The Esplanade Mall is struggling these days. This is the 2nd largest mall in the metro area, but management changes and the loss of several stores is hurting the mall. The area between the center of the mall and Macy's is doing fairly well with only a few vacancies, but the other half of the mall is really struggling. I will not go into the history of the mall, but you can see it here on my previous article. This is still a very nice, clean mall so there is the potential to make this mall great again.
The former Dillard's Men's store entrance.
The main Dillard's store corridors have seen better days. Most of the stores along this corridor have left the mall or moved. The Dillard's was converted to a clearance store. This mall had 2 Dillard's stores 4 years ago. One store closed and the other one only operates the first floor as a clearance store.
This is how the second level near the main Dillard's looks now.
The food court. A film crew was taking down all kinds of equipment for a show or movie being filmed in the mall.
Here are a couple of shots from the Target corridor facing the store and looking into the mall.
Here are a couple of shots near Macy's on the first and second floor.
The Target appears to be the most popular anchor.
The new Grand Theater is a short distance across from the mall. I wonder why they did not connect this to the mall.
The old General Cinema at the back of the mall sits almost in the shadow of the new Grand Theater
The Macy's looks faded and worn on the outside, but the inside is nice and recently remodeled. The 3rd floor was closed as part of the reopening of the store. Flood damage from Hurricane Katrina caused lots of damage to the store and took several years for Macy's to finally reopen. The new Lakeside Macy's opened at the same time as this store reopened. The New Orleans Centre Macy's never reopened and still sits awaiting redevelopment.