1997 & beyond: the end
When 1997 began, 26 of the mall's 42 storefronts were empty.
Sports Authority opened in the former Spiess location later that year.
They did not have a mall entrance.
As 1998 rolled around, Kmart also closed off their mall entrance.
One by one, the remaining stores moved out, until only the blue-shaded
area was occupied. The rest of the mall was blocked off
by large partitions and a new rear entrance was built.
Remodeling began in the vacated areas.
Eventually, only Walgreens (#32) was left.
For a short time during the summer of 1998, you could still see
the last remaining section of mall behind Walgreens, through their
metal security gate. Later, a wall and storage area were built there.
42) Payless Shoe Source (1985-1997)
1) Giant Book Warehouse (1997)
2) County Seat (1977-1997)
Casual fashions for guys & gals
4) Jeri's Hallmark (1994-1998)
Hallmark cards & gifts
5) Crystal Highlands Golf (1997)
Golf supplies & accessories
7) Wonder Nails (1995-1997)
13) Brauns (1994-1997)
Fashions for women & juniors
24) Temptations Jewelry (1995-1997)
25) Service Optical (1976-1997)
26) Gipper Formalwear (1976-1997)
28) We Care Hair (1988-1997)
29) Claire's Boutiques (1976-1997)
Jewelry, accessories, ear piercing
30) Turtle Island (1994-1997)
Southwestern & nature-inspired gifts
31) Kinney Shoes (1976-1997)
32) Walgreens (1976-2002)
33) Athletic X-Press (1986-1997)
36) & 37) Fashion Bug (1980-1997)
Fashions for women, juniors & plus sizes
the mall today
Sports Authority opened in 1997. Borders Books & Music
and Bed, Bath & Beyond opened in 1998. Office Depot opened in 1999.
Walgreens remained at the mall until 2002, when they moved to their
new location at the intersection of Route 14 and Virginia Street.
Cost Plus World Market moved into the former Walgreens location in 2003.
At the other end of the shopping center, Dominick's
Finer Foods departed in 1999 and was replaced by Best Buy.
Very little remains from the mall days. These windows
at the rear of Cost Plus once flooded the mall with sunlight.
On the directory, they are indicated by the purple X.
A Kmart employee informed me that the raised roof and
windows that once surrounded the mall center court are still there,
covered up by the Borders ceiling.
Two rear entrances still exist, although they
are only used as emergency exits. On one, you can still see the
original mall hours! This entrance is marked by the green X.