Sunrise Mall; Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi, the largest city in South Texas, is home to 285,000 people with over 430,000 in the metro area.  Home to HEB grocery stores, the Whataburger fast food chain, Corpus Christi is also the 8th largest deep sea port in the U.S.  The following submission is from reader “Jonah Norason” and his experience with Sunrise Mall, one of […]

The Galleria; Houston, Texas

Longtime reader/commenter Jonah Norason of Two Way Roads sent us this detailed history of The Galleria in Houston, Texas, that we had to share with you. I haven’t been down to this one myself (though Prangeway has), but after looking at these photos I’m pretty tempted to try and get down to the Lone Star […]

North Hills Mall; North Richland Hills, Texas

For those out there who are true dead mall fans, this one’s for you.  Get ready for a tale of competition, empty promises and sad outcomes, but not before a complete pre-demolition tour of an empty ghost mall nine months after it closed for good. Located in northern Tarrant County, Texas, about 10 miles northeast of downtown Fort Worth and […]

Crossroads of San Antonio; Balcones Heights, Texas

San Antonio might be known better for its Latin flavors, the Alamo and its neighboring historic tourist-laden Riverwalk area of downtown, but few tourists venture beyond the riverboats and history and delve into the rest of the city.  Why?  Well, unless you’re a local or in one of the various military installations around the area, there isn’t really that much to do.  Except […]

San Jacinto Mall; Baytown, Texas

Baytown, Texas is a large working-class suburb of about 70,000 people about 20 miles east of Houston. Baytown’s location on Galveston Bay has positioned it for industrial growth throughout the last few decades, mostly in oil and steel. Baytown is home to one 1.2 million square foot mall located at I-10 and Garth Road. Opened […]

El Centro Mall; Pharr, Texas

Pharr is a city in the Rio Grande Valley region of far southern Texas, a 70-mile string of cities between Mission in the west and Brownsville in the east, roughly paralleling US 83 along the Mexican border.  The region is one of the fastest growing in the nation, with a current population of over 1 million […]

Mall of the Mainland; Texas City, Texas

The Houston, Texas metropolitan area is both massive and diverse.  In terms of population, at over 5 million people, it’s in the top 10 in the United States.  In spatial extent, the Houston area stretches over 60 miles from Katy in the west to Baytown in the east, and over 100 miles from Conroe in the […]

Six Flags Mall; Arlington, Texas

With a population of over 360,000, Arlington, Texas is one of the country’s megasuburbs.  An advantageous location sandwiched directly between Dallas and Fort Worth combined with a national trend of growth in sun belt regions has given Arlington an impressive 40% increase in population since 1990.  In 1950, Arlington’s population was just 7,000.  This explosive growth is similar […]

Almeda Mall; Houston, Texas

Some of you may have heard about an accolade we’ve had around here that we’re pretty excited about. You see, despite being a relatively little-known blog about esoteric retail subjects, Time Magazine saw fit to name us their Person of the Year for 2006, which is quite an honor. We’re pretty psyched, even if we […]

Western Plaza; Amarillo, Texas

  I discovered this gem of a dead mall while on a road trip to California in July of 2004.  Now, Amarillo was a strange place for me to begin with.  Something about the flat, wide open spaces on the way into town, and the many signs along I-40 advertising the Big Texan Steak Ranch, […]