Dead Locations of the United States of America

Dead Locations of the United States of America This is a tributary site about ANY general "Dead Malls" or "Abandoned/Closed/Demolished Locations". If you have stories, locations, pictures, videos or any media regarding dead malls, post it here.

This is being created to let people be recognized what is happening to our business districts. Any media is allowed as belongs as it is not inappropiate. (Nudity, etc.) I made this page to help save malls around the USA, and some around the world!!! We also do other abandoned areas as well. Note: The hours for this site are when I am available for messaging and calls.

Operating as usual

05/24/2021

I have had this page for a while and I've run out of ideas for what I previously did with this page, and it's been since late 2016 that I have posted anything new. So I have decided to try something a bit different for now. So, I use Google Maps a LOT, like for hours and hours, months worth of hours I would say, and have found many abandoned or now demolished properties, but some of these have little to no information even looking online or through TAD's information.

So I have thought about making a page to post pictures and information about these places in order to not only find out names and such info to these places, but also for people to share any memories, reviews, thoughts, or history about places like these. Abandoned houses, motels, retail/office buildings, and the like as well as demolished properties of the same that used to exist will be mainly what I plan to cover for this.

I will also be considering making content like this about currently active places that are still around but have existed since at least before the 1980's and are still active today. Many older motels in the DFW area fall under this category but I would also try to include other structures like old houses, industrial buildings, and the like in that as well. But the main focus would be the old abandoned and/or demolished places.

There aren't very many info pages from what I have tried to look up for these type of things unless the property in question has had some kind of historical significance. I hope this becomes an enjoyable activity for this page and anyone who would like to figure this stuff out along with me.

Thank you for reading this small update. Will probably start posting this new "series" of content very soon! Hope you all enjoy it! ~Ray

Six Flags Mall Community
09/22/2016

Six Flags Mall Community

Here are some pictures taken from our live broadcast from earlier of the current demo process. We had a technical difficulty with our live feed and it wont show up. We will try to get better pictures and video tomorrow, and possibly post a livestream of the progress. But for now, here are a few pictures.

05/28/2016
Six Flags Mall Community

Six Flags Mall Community

Ok, so we all know that the mall is closed right now. The stores that are currently open are the Dillard's Outlet, and the Cinemark Tinseltown 9. We have heard rumors but one seems to be the most told.

It is the rumor that GM has bought the building, which we have been told they have, but we are not 100% sure on that. If they did buy it, now what are they going to do with it? Most likely they will tear the mall down and use the space to build more factory buildings to build more car product.

Another rumor we have heard is that Cabela's, an Outdoor and Sporting Goods Company/Store, wants to possibly buy the property and turn it into another one of their stores. We don't know if this rumor is 100% true either.

Everything is up to speculation right now, but hopefully we find out soon what happens to this beloved mall. If anyone has any information about any of this please feel free to share it or post to the page to let everyone know. And also, what do you all think about this change? We would like to know everyone's opinion on the subject.

But anyways, we thank you all for the continued support that everyone has given us on this page, and we hope to hear from y'all soon!

You all may be wondering why we put this post up. We have not made any new content in a while due to losing all of our p...
05/17/2016

You all may be wondering why we put this post up. We have not made any new content in a while due to losing all of our previous works on another device. We will try to get everything back as well as post sometime in the future.

We will put out an update post when we will start again, posts may not be as frequent, but we may start again. Anyway, thanks to all of you for all the support we have had!

Come check out the newest photos of Plaza Central/Six Flags Mall
09/24/2015

Come check out the newest photos of Plaza Central/Six Flags Mall

Finally found the time to take some pictures of the interior and looked around at any new stores that might have come in.

08/29/2014
Six Flags Mall Community

Six Flags Mall Community

Can we hit 300 likes before the Grand Opening? I know we can! Share this post and have all of your friends like our page! -SixFlagsMallAdmin

07/24/2014
Six Flags Mall Community

Six Flags Mall Community

ATTENTION!!!!! We have finally received news of the dates of the grand opening! The grand opening dates are August 1-15! Hope to see all of our fans there!!

07/03/2014
Six Flags Mall Community

Six Flags Mall Community

ATTENTION!!!!! We have finally received news of the dates of the grand opening! The grand opening dates are August 1-15! Hope to see all of our fans there!!

DLUSA Season 3: First Issue
11/24/2013

DLUSA Season 3: First Issue

11/24/2013

Our new season 3 issue design has now been completed, and our next issue is on a nearby shopping center that is only a couple miles away from our head-quarters. Hope you like the post!

We may have gotten one of our actual pictured Labelscars on the Six Flags Mall Sears Wing. Its on the side along with th...
11/06/2012

We may have gotten one of our actual pictured Labelscars on the Six Flags Mall Sears Wing. Its on the side along with the Foleys, and it wasnt very hard to find. If you can see the old Sears logo, like the picture!

