Friday, March 28, 2014

Blockbuster stores in December 2013


Blockbuster Video corporate stores closed on January 12, 2014. Franchise stores still open are located here . The closing of Blockbuster marked the end of retail video rental stores for most communities in the United States. About 300 stores were left at the end of the Blockbuster era, but there were several thousand stores in the heyday of Blockbuster. The final video rented from Blockbuster was fittingly The End. In a matter of just a few years Redbox, Netflix, and Youtube eroded the sales from Blockbuster and changed video rentals forever. At one point in 2008 Blockbuster almost purchased Circuit City which would have been a disaster and probably killed the Blockbuster stores faster. Dish purchased Blockbuster from bankruptcy in 2011 and proceeded to close the stores until finally the last company owned ones were finished off. 

 Here are two Houston area stores in the final weeks of the going out of business sale. RIP Blockbuster








Monday, February 3, 2014

Mall of the Mainland March 20, 1991 - January 29, 2014


I am hoping that this article will inspire debate about the future of the property that will lead to a plan that will create jobs and bring the property back to life. This article has been in the works for several months and I hope my readers will enjoy it. This article will have future updates on the progress at the mall and as always comments are appreciated.

Mall of the Mainland was announced to the public on June 13, 1989 by The Herring Marathon Group Sears and Dillard's had already purchased plots of land at the property ahead of the announcement. Sears announced plans to close at the Galvez Mall when the new store opens at Mall of the Mainland. JCPenney was announced as the 3rd anchor on October 14, 1989 and closed their downtown Texas City location to open at the mall. Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. was brought in as a partner of the mall in October 1989. Construction of the mall began in late 1989 after 11 years of planning and waiting for the economy to improve enough to build the mall. The mall was planned to host 5 anchor stores and a cinema. The mall was planned to include 110 store and food court spaces, but only leased 51% of the store space by the time of the opening. The mall opened with 31 stores and 4 department stores on March 20, 1991. Several of the interior stores were still under construction when the mall opened. In September of 1991 the mall was half-full of interior stores and was already seen as struggling. The mall was built on the anticipation of nearby population growth. Foley's signed on to build a massive 150,000 square foot store at the mall on October 6, 1993 when mall interior occupancy was at 58%. The Foley's opened on October 26, 1994. October 29, 1997 came with the announcement that DeBartolo had given up the mall to Mainland Holding Company/ Chase Bank owing over 61 million. In 2002 the mall was sold to Triyar COS; Bob Yari and Kim Mateen who also owned the Greenspoint and San Jacinto Malls. Occupancy in 2002 was 65% at the mall and the new owners planned to increase tenants to the mall. Affordable Furniture opened in September of 2006. In 2007 the mall was purchased in 2007 by the Brentwood group and by 2010 Pacific National Bank took over the mall when the previous owners fell into bankruptcy. In September 2008 the mall was closed after Hurricane Ike but reopened by September 18. Boxer was hired to manage the property. Boxer had helped several malls including Sharpstown now PlazAmericas come back to life.The value of the mall had plummeted since the mall opened in 1991. Boxer was released in late 2012 and the property was put up for sale starting at 15.4 million. The mall had several ups and downs over the years. Every new management team brought new stores and helped increase sales for a short time, but the small gains were never sustained for long periods of time. Many sections of the mall never had stores and stayed covered up by sheet rock and were painted with murals or fake storefronts. The highest occupancy for the interior of the mall was around 70%.

