In the Western part of Michigan is the town of Holland, and in Holland there's a mall, and being profound, figured that this mall would be in a state of distress, empty and dying. Westshores Mall in Holland in an enclosed mall on the brink of becoming "de-malled", there are still stores, including JCPenney, Younker's, Dunham's Sports, and Chuck E. Cheese.
The mall was built in 1988 with over 450,000 square feet of retail shopping space and four anchor stores, JCPenney, Sears, Prange's, and Grand Rapids- Based Skeketee's Department Store.
Prange's was converted to Younker's in 1992. and the last Skeketee's in the chain closed in 2003 as a result of bankruptcy and in 2004, Dunham's Sports opened in the space.
Sears closed in 2004 and Steve & Barry's opened in February 2007 to December 2008, before closing as the rest of the chain did.
By 2009, the mall was at 30% occupancy and the soul reason was increased competition with Rivertown Crossing in Grandville and The Lakes Mall in Muskegon.
Recently, in November 2014, developers announced plans to turn the mall into an outdoor center in the future.
Here are pictures of what the mall currently looked like in December 2014:
|Very nice vintage "The Buckle" store|
|Former Sears wing|
If anyone has any questions or comments, or updates on details of the malls future, feel free to post and comment below.
Thank you for reading.