Saturday, March 26, 2011

Circuit City Lake Charles Louisiana Mar 09, 2011

More photos added Aug 22, 2011.

A bonus photo of the nearby 1990's style Toys R Us with Geoffrey still on the front of the store.

In Lake Charles Louisiana this perfectly preserved Circuit City location serves as a reminder of the once mighty chain of electronics stores. Most of the locations that were left over in Houston have been taken over by other chains and the Circuit City signs are gone. Circuit City was a great place to find the newest electronics back in the day, but fell behind the times. If you were an employee of any Circuit City feel free to comment.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

PlazAmericas Mall Update Part 1 Cinema, Food Court, and Misc.

Here is part one of the update from PlazAmericas Mall. The new El Mercado will be the entire part two of the PlazAmericas updates.

This store is definitely from the 1980's; don't touch the walls you may get splinters! This store is located next to the upper level of the new Mercado.

Here is another renovated store with a labelscar for Cargo; does anyone know what cargo was?

A sneak peak through the gate of the cinema that I toured the other day; the cinema is still being repaired.

The food court is filling up just about all of the remaining spots. Asian, Carne Asada, Wings, Burgers, are some of the new arrivals that are open or about to open.

Two of the newer stores in the mall; taken after closing time.

A view of the first level of the mall near the cinema entrance.

The old school Victoria's Secret just recently closed.

The mall is taking a tough stance against crime.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Deerbrook Mall Humble Texas

Deerbrook Mall was opened in the mid 1980's in the Northeast suburb of Humble Texas at the intersection of Highway 59 and FM 1960. Deerbrook Mall opened with Sears, Macy's, Mervyn's and Foley's as the main anchors and the mall is two stories. The mall also had most of the trendy stores of the day in the first five years including a hologram store, Oshman's, Kay Bee and Circus World toys. The mall was originally painted with a typical 1980's dark color scheme but later changed to lighter colors. The mall did well until the mid 1990's when the mall was stagnant and losing stores. The mall was soon sold and the new owners remodeled attracting a new AMC 24 cinema and a new JCPenney anchor a couple of years later. The mall rebounded quickly and it is one of the top seven destination malls in Houston. The mall was also remodeled again in the mid 2000's to the current style. Some of the changes over the years to the mall are that the food court originally had a full size McDonalds and Chik Fil A. Both restaurants were moved and downsized to make way for the massive entrance to the AMC cinema in the remodel. Barnes and Noble also moved in around 2000 and the Casa Ole was moved up to the second story of the mall to make room for the bookstore. Macy's became Dillard's and Foley's became Macy's. Mervyn's closed and became Cicruit City on half of the upper level and Steve and Barry's on the lower level.

The current mall-map.

Here is the entrance to Palais Royal; you can see the anchor space that has never been filled to the right for an anticipated sixth anchor.

Here is the AMC 24 Cinema; the cinema is built over a small parking lot.

JCPenney is the newest anchor at the mall.

The entrance to Casa Ole and Sears


Total Home, formerly Circuit City. The store basically slapped a new sign up and moved furniture in the shell of the former Circuit City. This anchor was originally a Mervyn's.

The mall has a very open floor plan with lots of skylights.

This is the entrance in between Macy's and the former Mervyn's.

Dillard's is three stories here. This was a location that was acquired from Macy's and changed over to Dillard's in the late 1990's.

Here is the Barnes and Noble in between Sears and Dillard's. This was formerly a Casa Ole restaurant.

The Total Home store takes up half of the second floor of the former Mervyn's.

You can see the design did not change from the Circuit City that was previously located here.

This is the only part of the former Mervyn's anchor that has not been redeveloped.

Macy's was Foley's until they were acquired in 2005. This location was damaged during Hurricane Ike and completely gutted to the shell and rebuilt. This store is also three stories.

This is one of the few malls that still has a cafeteria.

The front of Dillard's around closing time

Outside of the Macy's entrances; the original glass logo of Foley's in the 1980's still stands.

The food court was redesigned in 1996 when the AMC Cinema opened.