Enclosed Malls of the Tri-States: Eastdale Mall, University Mall (Pensacola)
They are large shopping centers with a variety of stores, restaurants and other services: shopping malls. All this week, News 4 This Morning is looking at some of the most notable enclosed shopping malls of the tri-states, some still open and others defunct.
The Eastdale Mall opened in 1977 and has almost a million square feet of space. It features major outlets like Sears, JCPenney, and Dillard's, along with other businesses like Chuck E Cheese, Hot Topic, and Claire's. It also features restaurants like Chick-Fil-A and Cinnabon. Another notable feature of Eastdale Mall is the Ice Palace, a skating rink inside the mall for children, families or adults. You can skate, or watch others skate from a vantage point on the second floor.
We go now to Pensacola, Florida, home of the University Mall. This mall opened in 1974...But by 2010, it was mostly empty on the inside.
Aside from major outlets like Sears and JCPenney, most of the other stores and restaurants like Sbarro, Hallmark, and Radio Shack had closed. But, instead of still sitting mostly empty, demolition on the main mall began in 2013, and the University Mall will soon become the University Town Plaza, with stand-alone stores like Academy Sports and Toy's R Us along side the still-open JCPenney's and Sears.
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