We proceeded inside of the mall, and were met with abject abandonment. One rumor says the stores were all forced to close on March 1st, but I don’t know if that’s true or not. Thinking back, I was afraid of photographing the interior of the mall out of fear of the Leprechauns, but you could probably scream at the top of your lungs nowadays and no one would care.
I always found the Dillard’s wing to be the most interesting architecturally, in all of of its 1960’s modernism, but I was sad to see that the old wing has really started to deteriorate. Pretty much every skylight showed evidence of water damage, and I’ve heard rumors that the whole parking substructure underneath this section is unstable.
Remember when there was just that skinny little bridge over to the old strip mall portion of the complex? Sometime in the early 2000’s it was apparently widened, which seems silly considering it is now all abandoned.
The western end of the mall was never very interesting to me, and it was formless, uninviting and lacking in any real character.
And don’t get me started on that pit of a food court; over the decades the names changed every five to seven years, until it died a peaceful death finally as “Food Terrace.” Greasy Pit of Hell might have been more appropriate.