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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Update: The Orchards Mall In Benton Harbor, Michigan Is Still Open.


     As I headed toward Grand Rapids for the weekend, I decided to stop at The Orchards Mall in Benton Harbor, the first mall I ever went to in Michigan. I first visited this little mall along I-94 back in July 2012, photo's of that time can be seen here in my original post of the mall.

     I have been meaning to get more pictures of this mall as I did not get that many of the outside the first time around, but nothing changed about the outside compared to my first set of photo's. Some tenant's are there that weren't last time, as some that were there last time, are not there now.

     Here are the photo's I took last week featuring a more in depth depiction of how business at the mall is doing. It just began to flurry after leaving the mall, but getting caught in a white out at night was the highlight of the trip!

Former Sears







Former Burger Chef/ Hardee's still vacant.

The Scion billboard is still up, although the car brand is discontinued.


The food court is completely vacant.



There was a little soviet Trabant car on display, very cool piece added to the mall's decor. Now I have seen two of these in person in my life.

Common sight.






Former Sears.


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Monday, January 30, 2017

Macy's Liquidation At Stratford Square Mall Begins.


     The start of a new year did not begin easy as several retailers already began announcing closures and cut backs to there portfolio's. Macy's was no exception beginning this year closing 68 stores or over a 100 estimated by the end of this year.

     These stores began there liquidation around the second week of January and will run through late March, possibly early April for some stores. Of most, several individual locations are more special than others to me, that in particular, the Macy's (former Marshall Field's) at Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale, Illinois.

     I post quite frequently about the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg as my favorite mall by far, as I grew up in Schaumburg, although Stratford Square is the first mall I went to ever!

     I will miss this store, and unfortunately, is another blow to the occupancy rate of a once great mall. It is still great, but here is my post of the mall featuring photos from years back and several store fronts are empty. Walk through today and it shows signs of being on the verge of being classified as a dead mall.

     Here are my pictures from two weeks ago as the liquidation started. A lot of good shots capturing the vultures grabbing "good deals", if this many people supported the store in the first place, it would not be closing.













Pacsun was having its last day sale, had to include a picture of this as well.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Janesville Mall Update 1/17.


     It's nice to finally see how the renovations done to Janesville Mall have really changed the interior appearance, although I am a fan of the old interior, new carpet, flooring, and paint can really brighten up and renew an old place. 


Since the last time I was here, JCPenney was still open, although the closure was announced the weekend I went here, and the store closed around April.

Last year, Dick's Sporting goods and Ulta Beauty opened in former JCPenney as major interior renovations were also completed. 




Very nice to see a RadioShack still operates here, I guess some things never change.




I was here on Sunday, so by this time, the mall was ready to close for the night.



Former JCPenney.




Former JCPenney.


Had an advertisement for the roofing company, and the aerial view still shows JCPenney.





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