Steinbach Unearthed!

Michael, one of our readers, sent us some historic 1986 and 1994 photos of the soon-to-be-demolished Shore Mall in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, just outside of Atlantic City, (as well as two shots of the now-horrifying River Roads Mall in Jennings, MO). All three shots are pretty cool, but I’m especially excited about the […]

Norwichtown Mall; Norwich, Connecticut

Most of the attention in the “dead mall” phenomenon has focused on large, once-thriving (and often, once-dominant) malls that were done in by changing demographics or newer competitors. On the whole, the smaller malls are seen as necessarily casualties, centers that never really worked or aren’t large enough to miss. Strangely, I’m as fond (if […]

Meriden Square Mall (Westfield Meriden); Meriden, Connecticut

Long-time Labelscar readers may be curious to learn that one of the most popular malls in terms of search referral traffic to our site is the Meriden Mall, an abandoned and forlorn center located near downtown Meriden, Connecticut. I meant to post awhile back about its bigger neighbor, Meriden Square Mall–later re-christened “Westfield Meriden,” a […]

The Shoppes at Buckland Hills; Manchester, Connecticut

The Shoppes at Buckland Hills (Which was formerly known as the esoterically-named Pavilions at Buckland Hills until sometime… err, recently) is (Are? Damn you, subject-verb agreement!) one of the two major malls serving the immediate Hartford area. It’s the newest of the two by far, with the distinctively Taubman-styled–and far more interesting–Westfarms being the other, […]

Meriden Mall (Meriden Hub); Meriden, Connecticut

I’ve long had a strangely antagonistic relationship with Connecticut. I’ve always had a suspicion that the state–which seems bizarrely undermalled–was hiding some enclosed malls from us. Too many of the ones that do exist there are too big or too new to have been the entire story, and my suspicions are correct. Over the past […]

Bristol Centre Mall; Bristol, Connecticut

Bristol Centre Mall is one of the stranger and more forgotten malls we’ve found in New England. Located in the downtown area of Bristol, Connecticut, an old, sprawling, blue-collar city about 20 minutes southwest of Hartford, it has almost no national chain stores and has very little internet presence–it’s even snubbed by the International Council […]

Chapel Square Mall; New Haven, Connecticut

New Haven has long had a bad reputation as a rough and dowdy city. Truth be told, this characterization has always reeked of sour grapes to me–it seemed like the only people talking about how “awful” New Haven is are those Yale students who are maybe just a bit bitter they didn’t get into Harvard. […]