What better way to begin our look at Florissant than to take one last examination at the abandoned Jamestown Mall, where demolition will begin soon. Located east of the city limits of Florissant, in what is still semi-rural surroundings, the mall has failed while contemporary and historic shopping trends have continued or revived.
I am intrigued how some letters have fallen off, or removed. I supposed Sears corporate office felt simply taking off the brand name was good enough, and saved some money by calling off the work crew before “Center” was removed.
It’s amazing to look back almost fifty years later, when the mall was still occupied, and Stix, Baer and Fuller still existed.
Who could have imagined that this will all be gone soon?
Meanwhile, to the west on Lindbergh Boulevard, State US-67, commercial trends that were pioneered in the mid Twentieth Century continue, if done by a shrewd owner.
Toby Weiss chronicles many of the ones that didn’t make it here.
I saw dozens of underperforming strip malls around Florissant, but the Flo-Lin Corners seems to be bucking the trend.