Matteson, Illinois (pronounced matt-uh-son) is a diverse suburb of Chicago, located about 30 miles south of downtown.  W...
10/27/2012

Matteson, Illinois (pronounced matt-uh-son) is a diverse suburb of Chicago, located about 30 miles south of downtown. With a population of about 17,000, Matteson is economically middle class, squeezed in between poverty-stricken Chicago Heights to the east, and wealthy Frankfort to its west.

Within Chicagoland, Matteson is part of – and centrally located within – a larger economic region known as “Chicago’s Southland” – a regional economic development and tourism consortium comprised of nearly all of the suburbs south and southwest of Chicago. Made up of 86 communities with a population of nearly 2.5 million people, the region is simultaneously diverse yet allied by common goals. Much of the region, specifically the suburbs directly south of the City of Chicago and east of I-57, has been negatively impacted by the loss of heavy industry during the latter part of the 20th century. In an attempt to promote the region’s shift from a manufacturing to a service based economy, the consortium advertises the region’s proximity to Chicago, the transportation network – numerous rail lines as well as 5 interstates converge here – and the region’s affordability in comparison to the western and northern suburbs.

Suburban blight, crime, and poverty have become significant problems in the Southland region, with some good examples in postwar suburbs Harvey and Chicago Heights. In fact, one of the most famous dead malls in the country is located in Harvey, and – as of late 2009 – is still standing after being abandoned for almost 25 years. However, this traditionally blue collar region is by no means lacking in riches; some of the Chicago area’s wealthiest zip codes are in Frankfort, Orland Park, Palos Heights, Olympia Fields and other areas within the region.

Matteson is home to a concentration of numerous strip malls and big box stores, mostly located along Route 30 and Cicero Avenue (Route 50). It’s one of several areas in the south suburbs of Chicago with a high concentration of retail strip, and also home to one of the south/southwest suburbs’ first super-regional malls, Lincoln Mall.

Lincoln Mall opened in 1973 on the southeast corner of the intersection between Route 30 (Lincoln Highway) and Route 50 (Cicero Avenue), just east of I-57. When it opened, the mall contained nearly 1 million square-feet of retail space shared between 4 anchors – Carson Pirie Scott, Wieboldt’s, JCPenney, and Montgomery Ward – and two levels of mall space connecting the anchors. The original design of the mall was very similar to Yorktown Mall in Chicago’s western suburbs, which is still open and successful, and the former Lakehurst Mall in north-suburban Waukegan, which closed in 2001.

Lincoln Mall was an instant success, predating Orland Square by three years and the enclosure of River Oaks Mall by two decades. In fact, it wasn’t really until the late 1990s when things began to dramatically go south, despite the closure and 8 year vacancy of the Wieboldt’s store when that chain folded in 1987. In fact, the mall was refurbished with a major remodel and update in 1993, and Sears moved into Wieboldt’s old location from nearby Park Forest Plaza – an outdoor center that predated Lincoln Mall and died due to its competition – in 1995.

The 1990s saw the beginning of the end for Lincoln Mall. In 1993-94, nearby River Oaks Center was enclosed and up-sized. In response, Lincoln Mall remodeled and filled in the dead Wieboldt’s anchor with Sears, but in the end it wasn’t enough. The unsurpassed growth of the 90s moved the almighty dollars westward, and cities in the Orland Park and Frankfort corridor saw the most growth and the best incomes in the Southland. Thus, the retail strip surrounding and including Orland Square, along 159th Street and Route 45 got the best stores. This is still true today. Lincoln Mall’s retail portfolio began to slowly disintegrate, as middle tier and popular national chains began to leave and were replaced by local stores and vacancies. The core demographic of the mall’s clientele changed too, slowly yet surely, from racially diverse to predominantly African-American by 2000 or so, and the stores began to reflect this.

In 1999, Montgomery Ward closed up shop at Lincoln Mall, about two years before their nationwide shuttering, and in 2000 JCPenney left during a round of closings in a lousy period for that chain. These two blows left only Sears and Carson’s at the helm of a sinking ship. During the early 2000s stores began to leave in droves, and the mall was put on life support.

In 2005, a commercial realty partnership from Texas, Realty America Group, was contacted by the mall’s owner to sell the mall. The owner apparently wanted to cut their losses and get out, but Realty America said “Wait just a dog gone minute!” – I’m paraphrasing now – and decided that Lincoln Mall was more of an asset of opportunity than a dead mall that should be left for – well, dead.

So, after completing due diligence, Realty America went to the Village of Matteson and apparently made a stellar presentation for redevelopment, because they were awarded $45 million for the project in April 2005. Groundbreaking took place in August of that year, with the construction of a new four-lane road behind the mall connecting Route 30 and Cicero. The theory behind this was that prospective new tenants wouldn’t want to be at the “back” of the mall with restrictive visibility and access. The new road essentially eliminates the idea of the “back” of the mall altogether, providing – in theory – the same level of access on all four sides of the mall.

