporate logos, and it’s a great piece of fun pop art. Directed by the French animation collective H5, François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy + Ludovic Houplain, it was presented at the Cannes Film Festival in […]

Galleria Dallas; Dallas, Texas

Situated on the far north side of Dallas at the intersection of I-635 and the Dallas North Tollway, the upscale Galleria Dallas opened as Dallas Galleria in 1982. The large, three level mall was originally anchored by Chicago-based Marshall Field’s on the north end and Saks Fifth Avenue at the south end, with over 150 upscale stores and a 432 room Westin Hotel in tow, and was modeled after the historic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy.

Valley View Center; Dallas, Texas

Opened in 1973, Valley View Center was the first major mall in far north Dallas, the expansive, monied area of the DFW Metroplex located north of I-635. Valley View is situated at I-635 and Preston Road, about 13 miles north of downtown Dallas. When it opened, Valley View Center was on the edge of town – today, Valley View is only a third of the way from downtown to the edge of the Metroplex. After 36 years, multiple expansions and competition appearing literally adjacent to it, Valley View is on the precipice of a major change after having seen better days.

Warwick Mall; Warwick, Rhode Island

UPDATE 4/3/2010: I’m resurfacing this post from 2006 specifically because the Warwick Mall has been all over the news this week. Rhode Island’s Warwick Mall was a victim of a flood that was the worst Rhode Island has seen in 200 years, and the entire mall was buried under 2+ feet of water (and as […]