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Euclid Square Mall – Abandoned? Or just an eerie reminder of how easily we forget?

I wanted to post this here, before more lies begin to surface across the face of the Internet. There’s a difference between having a little bit of fun, telling a story and just purely blasting a bunch of lies to people who are actually interested in LEARNING about our history. Why would you want to give a false history? Isn’t the point of documenting these places to bring a bit of attention to the matter at hand of all that we have left behind?

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This is Euclid Square Mall – it’s not abandoned, though it has been re-purposed in ways. These vacated shops were replaced with local churches and organizations over the course of some years. Opened in 1977, Euclid Square Mall was a regional mall, housing two anchor stores – local chains Higbee’s, and May Co.

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Though it has indeed been a dead mall since the 90s, these eerily quiet, seemingly abandoned halls are still filled with the chorus ensembles of their equally as eerie, almost post-apocalyptic church groups. I mean, gathering in a formerly abandoned mall? Sounds like something I would always be down to do, but…

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In 1997, rumors erupted when talk started that Kaufmann’s would soon be closed, being dragged into expansion plans for a separate shopping center. People were absolutely right, when only a year later, Kaufmann’s closed their doors. Traffic to the mall fell shorter and shorter as time dragged on – one store after another completely shutting down. By 2002, occupancy was at an all time low, and access to Dillard’s upper level was ceased.

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By 2004, vendors by the name of Outlets USA took over the former Kauffman’s space, moving in if only for a short couple of years. In 2006, it was decided by the mall’s owner that it was “not a good blend of merchants and tenants,” and Outlets USA was removed from the property.

That same year, a proposal was made to include this vacated space as part of a reconstruction project, dealing with a nearby abandoned industrial park. As we can see, that plan fell through, as the mall now sits half-lit and eerie, housing 24 churches. The winter months are cold, and it can FEEL like you are in a truly abandoned structure…but I give it at LEAST 5-10 more years. That might be too generous…

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I remember first visiting this mall, waiting for the final store to close. Dillard’s outlet was eventually shuttered for good, when their lease finally ended in 2013 – they were probably ecstatic. So if you have read about this elsewhere, saying that it has been “abandoned,” this is just not fully the case. Eerie? Yes.

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3 thoughts on “Euclid Square Mall

  1. How are you getting in there? I tried with my friends for over three years (with the help of a friend who happened to be a police officer) lol

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