One less mall

Crossroads Mall, which was sold at the beginning of 2007, is now in the possession of the lender, and its future is unclear.

Or maybe it isn’t. This is what’s left of Kansas City’s Bannister Mall. The pattern was similar: the anchors (JCPenney, Dillard’s, The Jones Store, Sears) bailed out one by one, and eventually the bulldozers came. They haven’t come for Crossroads yet, but it’s just a matter of time, and when they do, nobody’s going to build something like this in its place — unless someone figures out a way to relocate both the landfill and the town of Valley Brook, neither of which are the slightest bit conducive to redevelopment.


  1. fillyjonk »

    4 May 2009 · 5:58 pm

    Similar pattern in (more downscale, I suspect) Sherman: the Sher-Den mall is long gone (though I’m told its demise was as much due to asbestos being present as anything), the Midway Mall is, for all intents and purposes, dead (many empty storefronts, I think Sears and Dillards are the only “name” stores left). There’s a new Town Center, which is one of those don’t-call-it-a-strip-mall strip malls, and it’s nice, but I’ve heard rumors that the developer/owner has filed for bankruptcy.

    There’s a giant depressing hole where Sher-Den used to be. And I never even shopped there – it was closed before I moved here. But it’s still depressing to look at. And Midway Mall is depressing to go into.

    Eventually, I think we are all either going to be ordering our stuff from Amazon or buying it at one of the Wal-terprises.

  2. jen »

    4 May 2009 · 9:47 pm

    the trend away from malls seems like such an opportunity for small business owners. i’ve read a fair amount about how people want to shop in little places — live in smaller houses — drive smaller cars. it’s all very compelling. =0

    i think i read here or somewhere that shepherd mall was closing or had sold, too????

  3. CGHill »

    4 May 2009 · 9:52 pm

    Shepherd Mall is still open, though there’s no retail to speak of: it’s been turned into an office complex with a lunch counter or two. The owners filed for Chapter 11 last fall.

  4. Mel »

    4 May 2009 · 11:19 pm

    Four Words: Massive Go Cart Track.

  5. Tatyana »

    5 May 2009 · 6:48 am

    I hate, hate malls.

  6. Jason »

    5 May 2009 · 6:55 am

    Hmm, Mel’s idea sounds fun!

  7. CGHill »

    5 May 2009 · 6:58 am

    We actually do have indoor karting in town — in what used to be a Builders Square store.

    Trini suggested a multi-use gaming location, with Laser Tag and other amenities.

  8. McGehee »

    5 May 2009 · 8:26 am

    A major mall in Sacramento bit the dust in 2006 and to my surprise was still a construction site when my wife and I passed through two years later. There was supposed to be a Walmart going up on the site but still doesn’t show it even now. The most recent news I’ve found about the site is a year and a half old. I suspect California’s real-estate crunch has had a lot to do with it.

    Florin Mall was one of a handful of malls I used to visit occasionally in my younger days — the more so during the 12 years I lived less than a mile away from it.

  9. Tatyana »

    5 May 2009 · 10:06 am

    What’s karting? A street peddling of goods from a cart?

  10. CGHill »

    5 May 2009 · 11:54 am

    Um, no.

  11. Tatyana »

    5 May 2009 · 1:57 pm

    sorry, Chaz. I don’t give attention to the sites with black background. My eyesight, as you know, is very important to me.

  12. Dan B »

    6 May 2009 · 12:25 am

    How do you know when you’ve crossed from Valley Brook to Oklahoma City’s Southeast Landfill?

    The quality of the trash improves.

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