You KNOW when you see a mall with a front like this, it's going to be shockingly old inside as well.
JCPenney is in the midst of flying the coop. It is uncertain what will replace it.
A few more shots of the front of the mall.
At the Ollie's end of the mall. Enclosed strips do not have traditional mall entrances. This was once Murphy's, later Hills and Ames. It was vacant up until Ollie's arrived.
A look back into the "main mall", which as you can see is one-sided.
Dollar General operates in part of what was originally Fashion Bug.
A mini-arcade rests on the parking lot side of the mall.
Hallmark has been replaced by the sound of someone exhaling the "H" sound.
Hallmark is now the hall of shelves
The funny thing with a mall like this is you'd expect a leaky, yellowed ceiling and disrepair, but this mall is still a Zamias property and is actually well-maintained. Vintage does not always mean a moldy public health hazard. You can see updated lights and sprinklers meaning the roof is in good shape. If you keep up the roof and fix nothing else, these old malls could last forever.
Inside the GNC. It's as original as they come other than the updated logo.
Whatever store operated on the right was a very tight squeeze. It's basically a built-in kiosk.
The state-run liquor store nears what could best be considered "center court", which is where the L-shaped enclosed strip turns and reveals an interior full mall section.
What surprises await those around this spooky looking bend?
And here it is! The back mall. On the left is this highly intriguing corner with original wood paneling. Was it just a design flaw they couldn't figure out what to do with?
It looks to be an original Foot Locker forgotten to time.
Geez, set up a lemonade stand or something. I cannot imagine any parent willing to give their kids a gumball from that machine.
Yessir, this just leads to a back door. No anchor, no reason to go back there at all. It's clear from the vacant storefronts that not many have in years.
It is impossible to tell what this ever was, but what is inside looks like just storage.
Let's see what's outside these doors.
Umm, okay. This REALLY makes you want to shop here. What's insane is that these doors are even accessible!
Cinder block with appropriate graffiti. It makes you think they hoped to land a third anchor here in the back, but it just never worked out.
Walking back in those double doors into the corridor of lost hope. The doors on the left appeared to be some restaurant.
Inside, it looks like the Sad Cafe circa 1985.
Leaving the back mall wing heading to what will soon not be JCPenney.
Another mystery tenant complete with beautiful wood paneling is tucked away on the parking lot side of the L. What was this? A travel agency?
JCPenney mall entrance and exterior front entrance. You enter the mall to enter the store.
A few more details of the JCPenney mall entrance looking into the main mall.
A couple shots inside the closing JCPenney. It is not as remarkable or as vintage as you'd think.
"JCPenny's...used to be here". Yes, an official sign with an official spelling error! This is the back entrance to the store with direct parking lot access. However, this door was locked.
Tom & Jerry are keeping an eye on the JCPenney entrance. The back mall is peeking around the corner also.
A little more detail in the back wing. This abandoned store that once housed "Pet Place" is today part of the Goodwill. It is not clear what purpose it has since the store is not technically part of the Goodwill in the main mall.
A little more detail of the wood paneling faux room shows that it has a third side split by the main (strip) mall access. Tom & Jerry are just around the bend to the left as well as JCPenney.
I guess the mall has a few skylights. This is looking back into the main enclosed strip mall where most of the action is.
Walking back to Ollie's
Detail around Murphy's/Hills/Ames/Ollies. If you look very close you can almost make out a "Mart" on the right of where the white paint is.
Outside of Murphy's/Hills/Ames/Ollie's
Former Brody's? Like Clarion Mall, the Peebles is just outside instead of IN the mall.
From space it is nearly impossible to tell that an actual mall is here. It just looks like a typical 70's strip mall.