So, last Monday my friend Gary & I drove out to Roanoke Rapids, NC to find different sodas and drinks. He told me when he was doing research on the city that there was a mall there; Becker Villiage Mall and it had a JC Penney and a Belk. I always like to visit new malls dead or alive so I was excited about this.
I knew things were going to be bad the minute we saw the sign. That is one oudated sign!
We walked in and Gary said, “Oh.my.God” and I said, “I’m in love!!”.
There were only three, four people walking in the mall. One was a custodian.
Upon doing research, we learned that this closed in 2002–when most of the mall packed up and moved out when KMart shut down.
This place looks like it was here from day one.
Gary took this picture from the bathroom hallway. My friend Sarah saw the pic on Flickr and said, “that’s a mall? weird. it looks like the science building at my school.” She also supplied the Becker photo.
I took a picture of the JC Penney as we were driving away.
So, this place only had six stores open:
and some generic “urban” store called Hit Wear.
The mall was small and about the size of two drugstores. When we both came home, Gary did research on the mall. Apparently KMart closing in 2002 killed this place. He found some things of interest:
Gary also showed me a pdf that had a picture (albeit very small) of the mall during its heyday. I don’t have the URL for it though.