Here we are less than 2 years since Macy's closed at the mall. As of January 30, 2014 the rest of the interior of the mall is now closed to the public. This is a mega-post with the history, store lists, photos, and possible future plans for the mall site. Several notable events occurred to bring the mall to the closing point. October-December 2005- JCPenney pulls out and opens at Baybrook Mall. September 2008- Dillard's is damaged by Hurricane Ike and is subsequently closed. FEMA moved into the Dillard's for two years. January- March 2012- Macy's closes at the mall. January 7, 2013- Half of the mall (End of the food court to Dillard's) is sealed off to the public. November 2013- The rest of the interior of the mall closed on January 30, 2014 two days earlier than the original closure date of Feb 1st. Palais Royal, Cinemark, Affordable Furniture, and Sears will remain open for now. Several photo sets will show the decline of the mall from January 2012 through January 2014. The closure of Macy's and the opening of the nearby Tanger Outlets was the tipping point that sealed the fate of Mall of the Mainland. I made purchases on each trip to the mall, but there needed to be more support to keep this mall alive.

Events outside of the mall that had an impact on the mall.
Mid 1990’s- Galvez Mall closes.
1990- Lone Star Outlet Mall opens down the street from the Mall of the Mainland site off I-45.
1991- Mainland Crossing shopping center opens across from the mall with Phar-mor, Walmart, and Sam’s Club.
Early 2000's- Walmart relocates across the Interstate.
September 2005 Hurricane Rita.
September 2008 Hurricane Ike. 
October 19, 2012 -Tanger Outlets opens down the freeway from the mall.
March 21, 2013- Sams Club relocates next to the Walmart.  

Store List 1999

Aerial Communications
Afterthoughts
Airbrush Wizards
Bath & Body Works
Camelot Music
Carlton Cards
Claire’s Boutique
Corn Dog 7
Diamond Express
Dillard’s
Dippin' Dots
Dr. Claudio A. Lagunas
Electronics Boutique
Elegance Jewelry
Eyemasters
Fashion Nails
Foley's
Foot Locker
FootAction USA
Formal Gallery
4 Ever Young
Gala Hallmark
Garfield's Restaurant & Pub
GNC
Gold Time
Gordon’s Jewelers
Hallmark
Hello Josephine Philly
JB'S Wrestling World
JCPenney
JCPenney Styling Salon
Joanne Fabric & Crafts
Just About A $1
Kay Jewelers
Lam's
Lane Bryant
Lerner New York
Management Office
Manchu Wok
Mastercuts
Merchant Bank ATM
Metabolife
Movies 12
Original Cookie Co.
Palais Royal
Perfumeria
Point of View
Radio Shack
Regis Hairstylists
Rockview Christian Bookstore
Schwartz's
Sears
Sears Automotive Service
Shaheen Silver Jewelry
Shoe Dept.
Smartecart Stroller Rental
Subs & Spuds
Sweet Factory
Texas Emporium
Thai's Fine Gifts
Things Remembered
Ticketmaster
Tilt
Verizon Wireless
Villa Pizza
Vitamin World
Waldenbooks
Watches & Gifts
Wheelchair Rental
Zales

