You could see the end coming as far back as the early 90's. I'm seriously surprised it took this long.
Back in the early 80's, on any given Friday night, walking around was always shoulder to shoulder - the mall was always crowded. Finding a spot to sit in the food court was usually a 45 minute ordeal.
When I moved back to town in 1990 after spending 3 years in Knoxville, you could already see the transformation of the Antioch area beginning to take shape. The area hadn't been overrun by Mexicans yet. But all the kids that were coming to the mall were sporting the white-trash ghetto look with their 3 sizes to big sports jerseys or wife beaters, caps hanging off the sides of their heads, and pants down well past their asses. Mall traffic started dying when the first remodel came in 1991. And when remodeling was done, it got overrun by thugs. Cool Springs and Bellevue started taking all the business. Then in the mid-90's, the Mexicans steadily flew into Antioch and the chain stores started dropping like flies. The day I knew the mall was nearing it's death is the day The Gap left. It was the last "upper tier" store left. It was the only non-anchor store left that was in HH when I moved here in 1982.
I can honestly say I'm truly amazed Belleveue Mall closed before Hickory Hollow.
Mr. Pink, you could probably beat it easily... I was never very good at Joust.
HAHA!! That's me playing the Joust!
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