Thursday, August 03, 2006

Conestoga Mall

Grand Island, Nebraska - circa 1960s(?)

This is a rough one quality-wise (trying to get a better version), but that interior on the right looks so garish and old-school mall tacky, that it needs to be seen (to be believed). The bloodred carpeting alone is worth the price of admission. Yikes!

From what I last heard, this mall is still hanging on, but purportedly breathing its last breaths as we speak--I don't know if that's technically true or not, though. Good luck to the old girl, I say!

Mall History: ? - present
Current website: here
Current aerial view
Previous entries: none


Blogger Steven Swain said...

You ever seen something so ugly it turns cool again? This is it.

Thu Aug 03, 10:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Rob said...

This one is an oddity. I'm not even going to try and describe the interior. Well, it looks like something John Denver would have used in one of his videos.

Thu Aug 03, 10:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Conestoga mall isn't dead according to their site - sure there are some vacancies but it doesn't look desperate.

Thu Aug 03, 11:45:00 PM  
Blogger hushpuppy said...

I guess it was not uncommon for two variety stores to be in the same mall back then. I remember the Westlake Shopping Center, just over the San Francisco border, had F.W. Woolworth and W.T. Grant right next door to each other

Fri Aug 04, 12:40:00 AM  
Blogger hushpuppy said...

sorry. that last comment I posted belongs in the Harundale Mall entry. Staying up too late I huess

Fri Aug 04, 02:11:00 PM  
Blogger BIGMallrat said...

It's Nebraska, I think they are all dead anyway.

Fri Aug 04, 04:14:00 PM  
Blogger J.T. said...

That attempt at Early American mixed with 70's decor produced what is quite possibly the ugliest mall I've ever seen there. Normally I'm a fan of the old-school, but that is frightening and literally caused eyestrain to look at.

Wed Aug 30, 06:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up in Grand Island and have fond memories of the mall... It is the only mall in Grand Island and in its early years had some very nice stores. The mall had a western theme. The copper sculpture in the picture was a maze a copper pipe and pieces that water travelled through. Other areas of the mall had recessed seating areas surrounded by cactus, old saddles, and other western artifacts all in sand surrounded by a brick border. These areas are now level with the shopping mall floor and all sand, cactus, and the copper fountain are long gone. Liability perhaps? Miller and Paine, Brandeis were the original anchor stores. Next came Sears and JCPenney's was last. One of the strangest memories of that mall was the Barrio Cheese House. ( I believe that is the proper spelling) The closest thing I can compare it to was a Hickory farms store. It had coolers full of every cheese known to man... You never know when you might want to pick up some cheese while shopping. It also had a Magnavox electronics store called Crabtree's Magnavox (named after the owner) This was a popular place becuse it had working tv's on display where many people could see the football game scores while at the mall. Also there was a cool hobby shop called World of Toys and Hobbies. It had a working model train set in the window - a popular gathering place for kids. It was also a very strict store. I remember a sign stating something along the lines that children under a certain age had to be accompanied by an adult in the store. All of these stores are long gone except for the anchors. Brandeis became Younkers, Miller and Paine became Dillards. Sears and Penneys are still there. Ahh the memories - to be young again...

Wed Feb 21, 01:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, just FYI this mall was built in 1974. It is still thriving.

Fri Aug 25, 11:05:00 PM  

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