Photos from January 2012
The Macy's was about a week into the closing sale at this point. 
The fake storefronts really make this mall unique. Coastal Dive Shop and Gautreaux's Cajun Seafood.
More fake storefronts Captain Dave's Fishing Charters, Shelly's Souvenirs, and Surf Shop.  
The center court of the mall, where most of the action was at. 
The mall had just reopened earlier in the week after a heavy rain and possible tornado damaged the mall. You can see bags and fans that were being used to dry the air inside of the mall. Several stores had their carpet removed from this event.  
The former Tilt in the center of this picture, was walled off after the roof collapsed during the storm. 
The lighting in the mall really made this mall look cool. You will see this view later in the final days of the mall and the difference is huge.  
Here we start in the section of the mall that was closed on January 7, 2013. 
Sam Goody, had kiosks inside of the store. 
Gordon's and the candy machines that were moved to the food court. 
A row of stores that included Foot Locker
Shipman Sailing Supply (fake store) and the former Zales Jewelry store.
 On the other side of the JCPenney court the former Kay Jewelers and the plane for the kids.  
The former JCPenney entrance
Inside of the JCPenney, I am not sure if they removed the ceiling tiles before or after Hurricane Ike. 
The skylights looking up from the front of the JCPenney entrance.
The food court mural looking from the JCPenney entrance. 
Looking from JCPenney towards Dillard's. 
Looking down towards the food court from in front of the JCPenney. 
The Lerner store
Inside of the former Lerner store. 
More fake storefronts Bike Shop, and Camera, Film, and More. 
Down by the former Dillard's from a slightly different angle. 
Inside of the former Dillard's. 
Eye Masters was renamed as Visionworks for a short while and finally closed. 
These stores which were being used by a church were once recruiting offices for several Military branches. 
This long section of never used mall space had a food court mural.
T-Body on the left closed not too long after this picture was taken. 
TWIC put up a simple sign and did not bother to cover up the Just About $1.00 sign. 
Sears 
Affordable Furniture was once a JoAnn Crafts store. 
The exit near Sears. 
Looking from the Sears entrance to the mall.
The furniture is no longer affordable, lol.
Outdated movie posters. The posters were changed in the summer but that was the last time they would be changed. 
Looking from near Sears towards the food court. 
Palais Royal still has an old school entrance. 
The fountain
Yet another store temporarily closed because of the storm damage. 
The B&B news stand closed not too long after this picture was taken. 
A view of one of the bags to vent the air in the mall. 
Photo Depot never reopened after the storm damaged the floor. The Finish Line was there until around May and is now open at the nearby Tanger Outlets. 
Ironically this is where the mall was sealed off January 7, 2013. The jewelry store on the left is where the mall ends now. 
Waldenbooks just before the sign was removed. Since the gate was open, I was able to easily take a peek inside.
Inside of the Waldenbooks
Gordon's Jewelers and a different short lived church in the mall.
More Waldenbooks, this was the only Houston area Waldenbooks store left that still had signage up.
The empty block of stores with Foot Locker on the far left and Sam Goody in the middle. 
Facing towards Dillard's with Sam Goody on the right. 
Lens Crafters and the former Dillard's. 
The exit in the Dillard's wing. 
JCPenney again from a different angle. 
One of the stores near the former JCPenney, I can't recall which one though. 
The center court again. 
This space was later reopened less than a year before the mall closed as another bar. 
Pay phones in 2012! The former Tilt is in the background.
The cinema entrance
The outside of the bar from the above interior picture. 
Follow the tubes to the restroom. You will notice in later photos that the above sign is no longer lit up either. 
The Corndogs restaurant merged with the Hamburger place that was one space further to the left of this picture. The restaurant to the right was opened shortly after as La Pizzaiolo which was one of the best pizza places I have ever had in a mall. 
You can see the Texas Burger and Fries and Aloha Java Juice in this picture. 
Looking into the Palais Royal. 
Relaxation reopened and operated until the end of the mall. The store with the lights on was used as a Halloween store in 2012.
The Perfume Plus moved across the hall next to Palais Royal and operated until the end of the mall.
Footaction operated until the end of the mall.
Camelot Music, later FYE was one of the last mall music stores to close in the Houston area. 
Sears had started closing earlier than the rest of the mall, but still remains open. 
When this picture was taken, you could rent Scream 4 at Blockbuster. 
The skylights at the mall entrance near Sears. 
Looks like the interior sign was not the only one that was missing lights.  

May 2012
Dillard's again.
The neon did not come on until later that afternoon. 
The Texas Burger and Fries must have merged with the Corndogs Heaven. Once this place closed, La Pizzaioli had Corndogs and Fries on special. 
Hello Josephene was here until the last week of the mall.

