Saturday, May 13, 2006

Greece Town Mall

Greece, New York - circa 1973

Sibley's & David's stores (left and right, respectively) at the rather spartan looking entrance to the old Greece Town Mall, which was merged in 1994 with Long Ridge Mall, to become The Mall at Greece Ridge, which is how it stands today.

I'm not sure exactly what year the original Greece Town Mall first opened, but I do know it was definitely around in the late '60s.

Mall history: ? - 1994
Current website: here (after merging)
Current aerial view


Blogger Paul said...

Greecetown was an amazing mall in its heyday. I remember going there as a kid. There were interesting fountains and conversation pits. There were huge TV screens for the time in the pits... they had abstract ethereal colors floating acrossed the screens... like the kind of colors that used to ghost on an old color TV after you shut it off. I don't think the combined Greecerige mall is doing very well. I think Eastview is the only mall in Rochester that is thriving.

Sun May 14, 10:53:00 PM  
Blogger BIGMallrat said...

Wow, that is one spartan mall. Did they think that was appealing?
I find it fascinating that they connected two malls together to make one big mall. There are two malls in Stockton, CA (Sherwood and Weberstown) that are right next to each other. I wish they'd connect them. It's a shame most people just drive from one to the other.

Mon May 15, 01:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Del Amo Fashion Center (owned by the Mills now) in Torrance California was once two malls.

The Del Amo Fasion Square on the north of Carson St was anchored by I Magnin, Bullocks, Ohrbach's, and the top store in fashion, Montgomerey Wards.

The Del Amo Mall was on the south of Carson St, with Sears, JCPenney, and The Broadway. In the 80's, a Robinsons store was added to the Mall, and a wing connecting the old Square on the north from the Robinsons store. Literally you had to go through Robinsons to get from one side of the mall to the other (still like this today).

Mon May 15, 07:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greecetown and Long ridge...I've been nostalgic for pictures of this mall since they merged em, and haven't been able to find any. There used to be these "chill out" areas in the central court, where there was this great orange carpet on the floor and this stone carved gulchy feeling to the walls in these niches. Inside there were these tv monitors showing psychadelic, almost soothing images, they were circular and the whole mall was beautiful!!! Keith, if you can find some more pictures of Greece Ridge or anyone can, PLEASE post them!!!

Wed May 17, 03:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone have a picture of the cheesy mural that was in the center of Greece Towne? It might still be there?

Mon Jul 10, 09:01:00 PM  
Blogger SAS said...

As I recall (and maybe I just want to remember it this way) the "chill out areas" were actually called the "Contemplation Stations".

Am I making that up?

What about the kid's playground - I think in Long Ridge - with the big foam blocks that you jumped on from one to the next? And the wooden sculpture of progressively bigger animals to climb on.

Now that I write these things, it all sounds like a strange, unbelievable upstate new york trip...

Sun Oct 01, 05:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was called the "Contemplation Area". I remember my Mom setting me on a bench in there while she did some shopping at B.Forman's. I LOVED the kalidoscope images on the monitors.

And the sponge playground - totally remember that! As a kid, it was my favorite thing in the mall. I remember the big wooden trojan horse with benches where the parents would sit while watching their kids bounce around on the foam cushions. I remember the red, white and blue tower that had all kinds of shapes on it - circles, stars, triangles. Kids could climb up it. I was too small at the time.

I wish there were pictures of all these great places on the web somewhere! I am really disappointed how the mall now looks just like any other mall. Greece Town and Long Ridge were both so unique.

I remember watching the big oil display where it looked like it was raining in Greece Town Mall. We'd take our ice cream from Baskin-Robbins there and enjoy it while watching the "rain". Ah, the memories!

Wed Oct 17, 10:40:00 AM  
Anonymous digitaljunkie said...

The old Sibley´s department store (Bon Ton) at Greece Ridge may be demolished in January of 2009. Wilmorite wants to add a collection of smaller stores and give the previous Greece Towne Mall a modern look. After living in Rochester for about 23 years, I can honestly say that we have had our fair share of demolitions and improvements. Greece Ridge will never be Eastview Mall. Wilmorite is only doing this because their mall could end up like Irondequoit Mall (Medley Centre). There were plenty of stores in Greece Towne before it was connected and most of them were removed or covered up with drywall. Nothing is left over there to attract customers, unless you want to watch a movie or eat at T.C. Hooligans. That Bon Ton store is a landmark because Greece Towne was the very first indoor shopping mall in the suburbs when it opened on May 1, 1967. I created a new website where you can see pictures and a video clip of Sibley´s and Greece Towne five months after they opened! Please visit!

Sat Jun 14, 12:19:00 PM  
Anonymous digitaljunkie said...

¨Does anyone have a picture of the cheesy mural that was in the center of Greece Towne? It might still be there?¨

Are you talking about the Old Trolley Route mural? That was in Greece Ridge for a while and one day, some idiot either removed it or painted the spot where it was. During that time, someone also removed an original outdoor lighted mall entrance sign from Greece Towne. It was located near where T.C. Hooligans is now. We never did hear about where it ended up. After all these years, I still want that sign! The original entrance/exit signs from Long Ridge are still around. Who knows for how long though... God I miss those beautiful shopping malls.

Sat Jun 14, 12:34:00 PM  
Anonymous digitaljunkie said...

One thing no one mentioned about Long Ridge Mall is the cafeteria that used to be in Woolworth´s. I remember eating there as a toddler in 1987. Forgot all about it until now. I miss those days.

Tue Jun 17, 11:31:00 AM  
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Fri Jul 11, 05:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't help but think that there may be some confusion here. The contemplation pits were at Long Ridge Mall not at Greece Towne Mall. I used to work at Long Ridge Mall and there were many times when I would sit in those pits during my dinner breaks. Greece Towne Mall was sparsely decorated but they did have that huge, fantastic oil/glycerin fountain.

Fri Jul 11, 05:37:00 PM  
Anonymous digitaljunkie said...

Recently, I received interior and exterior photos of Long Ridge Mall. Most of what everyone is describing has been displayed on my website. Please visit and check them out. All I ask is that these pictures remain on the website, unless you want to copy some for your own personal use.

Mon Aug 25, 02:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Digitaljunkie, thanks for posting those pictures on your site, they're great! They sure do bring back a lot of memories. I was really blown away when I saw the picture of the store where I worked at, Hanover Shoes at Long Ridge Mall.

Mon Aug 25, 05:10:00 PM  
Anonymous digitaljunkie said...

You´re welcome. I was actually going to IM you about these photos being on my website. Most of those stores I do not even remember and I almost forgot what this place looked like inside. I am glad you enjoyed the pictures!

Mon Aug 25, 08:39:00 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember the Greece Town Mall and the Long Ridge Mall. They were pretty good malls for the time and area. The Orange Julius was in Greece Town Mall, although it could have been at Long Ridge. They used real oranges. Also, they were the forerunner of the smoothies and so on as far as I'm concerned. Today I think they use (wherever they may be)puree and juice. I used to go to both malls with my Ma from Holley, New York. But, we mostly went to the Ridgemont Plaza shopping center there in the area on Ridge Road and later to Two Guys farther west on Ridge Road. Oh to have that era back again; the 60's and 70's! Oh well.
Thank you for listening.

Todd DeFrank

Fri Apr 22, 03:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to love those foam blocks. Now I think about it they were big germ magnets

Sun Apr 08, 12:40:00 PM  

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