Sometimes as we are growing up, we take things for granted that we assume are going to be around forever. As we get older, we soon realize that that's not the case for, well, pretty much everything. This includes the malls that we may have frequented in our teen years, the movie theaters where we may have gotten our first kiss, or the restaurant where we shared our first date.
It is; however, difficult to see these areas in such disrepair and degradation. The malls where we shopped seem to be in our memories and we might feel gloomy when we see them in deplorable condition, somehow remembering what it was like when we visited that kiosk to buy our first cell phone or hear a salesperson try to get us to purchase the windows in the house that we don’t even own.
These malls are reminiscent to see what our country was once like, but most of the shoppers have gone to larger stores, so they don’t have to go to more than once place. Some costumers have done away with leaving the house altogether; by simply a click of the mouse. Many consumers prefer to shop online without having to leave the comfort of their own sofa. Yet, as depressing as these abandoned malls may seem, there are quite a few that are unequivocally downright creepy.
10 Hawthorne Plaza Shopping Center – Hawthorne, California
In 1977, Hawthorne was a booming city in California located near Los Angeles, filled with middle-class citizens; which seemed to continue growing. During that time, a mall with three levels opened in the center of the city that sought out those people who would spend their paychecks. As the years went by, those same customers started seeing more and more youngsters entering the mall with saggy jeans and assumed that these teenagers were gangs that were taking over their shopping area, and had found other places to shop. In 1999, the mall was closed permanently, yet it still stands to this day.
9 Rolling Acres Mall – Akron, Ohio
8 New South China Mall – Dongguan, China
7 Cloverleaf Mall – Richmond, Virginia
In 1972, Richmond, Virginia opened a string of 42 stores inside a large building and called it Cloverleaf Mall. It had a large court in the center of it with a twenty foot pool, glass trees and a great waterfall. Twenty years later, homes in the area were built far away from where the mall was located, so it was difficult for the businesses to stay afloat. Then something horrifying happened. In 1996, Charlita Singleton and Cheryl Sonya Edwards were closing up their shifts in the mall at the All-For-One Dollar Store, when they were brutally murdered. It had appeared as a robbery, but the case was never solved.
6 New World Mall – Bangkok, Thailand
5 Westfield Shoppingtown Crestwood – St. Louis, Missouri
Crestwood Mall was first opened in 1957, under a different name, and was an open-air shopping area to start with. In 1984, it was enclosed to become an indoor shopping mall. After that, it changed names a few times, lost most of its businesses, and ultimately shut down entirely in 2013.
4 Brookside Mall – Fredericton, New Brunswick (Canada)
3 Lockport Mall – Lockport, New York
2 McFarland Mall – Tuscaloosa, AL
1 Randall Park Mall – North Randall, Ohio
At one time, North Randall was home to the “world’s largest shopping center.” Even the city’s seal has two shopping bags incorporated into it, to signify that exact phrase. So what exactly happened to this large shopping mall is not precisely known; however, it is rumored that internet shopping and e-commerce most likely has a lot to do with the downfall of this mall (and probably all of the other ones, as well). What was once home to a teenager’s first job, a child enjoying their first visit with Santa or shopping for that engagement ring, is now an empty vessel of damaged walls, destroyed property and an eerie sense of whomever did those things being right around the corner.
Sources: la.curbed.com, dailymail.co.uk, businessinsider.com, wric.com, gizmodo.com
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