Lake Air Shopping Center
Waco, Texas - circa 1960's
I've done a couple of interior shots of the Lake Air Shopping Center (aka Lake Air Mall) in the past (see the previous entries links below), so now here's an exterior view finally--you can just see the entrance sign too, on the right.
Lake Air was sold in 2001 and the site redeveloped into a strip mall power center, anchored by a large Target store. In this article, the new owners at the time had this to say:
"The indoor, air-conditioned concept is going away. People aren't really building those anymore. It (Lake Air Mall) is going to be turned into a power center. There won't be indoor access from store to store; instead every store will have drive-up, outdoor access. What's driving this development is the retailers."Well, that's not all. The article also went on to point out that the new Lake Air Mall was being designed to be more appealing to local Baylor University students. So that was obviously a factor driving the redevelopment as well. They wanted to make a more youth-friendly shopping center.
All I know is, looking at those two cool interior shots I've already posted, it really is a shame to see the old place gone.
Mall history: 1960 - 2001 (redeveloped)
Current website: n/a
Current aerial view: n/a
Previous entries: 1, 2