The Macy's closed in March 2012. 
The exterior of JCPenney
More from Macy's
Shortly after these pictures were taken, the windows were boarded up. 
The mall entrance near Dillard's. 
One of the Mall signs that advertised specials or store openings. 
Inside of the Lerner store again, but during the day.
The skylights near JCPenney. 
Looking from near JCPenney towards Dillard's. 
Inside the former Kay Jewelry store through the window. 
The Kay jewelry store with the kiddy airplane.
The row of empty stores near JCPenney.
Another view of the empty stores near JCPenney.
Facing the food court near the former Gordon's. 
Sam Goody again.
The sunset provided some cool images of the center court of the mall.
The center court, notice the bags from January are gone. 
The front of Macy's/ Foley's. 
Looking inside of the store before the windows were boarded up. 
Looking towards the food court from the front of the Macy's. 
The infamous postcard that was never updated. The dreams of this mall being a major success never really worked out. 
Sears
Another version of the mall map from near Sears. 
The inside of the Just About $1.00 store. 
Looking into Affordable Furniture. 
Looking towards the food court from Sears. 
Looking towards Sears/ Macy's from in front of Palais Royal. Perfume Plus was open but did not move their sign over for a while. 
Aloha Java Juice was actually open in this picture. The food court space was hardly open on any of my visits over the years even at the end of the mall. 

Store List 2001
4 Ever Young
Afterthoughts
Airbrush Wizzards
Bath & Body Works
Camelot Music
Carlton Cards
Claire's Accessories
Corn Dog 7
Diamond Express
Dillard’s
Dippin' Dots
Electronics Boutique
Elegance Jewelry
Eyemasters
Fashion Nails
Foley’s
FootAction USA
Foot Locker
Formal Gallery
Gala Hallmark
Garfield's Restaurant & Pub
General Nutrition Center
Gold Time
Gordon’s Jewelers
Great American Cookie
Hello Josephine
JCPenney
Joann Fabric & Crafts
Just About a $1
Kay Jewelers
Lane Bryant
Lerner New York
Manchu Wok
MasterCuts
Movies 12
Palais Royal
Perfumeria
Point of View
Radio Shack
Rave
Regis Hairstylists
Rockview Christian Bookstore
Schwartz's
Sears
Shaheen Jewelry
Sweet Factory
Texas Emporium
Thai's Fine Gifts
The Shoe Department
Things Remembered
Tilt
Time Shades
Verizon Wireless
Villa Pizza
Vitamin World
Voicestream Wireless
Waldenbooks
Y'alls Texas Store

Zales

December 2012
Sometime after the May visit, the neon lighting was turned off to the mall. Little did I know at the time that half the mall was about two weeks away from being closed off. There is a major difference in the appearance of the mall with the decorative lighting turned off. My cell phone camera which was going to crap really did not like the dim mall.  

Looking from near Dillard's towards the JCPenney court. 
The row of empty stores near JCPenney looks worse in dim lighting. 
Near Waldenbooks close to where the mall was walled of in January 2013.
The center court 
As you can see from the time stamp in these pictures, this was a major shopping day for most centers. The loss of the three anchors and Tanger Outlets opening nearby killed this mall. 

Crimes at the mall (from the Houston Chron archives and Galveston Country News archives)
July 1991 shots fired inside of a theater into the ceiling. 
Years of 2005 and 2006- Several car burglaries and store thefts were reported.
July 2005- A few days before JCPenney announced their store would close, the store was burglarized and $100,000 estimated in jewelry stolen.
July 2005- Shoe salesman robbed inside of his vehicle.
August 2005- Gordon’s Jewelers robbed.
March 2006- Purse snatched but recovered after one of the women attacked the vehicle of the perpetrators.
June 2006- Purse snatched.
August 2006- Gordon’s Jewelry was robbed after the store opened.
October 2006- Two teenagers were robbed inside of the Tilt.
January 2007- A Cinemark employee was robber at closing time.
January 2009- Purse snatched elderly woman injured.
December 2009- A man was robbed in the parking lot while waiting for the mall to open.
March 2011- Purse snatched.
August 2011- Macy’s a man allegedly stole almost $3,000 of jewelry, roughed up a loss prevention employee, and bit a police officer.
July 2012- Mall store owner robbed and kicked in the throat by shop owner.
July 2013- Bomb threat hoax at the cinema.

