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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Macy's Closing at Northwoods Mall & Update 3/16

          Since the first time I went to Peoria, Illinois, actually the only time I ever went to Peoria was a long time ago now, and a lot can change in my definition of a "long time", so I thought it was time to get on stage again and drive down there. Going to Decatur earlier, and I tend to avoid Pekin now because nothing else could change there, I quickly headed to Northwoods Mall before closing at 6 on a Sunday with anticipation that the Macy's store has is in liquidation with 39 others was not closed for good yet.

          Pulling in to the mall with the sun still up, I rushed into the lot and stormed into the Macy's entrance greeted by the sign "14 Days Left". Not really anything was left, which was to be expected, but I have never formally gone to a Macy's Closing, I am famous for my Kmart closure video's, but I am a novice to a Macy's closing.

I have been to Northwoods Mall in December 2013, here is my post on the mall with pictures from then, otherwise, enjoy this tale I have to tell about the updates I noticed over the past weekend.

Former Famous-Barr, soon to be former Macy's.

Fixtures for sale

Looks open...soon to be wrong.

Last chance to get a picture.

Already took them off the map!

Glad to see this was still up, the mall walkers map that still features the Famous-Barr name.

Closed for the day...13 days left!

JCPenney updated the store since the last time, with the new red sign and some type of painted squares motif.

Did not see this the last time because it was dark, a former JCPenney Automotive Center/ former Firestone, the scar is visible and as cool as ever!

I forgot to mention, as you will notice in my original post of the mall, the retro Foot Locker store since has closed and was replaced with a jewelry store.

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Hickory Point Mall- [(Forsyth) Decatur, Illinois)]

          Not a long drive, but a rather awkward drive down one of many gateway highways to southern Illinois. Almost three hours from Chicago on Interstate 55 and US- 51 in Forsyth, Illinois, in the city of Decatur is the Hickory Point Mall, one of the final three malls I have not been to in my state. The other two are in Marion and Carbondale, but that will have to be for another day.

          Hickory Point Mall opened in 1978 with original anchor stores JCPenney, Bergner's, and  Carson Pirie Scott, which all relocated from there stores downtown. Strange to see Carson's and Bergner's in the same mall, but it was before they owned each other. Kohl's came shortly after in 1983. 

Carson Pirie Scott sold its store at Hickory Point and the location in Normal in 1989 to Von Maur.

Sears opened in 1998 with the addition of MC Sports.

Steve and Barry's opened at the wrong time in 2007, closing just months later with the rest of the chain.

MC Sports relocated from its original spot in the mall to the former Steve and Barry's in late 2008 and Old Navy closed in 2010.

In January 2014, JCPenney announced store closures that included this store which closed in May and the Sears closed in November 2014.

In September 2014, Ross and Ulta Beauty opened.

In October 2014, Hobby Lobby announced it would close its location down the street in favor of opening in part of the former JCPenney store.

Here are some pictures of the mall I took in March 2016:

Outdated mall walkers map...

Former Sears

Love to see real foliage and a fountain in a mall, reminds me of a better time.

Vintage Von Maur script...

Scar still visible...

Would think the mall is dead at shot...

Former Sears

Original Bergner's

Former Carson Pirie Scott...

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