Howdy, folks. It’s been a while. Due to school, work, and a little R&R (not to mention some content generation for this website) on the east coast this past week we’ve been a bit busy. Though fear not, we’ll churn up more interesting stuff for you to ponder well into the future.
Like the former Harding Mall in Nashville, Tennessee.
Opened in the 1960s, the 300,000 square foot Harding Mall was a small enclosed center featuring one major anchor and one junior anchor on the south side of Nashville. In later years the major anchor was Dillards and the junior anchor was Marshalls, but we’re sure history dictated some changes here and there and that wasn’t always the case. Over time, Harding Mall became eclipsed by larger, super-regional malls also in south Nashville like Hickory Hollow, The Mall at Green Hills, and Cool Springs Galleria. All of the aforementioned are still moderately or extremely successful today, and draw shoppers from all over central Tennessee. Harding Mall’s fate was sealed by this competition; it closed in 2005 and was promptly demolished following a few unsuccessful years repositioned with tenants catering to the spanish-speaking market. By Summer 2006 it was replaced by a shiny new Wal-Mart Supercenter. Not shocking, not even a unique situation, but a bit sad nonetheless.
Harding Mall scored design points for its general shape and decorative accoutrements. The mall space itself wrapped around the large Dillards anchor on three sides, creating a C-shape. Marshalls hung off to one end, and a cool backlit fountain was somewhere near the middle of the mall. The rest of the center was somewhat dated as well, and the logo is pretty neat too.
We visited in May 2001 during the mall’s major downswing, and at a time when smaller, ancillary enclosed malls began to fall out of favor in lieu of larger behemoths like the others nearby. Check out the pictures of the mall while it was still around below, and also take a look at some demolition photos posted here. And, feel free to share a few of your own memories and opinions as well.