Center court features wood-grained ceilings and a non-functioning fountain. The wall on the left with the small hallway is actually what used to be the Sears wing.
On the left is what was a local pretzel shop.
A look down the east wing to center court (facing west).
North wing from center court. The back portion is mostly walled off except for access to the north entrance.
A look down the north wing. Murphy's was on the right.
High window skylight detail.
Next to the wall on the north wing is this staircase coming off to the side. The aerial shows a small area that appears to include a higher roof that would thus support this second level.
The north end of the north wing is mostly blocked off except this piece of the corridor heading to exterior doors where the light is coming in.
Outside entrance from the north end of the north corridor. Perhaps this was designed for a third anchor (Troutman's?) that never came. If so, there was no room to add this anchor without tearing down several buildings.
Looking down the very dark north wing to center court with the wall ahead blocking Sears court.
Details of a few of the old shops. The outline of an overhang is visible on one of the former shops on the right.
What is left of the Sears mall entrance is visible down this narrow hallway. The wall to the right used to be part of the Sears wing.
Detail of the Sears entrance that is now offices.
Photo contributed to the New Castle News by David Colella showing the Sears mall entrance when it was fully intact.
Shots of the west wing walking away from center court. The brick-clad arches on the exterior help to make the mall darker.
Walking down the west wing back toward center court. The next photo shows more detail of the former store on the left.
Sears relocation would ultimately prove to be unsuccessful. For one, New Castle is not large enough nor developed enough to support typically mall-based retailers. Much better shopping options are found a mere 18 miles west in Boardman, OH including Southern Park Mall and a huge variety of big box stores surrounding it. It seems more than anything the mall was built in hopes that people would choose to shop in New Castle rather than make the trek to the vast shopper's paradise to the west. It did not work. Sears in its newer location closed in 2015 after 20 years although Dunham's Sports and Lowe's still operate stores at Union Plaza. While the city is clearly large enough to support some big box retail, it is not large enough to support the types of stores found in malls.
Former store on west wing. Does anybody know what this was? It has pretty distinctive architecture suggesting a junior anchor.
Walking back to center court along the west wing of the mall.
Center court looking into the east wing.
Although the sign over the mall appears to have been updated, Town Mall Pizza looks to be the only original tenant remaining in the mall.
Looking down the east wing toward the east entrance.
Note the unusual overhang of this store coupled with the rather vintage Town Mall Beauty School sign. A photo contributed from the 1970's shows that a store called "Mr. Little's" used to be in this spot fronted by a kiosk. The store to the right was apparently called "Rivet". Next to that was the pretzel stand shown in previous photos.
Here is the photo from the early days of the mall contributed to the New Castle News by Anthony DiCarlo showing what was originally here. So much has changed, but so much has remained the same.
What appears to have been the former Rivet location.
Exterior shots of the former Sears, much of what has been taken up by Erie Business Center (west side) and a portion by Family Dollar on the east side. Part of the store appears to remain vacant.
Detail of the outside of the east entrance of the mall. It was really quite an attractive design for 1970.
Former Murphy's location (outside entrance). It looks like much of the right side of the north wing was taken up by Murphy's. Today it houses what appears to be a call center for AT&T.
On the southeast outlot of the mall is this former grocery store. Was this a former Top's or something else?
View of the west side of the mall with Sears barely visible on the right.
The name and logo appears to have been changed in the mid-1980's, but the sign itself is the same sign frame used for Towne Mall originally.
Last, but not least, is Sears replacement store located three miles to the west at the intersection of US 224 and I-376 (Pennsylvania Turnpike). It closed in 2015.