Westminster Mall: Retail Despair

Remember when George Bush told us all to go out and shop to help the economy? What a retard. Anyway, on a recent visit to the Westminster Mall I counted twelve closed stores. It seems the shopping frenzy is over. That’s a lot of stores – and I am not even including the dire situation in the Food Court.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, then you can consider this a twelve-thousand word essay. Without further ado, I present you with The Gallery of Retail Despair.


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3 Comments so far

  1. evan on February 12th, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

    The Westminster mall was always kind of depressing to me, but those photos really tell a story. Long Beach used to have Long Beach Place, a mall in downtown. In the early 90s recession, tons of stores there closed and it was basically a ghost town–it was really creepy to walk through there. The city shut it down in the late 90s. I wonder if things get really bad at the Westminster mall (and other malls) if something like that could happen. Basically, it just takes a few closed stores to make the whole shopping experience really unpleasant, driving people away, which leads to more store closures…it’s a vicious cycle.

  2. Jon (oc_jon) on February 12th, 2009 @ 2:50 pm

    I agree. It’s a viscous cycle. They can’t attract new retailers without the foot traffic and they can’t maintain the foot traffic without new retailers.

  3. krisfoolery on February 13th, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

    I grew up around this mall, I remember the red carpet days as we use to skate in there. Then they upgraded the mall and made it a Simon. It was a good mall till Bella Terra came around, now that is the place to go. It is a bit sad to see my mall in trouble, but it is happen all over, I heard the Block is no longer what it use to be. Although, I can not verify it as I am one of those who are included into the statistic factor of ones not going to malls anymore. Thanks for the update…lets hope it turns around soon.

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