Sunrise Mall will soon be down to the last 4 tenants. Freedom Fitness, New Life Church, Planet Fitness, and Workforce Solutions. Wilcox Furniture closed in late 2020, and Burlington will leave the mall probably before the end of the year. Feb 4, 1981 was the date the mall officially opened and the last retail tenant will be gone in 2021. We will have to see what the future holds for the property, but things are looking very bleak.
This has got to be the most sketchy mall visit that I have done to date. It started out as a normal mall walk, but once nightfall hit things seemed to get weird.
We start our tour in the parking garage across from Burlington.
Broken glass, graffiti, and the smell of urine.
These windows aren't boarded up lets see what is inside.
The Burlington neon sign was still on casting a red glow to an empty mall.
The Workforce Solutions is still open, but they have an exterior entrance.
A left over Montgomery Ward sign still being used for Wilcox Furniture.
The old Montgomery Ward was split up between Freedom Fitness and Wilcox Furniture. Wilcox Furniture closed a few months after my visit.
Here is the mall entrance inside of Wilcox Furniture, unfortunately it was covered up.
The edge of the parking lot had a carnival going on. At this point in 2020, just about every event was being cancelled, and we were just a few days away from the partial lockdowns in the State of Texas.
More spooky shots
Inside of the former Mervyn's, this lone light shined. The other half of the building houses the Planet Fitness.
Another look into the empty corridors of the mall.
Sears still had their signage and some interior lights lit up.
Sears with Planet Fitness to the left.
Sears had only been closed just a few months before the visit.
I wonder if anyone used this coupon.
A peek inside of the store through the uncovered window.
A look at the entrance near Sears and New Life Church/former Stein Mart.
A flickering light shines at the creepy back dock of the Burlington Coat Factory.
The side view of the New Life Church.
As we now know, this Burlington will soon move into a new location officially ending the era of retail at Sunrise Mall.
One last look at the mall entrance with the Burlington neon glow and a completely dark mall building. To make matters worse, the parking lot lights were off as well.
More to come, stay tuned.