Mall Events
Art Shows
Beauty Pageants
Blood drives
Broadway pianist played in the food court
Car shows
Fossils LTD store in 2006 selling Fossils
Immunizations
Model Train show
Petting Zoo
Santa Claus
Taste if the Town
Veterans Day Salute

Strange incidents at the mall.
February 1994 Customers allegedly denied entry into the Power Play (later Tilt) arcade due to the color of flannel T-shirts by security.  
September 2006- Feds investigate the Fossils LTD store because of some of the items that were shipped to the store. Nothing illegal was found and the store opened in October.
August 2009- 3 shoppers detained and kicked out of the mall for their chain wallets violating the dress code of the mall.
January 9, 2012- Heavy rain, strong winds, and a small tornado hit the mall. A portion of the roof of Sears is damaged and another section of roof (former Tilt store) collapses. The inside of the mall near the food court is flooded.
March 2012- Mall is locked down when a child goes missing, but is found hiding inside of the Sears store.
July 2012- An electrical box caught fire inside of the mall.


Rumors
Cinemark is looking for a new site in the area. (2013)
College of the Mainland was interested in purchasing the mall. (2013)
Kohl’s at the mall in the former JCPenney space. (2007)
The City made an offer for the mall but was rejected. (2012)
Will Sears remain at the mall? (2011)

Entertainment and mall services.
Airplane in the former JCPenney court (during the Boxer era).
Boat in the Sears court (during the Boxer era).
Candy machines in several spots in the mall.
Coke Machines in 2 locations in the mall.
Hurricane Simulator.
Pay Phones until 2012.
2 Photo Booths.
Playground in the food court.
Water fountain in the center of the mall, (shut down in late 2013).

February 2013 
The mall is now sealed off just past the food court. The area from Sears to the food court and cinema is all that is left now. This visit was in the evening time and the mall was mostly empty. 
The TWIC sign and Just About a $1.00 sign is gone. 
The mall map 
A close look at the stores on the directory. The list had not been updated since 2012 when Macy's closed. 
The exit near Sears. 
Macy's with the boarded up entrances is never a good sign when you arrive at a mall.
Here is where the mall was sealed off. There will be better quality pictures further down. 
The view from the highway (FM 1764) of the mall with the boarded up Macy's dominating the view. 
April 2013
Looking towards the closed off section of the mall.
Former Subway
The food court
The fountain and the bar which was open. 
The former Texas Burger and Aloha Java Juice
Looking towards Sears, Perfume Plus finally moved their sign. 
The Texas Burger/ Corndogs Heaven was closed. 
The Camelot Music store, better quality photos further down in the post. 
More shots of the stores that remain.
You gotta love the fake storefronts. 
Two real stores just past the two fake storefronts. One was a hair salon and the other a nail salon.
I hope nobody went looking for this place, it was long gone when this picture was taken. 
Looking towards the center court from the front of Affordable Furniture. 
The movie ads were updated, no more Scream 4. These ads were mostly intact when the mall closed.  
The corner near Sears had more empty space and this former office (2nd picture). I never saw this office used, what was here?

Store List 2004

4-Ever Young
Air Force
Army
B&B Home Decor
Bath & Body Works
Breeze
Cafe Milano
Carlton Cards
Claire's Accessories
Corn Dog 7
Diamond Express
Dillard's
Dippin' Dots
Dollar World
Duran's BBQ
Electronics Boutique
Elegance Jewelry
Embroidery Express  
Everland
Eyemasters
Fashion Nails
Foley's
Foot Locker
Footaction USA
FYE Music & Movies
General Nutrition Center
Gold Time
Gordon's Jewelers
Hello Josephine
JCPenney
Joann Fabrics & Crafts
Kay Jewelers
Lane Bryant
Learner New York
Leather Plus
Mainland Newsstand
Marines
MasterCuts
Movies 12
Navy
Paradise
Perfumeria
Point of View
Radio Shack
Rave
Regis Hairstylists
Rockview Christian Bookstore
Sam's Hobbies
Sears
Shades Express
Shaheen Silver Jewelry
Shoe Department
Sweet Factory
T-Body
Texas Emporium
Thai's Fine Gifts
Things Remembered
Tilt
Uptown
ValuFloor America
Villa Pizza
Vitamin World
Waldenbooks
Zales

