50 old mall stores you probably haven’t seen for years (at least not looking like this)

Old mall stores that don't exist anymore

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Mall stores of memory…

Oh, those glory days of the massive and spectacular indoor suburban shopping mall. How we thought they’d never end!

These days, for better or worse, we Americans are more likely to do our shopping online rather than drive to the mall or a department store.

But a curious thing happened in the early 2020s: We realized just how much we’d been taking that glorious mall experience for granted, even as it’s fading away. 

In this spirit of reminiscing, we’ve collected 50+ photos of some of the most memorable mall stores from the heyday of shopping centers in the 60s, 70s and 80s

Vintage 1970s shopping mall with two levels

Fortunately, some of our favorite mall stores still exist — including The Gap, Hickory Farms, and Bloomingdale’s.

But far more have been consolidated, rebranded, or just closed down (we’re looking at you with sadness, Esprit de Corps). Others have shifted their presence to focus on ecommerce.

In any case, we hope you enjoy this nostalgia trip to the mall as much as we loved compiling it.

PS: Don’t miss part 1 — These 48 vintage indoor malls are so dazzling, you’ll want to hop in a time machine and shop ’til you drop and 12 abandoned malls & the history of their heartbreaking decline.

1960s: When mall stores were an entirely fresh and new suburban experience!

Dayton’s department store at Brookdale Shopping Center, Minneapolis (1966)

The parent company of the old Dayton’s department store is still around today, as a little shop you know as Target

Dayton's department store at Brookdale Shopping Center, Minneapolis MN (1966)


Vintage Smith & Welton store at a shopping mall (1960s)

Vintage Smith and Welton store at a shopping mall (1960s)


6 vintage Sears department stores (1962)

ALSO SEE: The history of the iconic Sears ‘Wish Book’ Christmas catalog that made dreams come true

Vintage Sears department stores in 1962


Hudson’s store at Oakland Mall – Troy, Michigan (1969)

Hudson's store at Oakland Mall - Troy, Michigan (1969)


Old Newberry’s store (1964)

Old Newberry's store (1964)


Vintage McDonald’s mall store in 1968

No — this was a regular department store, not the McDonald’s restaurant!

Vintage McDonald's mall store (1968)


B Dalton Bookseller – Sunvalley Mall, Concord, California (1967)

B Dalton store - Sunvalley Mall, Concord, California (1967)


Vintage Gray Drug store (1969)

DON’T MISS: See vintage drugstores 100 years ago, selling lots of things you can’t (legally) buy anymore

Vintage Gray Drug store (1969)


Bond Clothes mall shop (1965)

Old fashioned Bond Clothes mall shop (1965)


Stores that don’t exist anymore: Chess King (1969)

Vintage 60s Chess King store (1969)


An old (Montgomery) Wards store in 1966

Old Wards store (1966)


Retro sixties Florsheim Shoes (1963)

Retro Florsheim Shoes store (1963)


Paul’s Shoes (1968)

ALSO SEE: Vintage shoe stores: See what shoe shopping really used to be like

Paul's Shoes - Mall store (1968)


1970s: The 70s started the era of peak mall-building in the United States

Vintage Golde’s mall shop (1978)

Vintage Golde's mall shop (1978)


Alcove fashion shop (1978)

Old Alcove fashion shop (1978)


70s Woman’s World Shops (1973)

ALSO SEE: 50 vintage mini dresses & cute miniskirts from the 60s & 70s

70s Woman's World Shops (1973)


Double Up mall clothing shop (1970)

Double Up mall clothing shop (1970)


Team store – Electronics (1972)

Team store (1972)


Vintage Circus World mall shop (1970s)

Vintage Circus World mall shop (1970s)


Harrison Fabric and Draperies (1970)

Harrison Fabric and Draperies (1970)


Old mall stores that don’t exist anymore: Lion (1972)

Vintage 70s Lion store (1972)


Vintage Fine’s store (1973)

Vintage Fine's store (1973)


An old United Shirt mall clothing store (1973)

United Shirt mall clothing store (1973)


Thompson Boland Lee mall store (1970)

Old Thompson Boland Lee mall store (1970)


Big N – Neisner mall store (1973)

Big N - Neisner mall store (1973)


Vintage Foxmoor store (1970)

Vintage Foxmoor store (1970)


Vintage 1970s K & K toy store

REMEMBER? Vintage Hoppity Hop & Hoppity Horse toys were bouncing balls of fun

Vintage 1970s K and K toy store


An old-style CVS mall store (1971)

Old CVS mall store (1971)


Montgomery Ward retro mall shop (1974)

Montgomery Ward mall shop (1974)


Retro 70s Standard Sportswear shop (1976)

Retro 70s Standard Sportswear shop (1976)


Thornton’s mall store with old TV sets (1977)

