Sunday, March 29, 2015

Inglewood Mall update 2014 Morgan City La

Here is another visit to the Inglewood Mall in Morgan City Louisiana. Since my visit in the Summer of 2014 there is now a rumor that the mall will be demolished for a.... you guessed it Walmart. The mall had gained at least two new stores since my last visit, a cell phone store and a clothing/beauty salon store next to Tampico. This is one of the few completely retro malls from the 1970's still left intact in south Texas and Louisiana. This mall was similar in size and shape to the demolished Kenilworth Mall in Eastern New Orleans.

The stores at the mall include 
Lake Cinema 4 screens (no mall entrance)
Tampico Mexican Restaurant/ Lounge/ Corporate offices
First National Bank
Liberty Tax
Republic Tax
2 separate attorney offices
Cardiac Rehab Services
I-refurbish cell phones/electronics
Pilant Court Reporting
Dancing Divas Dance Studio
Bayour Smile
La Princesa clothing and (beauty salon)
A look inside of the mall corridors.
The interior of the former K&B was stripped out with a sign advertising the space for lease. 
There was better lighting on this visit so you can see much better how cool this retro mall still is.
This is a cell phone repair store I-refurbish, that was new in the middle of the mall.
A look at the corridor near the cinema section of the mall.
A view of the two different types of skylights in the mall. I still have yet to visit the mall at night to see if these lights are used.
This spot of the mall reflected too much light to get a good photo.
With better lighting you can see the sign from the court reporting service that is at the mall. 
The back side of the Tampico restaurant shows that it is or was a club.
The wall of the Tampico Mexican restaurant.
Looking across the mall from the entrance near the Tampico restaurant.
A view of the dead end corridor. This part of the mall looks like it was built for an anchor which never happened.
The store to the left is for the corporate offices of Tampico restaurants. 
Tampico on the left and the former K&B to the right.
Another view of the inside of the stripped out former K&B from the front entrance glass.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Kenilworth Mall 2012 updated March 28, 2015

Here is another exclusive mall to the blog. Kenilworth Mall was a shopping center/ mall that was located on Morrison Rd near the I-10 interchange. Kenilworth Mall opened in the then fast growing New Orleans East area just four years before the massive Lake Forest Plaza Mall opened two exits away on Read Blvd and I-10. Any additional photos of this mall will be greatly appreciated southernmalls@gmail.com.

The mall was very similar in size and design to the Inglewood Mall in Morgan City Louisiana which is rumored to be demolished. 

Here is a link to a groceteria photo, scroll down to the fourth post for a picture of the mall.
Today this is all that remains of the former mall; the parking lot and foundation.

This building is not part of the mall but it is located just outside of the mall complex.
Kenilworth Mall had the grand opening on July 30, 1970 but some stores opened early (designated next to store list below). The mall had an area inside called the promenade with small shops.

A and P Supermarket
Avalon Bazaar
Bagert Drycleaners
Bresslers 33 Flavors
Burger King (outparcel)
The Chateau Fashions (Opened March 21, 1970)
Diners/ Fugazy Travel
Franks Beauty Parlor
Jennies Hallmark Cards
Katz and Besthoff Drug Store (K and B) (Opened February 16, 1970)
Kenilworth Barber Shop
Kenilworth Cinema (Opened Aug 13, 1969 with the movie Ice Station Zebra)
Kenilworth Fashion Fabrics
S H Kress Family Store (Opened at the end of 1969)
Lake Forest Inc.
Mel's Monograms (Opened June 1970)
Mr K's Boutique
Music Monitor
National Bank of Commerce
New Dimension Gift Shop
Shakey's Pizza
Style Line Ladies Wear
V and L Coins and Gifts
Vision Plaza East
Wig Castle

The mall suffered for years and did not have too many businesses left in 1999; my only visit to this center. K and B was still here after Rite Aid took over and a few small spaces were in business. The mall was flooded during Hurricane Katrina and sat for a few years until the site was demolished. The Burger King unit that was next to the mall has also been demolished. As you will see in my next New Orleans East articles, nearly all of the I-10 East retail has been wiped out because of Hurricane damage. Wal-Mart, Sams Club, Sears Appliances, The Grand Cinema, Dillard's, Sav A Center, Big Lots, Toys R Us, and several small shops are all gone.



Saturday, March 21, 2015

Rivercenter Mall update 2013 San Antonio Texas

This post was lost for a while in the draft section of my blog. Things may have changed from my visit in 2013, but I did my best to check the internet for any updates on the mall.

The Rivercenter Mall has one of the strangest configurations of a mall that I have visited. Most of the mall is doing well, but the design of the mall created several areas where customer traffic is light and stores left. There are four levels of the mall; River, Street, Fashion, and Entertainment. The main section of the mall has two floors leading from the former Joske's/Dillard's to Macy's. The mall has two wings that are connected to the main section of the mall which are three floors. The first floor has the food court and outdoor sections which line the riverwalk extension. The second and third floor are enclosed, and the third floor has a crossover to prevent dead ends in the mall. The second floor also has street level exits. See the directory below for a better look at the configuration of the mall. The mall is currently anchored by Macy's and an Imax Cinema on level 4 and also contains two large parking garages.

The riverwalk extension leading to the mall entrance.
A view of the three levels of the mall. In this part of the mall only the top 2 levels are enclosed.
The directory.
Here you can see the massive 550,000 square foot, five story Joske's store that was built around the historic St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Joske's was here for many years before the mall was built and was expanded several times over the years. Dillard's took over the store after they purchased the Joske's chain in 1987 and closed the top 3 floors. The store closed in the 2008 and redevelopment plans have been stalled.  
A mall entrance at the street level.
Now for the inside of the mall. Lots of retro features from 1988 are still in the mall. The mall has had at least two renovations since the opening. 
The former entrance to the Joske's/ Dillard's. 
The hallway near the former Joske's/Dillard's has some vacant store fronts.
Here is the third level near the street entrance pictured above. There is not much activity up here. 
The connector from one side of the mall to the other on the third level.
The other side of the third level near the street entrance has more activity and a hotel entrance.
Looking at the last anchor Macy's on the third level. This part of the mall only has two levels, since the lower level does not connect to here.
A view of the main mall corridor facing the center of the mall.
Back to the former Joske's/Dillard's entrance, note the former Sam Goody on the left. 
A view of the second level of the mall. This part of the mall has two floors enclosed and the bottom level is open to the riverwalk.
The other side of the second level near the hotel.
The food court.
A view of the first level which is open to the riverwalk. 
The Imax has entrances on the third and fourth levels of the mall.
The center area of the mall facing the former Joske's/Dillard's.
More shots near the center of the mall.
A view of more retro lighting in one of the hallways.
Another view of the top two enclosed floors near the street entrance.