April 2013 Photos

More views from FM 1764, as you can see the Macy's stands out above the rest of the mall. 
Dillard's 
JCPenney
Sears
Affordable Furniture
Under the tower at the entrance of the mall.
The view when you walked into the mall.
There were not many changes on this visit. 
The fountain stayed on until just before Christmas in 2013. After the Christmas tree was removed from this spot, a platform covered up the fountain. 

The inside of the former Macy's store was still visible from the mall entrance. 
JCPenney
Dillard's
The Movies 12
The back of Dillard's. The labelscars on the Dillard's building have not faded after over 5 years. 
A few shots of the closed entrance near Dillard's. 

Store List 2008

Affordable Furniture

All Shoes $9.99

ATA Blackbelt Academy

B&B Newsstand

Bath & Body Works

Body Jewelery by Blings.com

C&C Create and Celebrate

Candle Unique

Carlton Cards

Cinemark Movies 12
Claire's Boutique
Colbert Ball Tax Service
Corn Dog 7
Dillard's 
Dollar World
Eyemasters
Fashion Nails
Finish Line
Foot Action USA
Foot Locker
FYE For Your Entertainment
Galveston Island musicals
Gamestop
GNC
Gold & Watches
Gold Time
Gordon's Jewelers
Hello Josephine
In Style 2
Ivy Nails and Spa
Kay Jewelers
Lane Bryant
Macy's
Mainland Cellular & Wireless
Mastercuts
New York and Company
NY Diva
Palais Royal
Perfume Plus II
Photo Depot
Point of View
Quick Fix
Rave
Red Cap Express
Regis Hairstylists
Rockview Christian Bookstore
Royal Formals
Sameer's Accessories
Sears
Shaheen Silver Jewelry
Shoe Department
Sprint
Subway
Sweet Factory
T Mobile Beta Page
T-Body & Monogramming
Tilt
Titan Sunwear
T-Mobile Voicestream
US Armed Forces Air Force Recruiting
US Armed Forces Army Recruiting
US Armed Forces Navy Recruiting
US Armed Forces Marines Recruiting
Villa Pizza
Waldenbooks
Wild Bill's Texas Gourmet Foods & Rustic Furniture
Zales Jewelers

Photos from December 2013

The fountain is shut off. 
The gate was up early to block off access to the cinema. This is the gate that is being used to block off access to the mall now that it is closed. 
Gift wrapping, the mall kept operating as usual until January. 
The former Corndog 7. 
Footaction continued to stay open until 9 pm. 

As you can see the mall had Christmas decorations everywhere just like a normal year at the mall. This would be the last Christmas though for the interior mall.
Now for a quick ride around the mall, again.
This is the sign that greets shoppers near the hotels in front of the mall.
Christmas Eve, very few shoppers inside of the mall. The anchors were busy though. 
The infamous postcard, there has to be an interesting story behind this one. It was never updated and still lists all of the former anchors that were at the mall. 
Zoomed in on the closed entrance

The signs on the JCPenney doors are simple. Store closed, moved to Baybrook Mall, Phone number and Thank you.
The delivery area of Macy's/ Foley's.
The boarded up entrance of the mall.
Looking inside of the former FYE/ Camelot music store. 
Looking inside of the former Finish Line.
The inside of the "convention center" with a diagram of the mall.
Inside of the former EB games/ Gamestop.