Thornton's mall store with old TV sets (1977)


Old mall stores that don’t exist anymore: Murphy’s Mart (1973)

Murphy's Mart (1973)


J B Hudson jeweler (1974)

J B Hudson jeweler (1974)


Retro 70s Woolworth mall shop (1979)

Retro 70s Woolworth mall shop (1979)


Vintage Woolco shop (1974)

Vintage Woolco shop (1974)


Richman Brothers store – Clothing for men (1970)

ALSO SEE: Vintage menswear: 60 old-school suits guys were wearing back in the 1970s

Richman Brothers store (1970)


Vintage Hit or Miss – Zayre store (1970)

Vintage Hit or Miss - Zayre store (1970)


Old Thayer McNeil Shoes (1971)

Old Thayer McNeil Shoes store at a mall (1971)


Old mall stores that don’t exist anymore: Adams Row clothing (1970)

Adams Row clothing store (1970)


The Young Individualist clothing store (1972)

The Young Individualist clothing store (1972)


Two retro Rich’s stores from 1973

Two retro Rich's stores from 1973


Strawbridge & Clothier grand court at mall in Pennsylvania (1972)

Strawbridge & Clothier grand court at mall in Pennsylvania (1972)


Old Lerner Shops mall store

DON’T MISS: 170 hip vintage 1970s dresses, skirts, pantsuits & other fab retro fashion for women

Vintage Lerner Shops mall store


Vintage Casual Corner mall store from the 1970s

Vintage Casual Corner mall store from the 1970s


JC Penney at Southdale Shopping Center, Minnesota (1972)

JC Penney at Southdale Shopping Center, Minnesota (1972)


Vintage Hickory Farms mall storefront (1970s/1980s)

SEE MORE: Remember Hickory Farms? That’s how we fed our charcuterie obsession back in the day

Vintage Hickory Farms mall storefront


Florsheim Shoes store at a mall (1973)

Retro Florsheim Shoes store at a mall (1973)


Thayer McNeil Shoes (1973)

ALSO SEE: Late ’70s fashion: Women’s shoes from 1979

Thayer McNeil Shoes (1973)


Vintage Foot Locker shoe store (1978)

Vintage Foot Locker shoe store (1978)


Old mall shops that don’t exist anymore: Alberts womenswear (1978)

ALSO SEE: Vintage fashion: Sassy, stylish women’s suits from the ’70s

Alberts mall store (1978)


Susie’s Casuals clothing store (1979)

Susie's Casuals clothing mall store (1979)


1980s: Mall building peaked in the mid-80s

Vintage Cask and Flask mall store in Indiana (c1980s)

Vintage Cask and Flask mall store in Indiana (c1980s)


Vintage Kinney Shoes store (c1980s)

ALSO SEE: 80s shoes for men: Footwear that stylish guys were wearing back in the day

Vintage Kinney Shoes store (c1980s)


Old mall stores that don’t exist anymore: Mervyns in the 80s

Vintage 1980s Mervyns store


The Gap retro clothing store

Vintage store - The Gap

DON’T MISS! Vintage Esprit fashion from the 80s & 90s: This innovative clothing line was ahead of its time


Old Bloomingdale’s department store – Town Center at Boca Raton, Florida (1980s)

Old Bloomingdale's department store - Town Center at Boca Raton, Florida (1980s)


80s Eddie Bauer mall store (1987)

Vintage 80s Eddie Bauer mall store (1987)

ALSO SEE: These were the Eddie Bauer edition Ford Bronco & Bronco II SUV/trucks from the 80s


Vintage Afterthoughts mall shop (1985)

Vintage Afterthoughts mall shop (1985)


Retro United Shirt store (1986)

Retro United Shirt store (1986)


Retro Johnson and Murphy store and Journeys shop (1988)

MORE: 284+ retro women’s shoes from the ’80s

Retro Johnson and Murphy store and Journeys shop (1988)


Tandy stores – VideoConcepts and Radio Shack (1989)

Tandy stores - VideoConcepts and Radio Shack (1989)

NOW CHECK THIS OUT: These 48 vintage indoor malls were so dazzling, you’ll want to hop in a time machine and shop ’til you drop

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5 Responses

  1. Regarding the Ward’s sign – “Montgomery” was always a part of the name. If anything, that picture was taken late in the company’s existence.

  2. Of course, having grown up in northern Illinois, I most miss “Marshall Field’s”. But I also recall the other stores at my local mall, which included Prange’s and their discount offshoot, Prange Way. Those were the days!

  3. Of all the defunct mall stores, I miss B Dalton the most. I could spend hours there just browsing. And anytime I had a spare couple of bucks, I’d actually buy a book.

  4. There was a store that sold Copper items, bronze items, and I think paintings.
    I still have a pair of brass swans from all those years ago.
    Does anybody remember this store ?

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