I was surprised to see that West Oaks Mall was under demolition; I completely missed this piece of news. Most of the former Steve and Barry's wing that was almost dead is being demolished to make room for a new 14 screen Edwards movie theater. This is great news for the struggling mall; although there is already an Alamo Drafthouse movie cinema that is located almost next to where the new cinema will be located. The Alamo Drafthouse is connected to the north side of the food court and the Edwards cinema will be connected by a small remaining section of the mall on the west side of the food court. A new Palais Royal will open soon in the former Linens and Things mini anchor leaving just the former JCPenney unoccupied. Some ideas that I can suggest for the JCPenney site are a complete tear down of the building and add a smaller junior anchor such as TJ Maxx or a sit down chain restaurant to complement the two movie cinemas.
This part of the mall will be gone soon to make way for the new cinema.
So far the Mall Directory has not been updated to reflect the upcoming cinema that will be in the bottom left corner of this photo. The JCPenney site is called a future development.
The west side of the mall is being demolished to make room for the new Edwards cinema.
This whole view and more was once covered by a Steve and Barry's/ Mervyn's store.
Looking into the remains of the mall. A small part of this wing has been walled off and is still open.
A wide view of the mall with the former Steve and Barry's/ Mervyn's to the right.
This space was most recently a short lived restaurant that opened around the time of the most recent remodel.
These two shopping carts are the only evidence left of the Steve & Barry's store at the mall.
This is the former JCPenney which opened as a Lord & Taylor store.
A few shots of an entrance of the closed JCPenney. The sign with the layout of the store is still present; this store was originally a Lord & Taylor.
Macy's is the main anchor here and seems to do well. This hallway is nearly identical to the now demolished Mervyn's corridor.
The Macy's corridor facing the West side of the mall.
Sears is located in a small corridor near Macy's. This store was originally a higher end Saks store.
This mall has many detailed high ceilings.
Dillard's clearance center after closing on a Sunday evening.
This former Linens and Things is slated to become a Palais Royal in the near future.
Inside of the store; it has still has the look of the former Linens and Things for now.
This is what is left of the former Mervyn's/ Steve & Barry's wing.
The mall was walled off and the other side is a mess of demolition now. This part of the mall started dying out before Mervyn's closed and did not recover when Steve & Barry's opened. Some of the few remaining stores in this wing moved elsewhere in the mall.
This will be the mall entrance to the new Edwards Cinema.
The food court has a nice fake fireplace.
The entrance to the Alamo cinema; this cinema will have a hard time competing with the upcoming Edwards cinemas that will be built almost next door when the demolition is completed.