The term "Jump the Shark" is a television term to refer to the point when a TV show started to go downhill. I believe its root is from the show Happy Days when Fonzie jumped the shark literally.
Even though it's not a television show, Carolina Circle Mall had to have jumped the shark sometime between 1976 and 2002.
One of the most classic reasons is the removal of the ice rink. Sorry guys, but I don't think it was in my opinion. I might have not been around to witness the ice rink, but when the carousel came around, the mall still seemed to do pretty good.
For me, the mall jumped the shark sometime around 1996 or 1997 when they removed the carousel. That was the main reason why I liked the mall. When they got rid of it, that's when I sort of started to realize the mall was in trouble.
When did you feel the mall started to go downhill?