Sunday, October 29, 2006

Would Carolina Circle Mall Work Today?

Something's been bugging me lately. Would Carolina Circle Mall do as much as a great job in 2006 as it did in the '70s, '80s, and '90s?

One of the biggest problems is that there would obviously be no Montgomery Ward. Unless someone would have opened up there, a mall just seems weird with a huge empty store at one end. Montgomery Ward was also one of the most popular features of the mall.

From what I've noticed, mall's have changed a lot since the '90s. Like I've said before, Carolina Circle Mall was the ultimate '90s mall. If Carolina Circle Mall made it into 2006, the mall would have probably lost its '90s influence and become just another mall of the '00s. Sorry, my old-school part of me is talking as usual.

However, there's always the possibility that Carolina Circle Mall could have retained its '90s carousel era style in 2006. That's pretty unlikely, but that would definately be a breath of fresh air.

In a way, I guess it was good that it did close. Closing helped put it out of its missery and prevented it from spawning more bad memories than good memories we have of the mall from the '70s, '80s, and '90s.

1 comment:

Steven Swain said...

Interesting question. I think that it could possibly have worked as a modern amll, but it would have had to lose a lot of what made it special: the design, the stores, stuff like that.