Thursday, August 11, 2011
Today's Photo: The Abandoned Ft. Chiswell Mall
The mall can still be seen from the highway and it's still almost impossible to find, but now there's an added dimension: it's either completely empty or a single store survives. The Bon Worth store has a sign and two people were sitting on a bench outside this morning, but I detected no real activity.
This was a wonderful mall for a number of years, featuring outlets from some very big names on two levels and looking like it should be at the beach. My favorites were the cooking stores and the discount book store that had thousands of titles for $3 and $4. I bought a Ralph Lauren Polo blue blazer there for about $80, a set of Corningwear for something absurdly low and lots of other things I didn't need, but had a blast buying for other people.
Now the parking lot is full of weeds and though the stores are still cheerful looking, they are alone and lonely. So sad for all of us.