Renovation proceeded with some pretty grandiose plans, including the demolition of both dead anchors, complete renovation of the interior space, structural updates, outside facade updates including a new entrance, and a cherry on top. A cornerstone of the entire renovation project is the Promenade at Lincoln Mall, a non-enclosed district comprised of retail boxes, other shops, restaurants, and entertainment taking the space of the anchors that were demolished as well as along the new four-lane road. The new open-air space would comprise between 400,000 and 500,000 of new retail space, restaurants, and a planned movie theatre, bringing the total square-footage back to the original size of the enclosed mall – about 1 million square feet. The end idea, according to Lincoln Mall’s general manager, was to create a “best of both worlds” scenario, complete with an enclosed mall for people who want a climate controlled environment in the harsh climate of the upper midwest, along with an outdoor area for big box stores and other tenants who don’t want to be in the enclosed part of the concept, as well as to indulge the somewhat-nonsensical fad of outdoor shopping for outdoor shopping’s sake. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

In Summer 2007, the new road behind the mall was complete, just in time for Target to open their new 126,000 square foot store on a parcel south of the mall, south of the new road. Then, in Fall 2007, JCPenney opened a 106,000 square foot store southeast of the mall, also south of the new road. Then the project kind of stopped. Whoops.

In October 2008, the village of Matteson threw another $10 million at the project, to get the next phase running – the filling in of the demolished anchor pads, the exterior/interior renovations of the remaining enclosed mall, addition of other tenants, etc. About the same time, in September 2008, the Texas partnership of Realty America, who owns the mall, apparently stopped making mortgage payments on it, according to their lender, Texans Commercial. Not so, said the manager of the partnership, Rives Castleman (what a name); instead, he claims that the lender is forcing them into default by playing dirty tricks and instead owes them $20 million; they have filed counter suit. This is all from court documents, as both Castleman and his lawyer, Eugene Geekie (another name!) have refused to comment to reporters. Texans had agreed, in 2004 – when this entire project began – to finance the initial stages of the redevelopment, in addition to the $45 million received from the village at the get go. The loan had an outstanding balance of over $37 million at the time of the foreclosure.

The court case began in January 2009, and has apparently screeched the renovations to a halt. As of October 2009, the enclosed mall looks like a weird retail Frankenmonster (hey, it’s Halloween) – there are gross, visible concrete seams and an unappealing mess where the dead anchors were torn off and demolished, and a temporary fence sits along the half of the mall where the demolition took place. They, at least, cleaned up (most of) the rubble, and the JCPenney and Target are operating in separate buildings south of the new road they constructed. It honestly looks like a terrible mess, and if I were a resident of Matteson I’d be really embarrassed of this eyesore.

Here’s an obvious question – why didn’t they just put Target and JCPenney in the mall? They had two vacant anchors, and one of them even WAS JCPenney, and they had 2 anchors to put into place. Seems like simple math to me. The mall would have definitely been reinvigorated by having two brand new anchors, including the ever-popular Target, so how is putting them outside and essentially across the street going to ever help the interior part of the mall that they wanted to keep? We’re really scratching our heads here. Unless it really comes together into something cohesive and pedestrian-oriented, linking Target and JCPenney and funneling people into the mall, the Promenade at Lincoln Mall is nothing innovative nor remotely beneficial to the mall structure. It’s been done before – ever see businesses on a mall’s ring road?

The interior portion of the mall today is kind of sad. There are some popular national retailers, like Old Navy, Bath and Body works and Express, but there are seemingly more vacancies and local stores. You know your mall is unwell when Dollar Plus is listed under the food ‘catagory’ (sp) on the directory map. Also, they converted an old Sbarro into a place that advertises a combination of Mexican and Italian food. Furthermore, the center court area has been sectioned off with cages where you can pet live tigers, and a temporary stage is set up near one of the demolished anchors where magic shows are held nightly, performed by a mullet-clad man named Joe Exotic. The show itself costs no money to the mall, and Joe even suggests on his website that his shows are great for dead or dying malls. This is a unique and possibly innovative idea, but obviously temporary and not a real solution.

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Dead Locations of the United States of America's cover photo
10/27/2012

Dead Locations of the United States of America's cover photo

10/27/2012

We are having some sort of issue with our servers, it happened right after the first issue was made. We will have to delay the next 4 issue for another time and release the one we were able to make. Sorry for the problems, but we hope you enjoy issue 17!!!

10/26/2012

As part of an early halloween tradition, we have decided to release 5 issues today, all in the colour format!!!

Forum 303 Mall picture from 2007. Right before it was demolished. Forum 303 Mall, Arlington, Texas, is forever gone....
09/15/2012

Forum 303 Mall picture from 2007. Right before it was demolished. Forum 303 Mall, Arlington, Texas, is forever gone....

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