Since my 2004 and 2009 photo sets of Shannon Mall, I took one more set of photos on the 2010 trip where I arrived on April 22nd. I knew it was bad news the minute I saw an "Under New Management" banner outside. Since when does a WHOLE MALL get that banner? The mall by then was in a dreadful state with no security, most of the stores gone and an interior beginning to show signs of disrepair. The mall closed this fall after the owner failed to pay the power bill, and now it is in foreclosure. On the heels of this, Macy's is now leaving the mall with Sears the only store remaining. The article posted here claims that "they do not remember another mall closing in Atlanta". I guess they never noticed when either Cobb Center and Avondale Mall closed down, but as both were 1960's archaic centers it was easy to overlook.
Looking along the wing that was sealed off for several years toward Maxx Fun, which is now closed and opened as Mervyn's, later JCPenney. In the first pic, it is center court. Note that despite the condition of the mall the fountain was still fully functioning.
The lights were still on then, but climate control was non-existant in the doomed mall in the most dead wing.
The old JCPenney wing had the most deterioration as evidenced by the crumbling ceiling tiles from the leaking roof.
A last (and final) look at the old JCPenney/Mervyn's wing.
Shannon Mall was attacked on every front: Arbor Place took the core of its market in 1999, Ashley Park, a lifestyle center, took the last shoppers from Newnan and Coweta County and Camp Creek Marketplace nabbed the urban clientele as well as much of the inline shops. Since Macy's opened at Arbor Place in 2004 and Sears opened with the mall in 1999, there was not much of a reason for either store to remain. I posted in the past a far more optomistic outlook than reality held, and now only Sears remains. As the smallest mall to open in the 80's in an area that first never really took off then later declined, it did well to last barely over 30 years.
Dead storefronts were abounding in the mall. Here is a former Zale's Jewelrers.
Finish Line Shoes is out for lunch. We will be back...never.
The old Davison's/Macy's closed in 1999, and nothing here has changed in that time span. Note the green stain on the brick where the roof leaked inside the wall.
More dead storefronts. These were all on the Macy's wing since what few stores remained were mostly around Sears.
Shannon Mall, renamed Union Station, has had its share of abandoned elements for quite awhile. A movie theater on an outparcel closed and was abandoned for several years before becoming a church. The original Macy's, located in what opened as Davison's, has been closed for 12 years and is now showing signs of disrepair. Maxx Fun, a desperate attempt to reopen the dead wing and fill the old JCPenney, failed about a year after opening. Every chain store was gone from the mall by the time I arrived. Redevelopment plans also evaporated along with the local economy, which was hit hard by the housing bust. The mall is also closing just as the mall that effectively replaced it is now struggling, Arbor Place. Needless to say, the mall's last owner, Union City and surrounding businesses will all be hurt as this mall fades into history. Hopefully few more in the area will meet this fate anytime soon. RIP Shannon Southpark Mall.
One last (and full) view of the rather elaborate and cheerful skylights in center court. This was cutting edge design when the mall opened.
"Union Station" Mall's map was already out of date showing MaxxFun. Note the configuration of the foodcourt on the southwest wing.
Walking into the Food Court. Chick-Fil-A used to be on the right. They closed just before I arrived.
Bruster's hangs on in the Food Court. It is a regional ice cream chain found across the Atlanta metro.
What remains in the Food Court are the kind of restaurants that you would normally find haunting old Long John Silvers locations that close as quickly as they open.
Piccadilly, formerly Morrison's, always seems to thrive in dead mall locations. As you can see, this one was hanging on until the very end. This is why you will NEVER see them in nice areas again.
Maxx Fun became Maxx Dissapointment...or should I say Maxx Fail?
This mall entrance was to the JCPenney/Maxx Fun wing with Maxx Fun on the left.
Davison's here looks especially abandoned and creepy now after 12 years of rotting. It was the only two-level anchor at the mall, and I would have given anything to go inside.
Mall entrance on Sears wing and Sears to the right.
Sears is sadly reminding me so much of Montgomery Ward. Here it sits at a mall that is now dead and gone as the last anchor standing like Wards was famous for in the early part of the last decade. It will doubtfully remain long as Sears itself is struggling to survive for much of the same reasons Montgomery Ward is in the retail graveyard.