Monday, September 25, 2006

Belknap Mall

Belmont, New Hampshire - circa 1970s

Here's another mall not covered here yet. The Belknap Mall, the lone enclosed mall in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. The above photo (which I believe dates to the '70s) was taken before a late '80s expansion, which added a Zayre store to the back end. Dead Malls has a short history page if you'd like to know more (they're apparently calling it dead).

Though I list the mall's history going to the present (for the place is still there), it appears it's currently got a lot of vacancies and/or non-retail tenants filling its floorspace, so it's not exactly a thriving, fully-functioning shopping mall right now.

Mall history: 1973 - present
Current website: here
Current aerial view
Previous entries: none


Blogger BIGMallrat said...

It's a mall? It looks like an office park.
It doesn't look like they are stuggling, according to their Website. They have some vacancies, but nothing major. Although, if Wal*Mart moved to town, this place would be an Indian bingo hall.

Mon Sep 25, 12:57:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

I'm only going by what I read, and according to (in an entry posted September 3, 2006) it's somewhat struggling:

"The mall from the outside appears healthy; however the stores inside that lack outside entrances are largely vacant or taken by non-traditional tenants".

That's certainly never a good thing.

Mon Sep 25, 05:59:00 PM  
Blogger Cora said...

The anchor on the left is supposed to be a store called Shaw's? It looks like a Sears logo to me.

Mon Sep 25, 06:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Bobby said...

That next to last letter is definitely W, it was Shaw's.

Tue Sep 26, 01:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a great pic! I've been going to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire from New York City since I was a little kid in the 60's. Shaw's is a major supermarket chain in the New England area. This Shaw's has been there since the mall opened (70's?). I remember when this was a thriving mall. I was there this past July and couldn't believe how dead the place was. It has to be half vacant. The biggest draw other than Shaw's appears to be the Dunkin Donuts which is located in the front of the parking lot on Route 3. There are Walmarts, factory outlets, a BJ'S and a Target and another Shaw's within 5 miles of the mall but it still stands. Not sure how it survives...

Tue Sep 26, 01:42:00 PM  
Blogger labelscar said...

I hope to get to this mall someday soon for a Labelscar post. It's definitely kind of dead, but I haven't been since they added Peebles and Big Lots as anchors. I can't imagine these have changed things much, however.

It's most definitely still open, but Belknap is (and always was) a pretty small mall. The opening of the larger Steeplegate Mall in Concord (a city that always was large enough to support a mall, unlike Laconia) probably didn't help Belknap at all.

Fri Sep 29, 12:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this mall used to be almost dead but within the last year they have added so many stores. like a verizon wireless, and ice cream store with ice cream to die for. they just recently brought in quiznos.they also just put in a clothing store called maurices that actually has decent womens clothing and the marketing events sre great. it has gotten so much more lively within the past year.

Thu Oct 18, 06:07:00 PM  

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