“Guess the Volusia Mall is going out of business,” wrote Tim Lauxman in a comment posted on The News-Journal’s Developing Daytona Beach Facebook group page.
Another reader, James Stropnik, wrote: “I predict Volusia Mall will be a ghost town in less than a year.”
Despite those dire predictions, there is a big reason for hope that rumors of Volusia Mall’s death may be premature. Make that three of them.
Namely, the astonishingly strong performance as of last of Dillard’s Inc., the Little Rock, Arkansas-based department store chain that operates not one, but three locations at Volusia Mall.
Dillard’s in its most recent quarterly earnings report stated that its net income jumped nearly six-fold year-over-year to $31.9 million
MARY ESTHER — Trevor McIntosh has some ideas on how to attract more shoppers at the 45-year-old Santa Rosa Mall.
“I’d like to see this mall busy, like it used to be,” McIntosh, who has operated his Navarre 3D Printing & Laser Engraving store at the mall for about a year, said Thursday. “What we need is a bunch of small businesses coming in. The days of Sears and JCPenney are over.”
When the mall opened in 1976 at 300 Mary Esther Blvd., it had 54 stores, including Sears, JCPenney and Gayfer’s (now Dillard’s).
But in recent years the shopping center has lost several anchor stores and various smaller businesses.
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For example, the Belk department store closed in early 2014, Sears closed in late 2018 and Zales Jewelers closed
Hulen Mall has announced plans to implement a mandatory curfew program on three historically busy days for the shopping center.
The temporary Parental Guidance Required program will require guests under 18 years of age to have adult supervision during certain times.
The PGR program will be in effect on Dec. 26, Dec. 27 and Jan. 2 beginning at 2 p.m.
While the program is in effect, the mandatory curfew will be applied throughout the entire shopping center property including the parking lot and exterior sidewalks, Hulen Mall said.
“The days following Christmas and the New Year are consistently the busiest time of year at Hulen Mall,” Kevin Davies, senior general manager of Hulen Mall, said. “In an effort to eliminate the risk of disruptive behavior by unsupervised youth, we made the decision to move forward with a temporary PGR program. While everyone is welcome
A shopping mall in New York City has been evacuated due to reports of a ‘Tesla containing propane tanks’ in the area.
According to a tweet from the Notify NYC Twitter page, there’s a large presence of emergency personnel in the area of 56 Avenue and Queens Blvd in Queens.
The Queens Place Mall has been evacuated and officials have urged New Yorkers to use alternative routes due to road closures.
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“Who wants to sit in that desolate-looking spot?” Frank Lloyd Wright carped of the atrium inside the first enclosed shopping mall, the Southdale Center in Edina, Minnesota.
But 75,000 people rushed there the day it opened in October 1956 and marveled at the 72 stores on two floors, the 800,000 square feet of retail, the 5,200-space parking lot, the 70-degree controlled climate. The Austrian-born architect Victor Gruen, already acclaimed for building the nation’s largest open-air shopping center, had birthed a new phase of American culture.
Over the next 40 years, another 1,500 enclosed malls would dot the landscape, from suburb to shining suburb, insinuating themselves into everyday life so profoundly that just “going to the mall” became a pastime. Hundreds of malls, meanwhile, have closed and been demolished or converted, overtaken by