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Two More Stores Leaving The Schuylkill Mall

It’s more bad news for another mall in our area.

Two stores inside the Schuylkill Mall say they will be closing their doors for good.

It`s another blow for the Schuylkill Mall near Frackville as two more stores say they will be pulling out.

Gamestop and the Cigar Box will no longer operate there leaving two more vacancies at an already struggling center.

For shoppers they say it`s almost sad how empty the mall has become.

“This mall is depressing, so dead, there`s nothing in there, there`s about three stores and it`s just depressing walking through there,” said Roberto Garcia of Cumbola.

Even for those who work here, they agree the quality of the mall has decreased over the years.

“When I was younger, there was a lot more here, we loved coming up here but there`s not really anything, we loved when we had Old Navy and stuff,” said Brandi Pucci from Minersville.

The mall does have a movie theater.

As for anchor stores, the mall offers a Kmart, a Sears and the Bon-Ton.

“Not really the places I like to shop anyway, I would like Aeropostale, things like that,” said Pucci. “But no not really any stores I like to shop at.”

But people here, malls all over are having problems.

“Economy`s bad everywhere, horrible, horrible, I own my own business so I know,” said Ken Hill of Frackville.

In Scranton, the Mall at Steamtown`s future is unclear.

The mortgage holder bought out the mall after the mall`s owners, one of whom is Al Boscov, defaulted on a loan payment.

Boscov`s department store remains this mall`s only anchor store.

But somehow, the outdoor shopping format of the Shoppes at Montage in Moosic seems to be working.

For shoppers here, this seems to be the preferred option over traditional malls.

“It`s easy parking, it`s right close to the store so it`s nice to have some of the different stores, not the typical ones in the mall,” said Jeanne Rosencrance

“Especially if it`s a nice day out, you can come out and enjoy the weather and at the same time just walk around and an inside mall you don`t get to really get outside too much,” said Scott Davis of Clarks Summit.

 

11 comments

  • christina collins

    maybe if you’s put a playland/like a playground for the smaller kids. one or two places to eat. a book store. and since school’s starting you’s could put in a study group were kids help each other with there work. and have an adult there like an night time teacher. after night help for the kids. they can pay a small fee for the month. and you’s can have acouple computers in they can look stuff up on line. and you’s can put a salvation army up there also. not every one can afford top price clothes. and it would help out the salvation army also. what about a eye dr up there. kids troops boy & girls. a smaller duncton donates up there. you’s would really make money on that. a pharmacy up there would be nice. there’s a lot of idea’s that things can go in there.

  • TIFFANY and MALLS are DINOSAURS !

    Sorry folks, malls are as irrelevant in 2014 as having 44 year old Tiffany sing “I think were alone now” in the center of the Malls like she used to back in 1987 — Malls are dead !

    She was called the Mall Queen

    I call them the Lycoming Dull and the Wyoming Valley Dull

    Dull as in no good stores, and no traffic of shoppers ! ; (

  • TIFFANY and MALLS are DINOSAURS !

    The days of Malls are LONG PAST ! Lycoming Mall is a shell also of what it once was ! Lots of stores, but not LOTS OF PEOPLE ! It is really so freaking dead at times when in the 80’s it was packed !

    Sorry folks, malls are as irrelevant in 2014 as having 44 year old Tiffany sing “I think were alone now” like she used to back in 1987 — Malls are dead !

    Online shopping is where it is at !

    • Truth_In_Words

      You forgot the well below average wages offered in Schuylkill County. The low wage problem has been going on for decades. Prices of products has been steadily going up while the paychecks going down. The Schuylkill county commissioners , business owners/leaders , government officials etc. should all be ashamed of themselves for letting this go on so long. You reap what you sow…..

  • o-bob

    I don’t believe the statement that all indoor malls are struggling is accurate. In progressive areas, indoor malls are still thriving. LV Mall in Whitehall still does quite well. I think the more accurate statement to describe the current state of malls can be summed up as follow: Indoor malls in economically depressed climates are doing poorly and the NE PA area is certainly an economically depressed climate. It’s as simple as that. The people in this area have very little disposable income. They spend what they have at the Dollar Store or Thrift Shops. Best thing one can do is to leave the area. It has been in decline for many years.

    • FR

      Part of the problem is that there is another mall in close proximity. It’s smaller, and struggling too, but has some stores that aren’t found elsewhere in the area (like Michael’s and Kohl’s), so it does draw some foot traffic. It’s also easier to get in and out of than Schuylkill Mall. Most of the traffic for both stores has move to the Wal-Mart built in between the two malls. It’s a shame, as Schuylkill was once the superior mall and a nice place to shop. The inside is in deplorable condition and no one seems to care.

  • JK

    This mall has been a joke for decades. When we go on trips through this area we always allow a little extra time to stop and make fun of it. There used to be a reservoir behind the mall where people could illegally swim that was the most useful part of the property. “The mall still has anchors Kmart Sears and Bon-ton” Who the **** shops at any of these places? No Macy’s no Hollister no AE no Boscov’s….This mall should’ve just closed with dignity years ago

  • TomT

    “The outdoor shopping format of the Shoppes at Montage in Moosic seems to be working.” Really? It’s nice enough, but they’ve got lots of empty stores there – some that closed and were never replaced, and some they never managed to rent out, which is probably why they never finished building the place (check the map on their website, there’s supposed to be another building for spots 59-62). I’ve seen it busy on some days, but on others (even when the weather is nice) it didn’t even seem as busy as Steamtown – and if it’s raining, forget it.

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