November 2011 Store List 

Affordable Furniture 
B&B News Stand
Bath & Body Works 
Boost Mobile
Claire's Boutique
Classic Color Photo
Corndog's Heaven
Customer Service Mall Office
Elyza Diamonds
Eye Masters 
Fashion Nails 
Finish Line
First Class Seats/Massage Chairs 
Foot Action USA
Forever Famous
Glamorous
Gold Time
Gold-N-Watches
Gordon's Jewelers
Hello Josephine
Incense & More 
Lane Bryant 
Mall Office
Macy's 
Mastercuts 
Movies 12
Overlay Designs
Palais Royal 
Perfect Brow
Perfume Plus II
Photo Fantasy Photo Fun Strips
Qigong Massage 
Relaxation Massage
Royal Formals
Sameer's Accessories
Sears
Security Excorts Mall Office
Shaheen Silver Jewelry
Stinger's Bar & Grill
Subway
T-Body & Monogramming
Texas Burger and Fries
Tilt 
Titan Cellular
Titan Sunwear
T-Mobile 
Villa Pizza 
WaterWalk
Wheelchairs Mall Office  

Photos from January 2014
The sign says it all.
The convention center.
EB games/ Gamestop
B&B Newsstand
La Pizzaioli
Relaxation moved to Pasadena Town Square
Moved nearby 
This kiosk was empty for a long time. 
The fountain as it now stands. 
One of the displays that featured advertisements for the real stores at the mall. Several of these windows were in the mall in locations that were never used for stores. 
A week later the lights had been mostly shut off in the far section of the food court. More stores had moved out. This was less than a week before the interior mall closed for good. Most of the stores did not move out until the last week of January. On my last visit to the mall before it was closed off Footaction and Bath and Body Works were open until 9 pm. Everyone else except the cinema closed early or had closed down. 
This was the last food court restaurant. 
Footaction and Bath and Body Works stayed open until 9 pm.  
A last look at the infamous postcard. 
Going down to the Sears wing you can see all of the remaining plants inside of the mall have been moved to this section of the mall. These would later be used to block off access to the mall. 
Sears will stay open.
Inside of the former B and B newsstand.
Some last photos of the food court. 
I am not sure if the Hangout Bar will stay open. Their last Facebook post was from December and there was no mention of the bar closing. 
This entrance to the mall will remain open as long as the cinema is still operating. 
Sears has this sign and a generic open sign near the top of the building. 
January 31, 2014 the official last day of the mall. The mall actually closed the day before when the last stores moved out. The majority mall was blocked off already, but a portion of the Sears wing was still open. This is all you can see, plants are blocking off any further access to the mall. 
The sign greeting visitors to the mall. Don't go past the plants!
Sears mall entrance and this short section of the mall were still open. Will this section of the mall remain open?
Looking from the small section of the mall that is still open at the cinema. 
The Palais Royal mall entrance was being sealed up. 

Store List February 2013 

Anchors

Cinemark Movies 12
Palais Royal
Sears

Kiosk/Stores

Affordable Furniture
Bath and Body Works
Chinita’s Ch√Ęteau De Salon
Claire’s
CLR Jewelers
Fashion Nails
Footaction
Formal Gallery (Royal Formals on directory).
Gold N Watches
Gold Time
Perfect Brow Bar
Perfume Plus 2
Qigong Massage
Relaxation Full Body Massage
Rhythm Babes Dance Company
Sameer’s Accessories
Shaheen Silver

Food Court

Aloha Java Juice
La Pizzaioli
Hello Josephine
The Hangout Bar and Grill (Food Court Mall entrance, opened April 20, 2013)

The mall was originally scheduled to be closed on January 31, 2014. The mall stores closed early and the mall was closed off to the public on January 29, 2014.

February 2014 Store List
Affordable Furniture (Outside entrance rumored to close in June) 
Cinemark Movies 12 (Food Court Mall entrance)
Palais Royal (Outside entrance) 
Sears (Mall entrance and Outside entrance)