The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

20 January 2006

Slowly but surely

Arkansas-based Dillard's, Inc. has announced plans to close three of its department stores, including the Heritage Park Mall store in Midwest City, which will shut down in March.

No other Dillard's stores in central Oklahoma will be affected.

This announcement comes at a particularly critical time for the troubled mall's new California-based ownership, which has been seeking new tenants to fill its abundance of vacancies and is spending serious bucks on refurbishing the place.

I have to wonder if maybe the old-fashioned department store, as a concept, could be on its last legs, what with the rise of specialty retailers, online shopping, and that other Arkansas-based chain.

Posted at 11:23 AM to City Scene

I hope to God not! That other Arkansas based chain doesn't hold a candle to Dillard's in quality.

Posted by: ms7168 at 12:49 PM on 20 January 2006

I have to admit that I've all but abandoned department stores in favor of boutiques and specialty outlets. In department stores it's all too common to have one or two buyers for the entire womens/misses department and if you don't like their taste, you're screwed.

Hence my preference for boutiques and other small stores: if I find one that carries something I like, chances are I'll like many of the other things their buyer has selected as well. Better yet: I rarely have to slog through a whole teen-filled, noisy mall to get that one dress or pair of shoes I need, then trudge back and hope nobody rips my purse off my shoulder.

Posted by: Venomous Kate at 1:48 PM on 20 January 2006

I would think that avoiding noisy teens would be a high priority indeed. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 2:09 PM on 20 January 2006

Heritage Park Mall needs an Extreme Makeover. It's quite a drive to Penn Square, and a LONG LONG LONG way to Quail Springs. And Crossroads - pffffbt.

Anyway - I think there's a market for a nice mall with Tier 1 stores in MWC/Del City. It's a large population.

By the way - why is it that there's no Starbucks (or any decent coffee that I know of) and no Big box book store anywhere near. Maybe I need to be educated.

K - Google Earth shows ONE independent coffee shop in MWC, and the closest large bookstore is more than 10 miles away. What gives?!

Posted by: Dan at 5:41 PM on 20 January 2006

It's always been seen as a bedroom community for Tinker AFB, and while the members of the Armed Services tend to be sterling folks, they don't get paid enough to indulge themselves in the sort of upscale frippery that's offered in other parts of town. Air Depot south of Reno has been fast-food hell for decades, despite the presence of perfectly respectable eateries like Chequers.

And new retail in the area is developing away from Heritage Park, which will isolate the mall further.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:10 PM on 20 January 2006