With online shopping ascendant, the mall experience, and to a lesser extent the retail experience in general, is becoming retro. And while it takes a certain not-living-in-the-suburbs bias to declare malls dead and buried, those who make a living from such knowledge have essentially confirmed it. One retail expert said no new indoor malls have been proposed in the US of A since 2006. (Psst, that's all moving to China.)
So at the risk of engaging in what's been called "ruin porn," check out these crazy images of dead malls and shuttered retail spaces across America:
Woodville Mall in Northwood, Ohio.
It opened in 1969, but today is only a shell of its former self.
Mellet Mall in Canton, Ohio.
Another Ohio spot, this mall now serves
mainly as a walkway between a JC Penny and a Walmart.
Totem Lake Mall in Kirkland, Washington.
A lonely wreath sits at the end of a long hallway in this once bustling place.
Northwest Plaza in St. Ann, Missouri.
This shopper's paradise was built with that quasi-futuristic look. Sadly, that's all in the past.
Dixie Square Mall in Harvey, Illinois.
This sad place has been in the above condition for longer than it was open (1966 -1978).
River Roads Mall in Jennings, Missouri.
The River Roads Mall, according to one
urban explorer, "bit it" sometime in the mid-90s.
San Jacinto Mall in Houston, Texas.
The effect seen on that Mervyn's sign is called a "label scar." #learnsomethingeveryday
Lakeview Center in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
This is the front of a former JC Penney's, which actually remained
in business until 2011.
Meriden Mall in Meriden, Connecticut.
This one went up in the early 1970s. Learn more about this purple palace here
The Broadway in Hawthorne, California.
The paint job still manages to give onlookers kind of a nice feeling after all these years...
Richland Mall in Ontario, Ohio.
This former shopping mecca sits along the Lincoln Highway, just outside Colulmbus.
Bandana Square in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Not far from the still-functioning Mall of America
, this brick behemoth was once a train station.
Eastwood Mall in Birmingham, Alabama.
There's a Super Walmart - yes, a big version of an already big store - where this place used to be.
University City Mall in Spokane, Washington.
Unlike its cousin, the Dixie Square Mall (see above), most of this mall has now been demolished.
Cloverleaf Mall in Richmond, Virginia.
This mall still lives up to the "leaf" part of its name, even in death.