Tuesday, November 14, 2006

10 Fun Facts About Carolina Circle Mall

  1. The orange tiling around Montgomery Ward can still be seen today at the defunct Montgomery Ward Auto Center.
  2. The carousel spun counter-clockwise.
  3. The mall was 428,000 square feet.
  4. More than 4,000 parking spaces were available on Opening Day. This could have changed over the 25 year period.
  5. The only store to survive the mall's entire 25 year life span was Montgomery Ward.
  6. Tickets for the carousel were sold throughout the mall at stores such as Chick-Fil-A and Eckerd's.
  7. The late Dale Earndhart visited and signed autographs at the mall in 1990.
  8. The first store to open at the mall was Belk and the last store to be demolished at the mall was also Belk.
  9. The restaurant that survived the longest at the mall was Piccadilly Cafeteria which was open for 20 years from 1976 to 1996.
  10. One of the most interesting fact I've come across is that "Carolina Circle Mall" was not the original name. Archival information from 1974 states that it was originally known as I think "Carolina Circle Center". Must have been the code name or something.

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