The Huntley Outlet Mall is no more, yes, after nearly a decade of decline and slow sales, the outlet mall is scheduled to be demolished in the course of several weeks. Since these pictures were taken, I am sure that a large portion of the center is raised.
When I finally got around to take a trip out to Huntley to see the condition the center was in, there were only about five stores open, all of which were promoting closing sales. According to the Chicago Tribune, when the mall opened in 1994, it drew crowds from all across the Northwest suburbs and as far as Rockford, sales boasted in 1996, and 1997, and had an occupancy rate of 92% in 1999.
Simon Property Group bought the mall in 2010 and sold it soon after, a toll road built with the intention of making mall access easier didn't work, and the store decline continued. Other outlet mall in Aurora, Chicago, and most recently Rosemont took the breath out of Huntley. The recent expansion of the outlets in Aurora was the final push that forced the Huntley mall to close, and now the land will mostly be re-zoned for business and office usage.
Here are the photos I took of the Huntley Outlet mall in February 2017, the exact day the last few stores were closing. It is a ghost town and although sad, I cannot wait to see what will be constructed here in the next few years.
|A lot of cars for not a lot of people.|
|Closing that day.|
|Old Eddie Bauer store.|
|Cool the sign was still up, but closed with the entire chain.|
|Old Simon map.|
|Last store to close.|
|Old GAP store at the corner.|
The food court was actually very nice, a shame this has to be demolished.
|Like standing in a capital building.|
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