Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mall of the Mainland June 2017 update

Things are happening at the Mall of the Mainland. New businesses are opening up and most of the mall property is under construction or construction is finishing up.

Here is the former mall entrance next to Dillard's which is being converted into a trampoline park.
Here is the website for the park

 The former JCPenney is being converted into a new use. Storage units may be the new tenant for this building.

 The newly created mall entrance which will lead to the center of the mall and the food court area. 
 A wider view of this section of the mall The former Palais Royal has been converted into the Booker T. World Gym Areana. 
 Construction work is proceeding at the other entrance of the mall next to Sears. From what little I could see, it looks like a medical or office use.
 Wait a minute, yes that is the former Sears mall entrance sign. Drywall has been installed in between the mall corridor and Sears so you can no longer look into the mall. 
 But wait, there's more. Yes, the middle of the mall is once again open to the public. 
As you can see, the interior of the mall has been renovated. No more blue and pink with neon lights. New flooring, a new color scheme, and new spaces for businesses.
 Toxic City Comics and Stuttegarden are the first two businesses operating in the renovated space.  
 Here is the newly created corridor that leads to the new entrance at the front of the mall.
 A glass door separates the mall from the cinema now. Code of conduct signs are posted on both doors entering the mall. 
Here is the newly created corridor leading to the new front entrance. 
There are more renderings of the finished project at
Make sure you check out the Texas properties tab to see more about the mall redevelopment. I am happy to see a part of the mall reopened to the public and I hope this redevelopment works. A lot of effort is going into the the redevelopment of the mall to truly redevelop the property as it needed to be.

I will have more photos as this project progresses. Right now so much of the property is under construction.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Suncoast Parkdale Mall Beaumont Texas

Here is one of the last remaining Suncoast Motion Picture Company stores located at the Parkdale Mall in Beaumont Texas. There are less than 10 locations left of this very retro store. The interior lighting of the store has been improved even though the neon has been shut off for several years now. The exterior sign as you can tell is mostly functioning though.
The product mix inside of the store has changed tremendously over the years. Movies can still be found, but about half of the store is now dedicated to other products. The product mix is very similar almost to Hastings without the larger products and video games. This store is located right down the mall corridor to 2nd and Charles which is a very similar store to Hastings. The competition may be the reason why the product mix has changed from a focus on movies to the variety that is here now.

The back wall of the store is now dedicated to vinyl music products.
Collectibles have taken over much of the store.
Towards the front of the store more collectibles.

A vast t-shirt wall takes over space that was as of about a year ago movies. 
The other back corner of the store is full of random collectibles and other items.
A vast selection of headphones and portable music devices fills this wall.
Phone cases are also mixed in with the headphones.
Here is the product mix at the checkout area. Few movies and a mix of products. There is also a large candy selection at the very front of the store, not pictured.